GCSE ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 2009 GCSE Electronic Products This is a new course for Keswick School commencing September ’09. It is aimed at those students who have an interest in the rapidly developing world of electronics and who also enjoy designing and making. GCSE Electronic Products “Young people use electronics in their everyday lives; using the internet to support school work or stay in touch with friends, playing networked games on platforms such as Playstation and Xbox, sending SMS and MMS messages to friends on mobile phones. Young people are generally very adaptable to new technologies. They are growing up in an age of electronics. “ GCSE Electronic Products The course is based around a practical approach that encourages students to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components, new technologies and modern electronic devices. The packaging of the electronic circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials, or students can purchase a commercially made case and modify it to meet their project needs. GCSE Electronic Products WHY DO IT? “The skills that young people learn through electronics design & technology are at the heart of generating a skilled and enthusiastic workforce. These skills are also invaluable for the personal growth and success of these young people; at school, out of school, and to take them on to their future careers” GCSE Electronic Products “Studying electronics in design and technology can help pupils question and understand the technological advances of the world they live in. The key skills of designing and making, problem solving, decision making and communicating that pupils learn in electronics, are the kinds of skills that are invaluable for innovation.” Oh………………and it can be fun! GCSE Electronic Products Year 10 “Simon Says” game A range of alarms can be produced GCSE Electronic Products Electronic Game Snooker Scorer GCSE Electronic Products Electronic Dice Bike Speedometer GCSE Electronic Products However, it is an examination course, so…………….. There is structure, there are deadlines to be met, there will be homework set and there will be an expectation that students take responsibility for their own learning. There is a theory content and students will be expected to have an understanding of basic electronic theory (some overlap with physics here). Year 10 will largely be given over to making a series of small “design & make” exercises To expose candidates to a wide range of components and concepts. Year 11 is spent entirely on the production of a major project which is responsible for 60% of your final grade. GCSE Electronic Products Course Structure and Assessment: There is one terminal examination which covers all abilities and is responsible for 40% of your final grade. There is one piece of examined coursework (year 11) and is responsible for 60% Of your final grade. This is a practical based course but students cannot afford to neglect the theory element. GCSE Electronic Products In today’s world safety of the individual has become an important issue; the ever increasing use of roads by cars, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians is just one area where government is trying to improve levels of safety Task 1 – Road Safety Road safety is important for all road users including pedestrians. Investigate one aspect of road safety and design and make a prototype which could be used to help prevent accidents GCSE Electronic Products Advertising, promotions, entrepreneurs are words that are associated with the world of selling, shops and shopping; designers have to catch the eye of their customers to make them go into a shop by clever marketing ploys. Task 2 – Promotional display The manager of a local store has asked you to design a promotional display for the entrance to a store that can be used to promote a product of your choice. The display should attract the customers’ attention with movement, light or sound, or a combination of these. The promotional display should operate when someone enters the store or stands in front of the display. You have been asked to design and make a working prototype of the display that can be evaluated in the store. GCSE Electronic Products Raising funds for charity requires ingenuity; the UK has a long tradition of raising funds for good causes, whether it is for lifeboats, Children in Need or for a local scout hut Task 3 – Electronic Game A local primary school has asked you to design and make an electronic game that can be used at their Summer Fair to raise funds for the school. The game could be based on chance, or involve skill, but must be fun to play and be suitable for all ages. GCSE Electronic Products Teaching children the value of money, and how to spend and save, is now part of the school curriculum Task 4 – Money Box A local bank wishes to encourage young children to save their pocket money. You have been asked to design and make a novelty device which will make it fun for children to use and save their money.