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Building Robots: SL

Friday 14 September 2018
10:00 - 12:00
58 Hours / 29 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

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£218.00 Course symbols: CL - No Half Fee Available I

Course description

Explore the interesting and fun world of programming. Learn how to create messages and displays that show on an LED screen, command robots to move around and programme your own little computer. CL

Entry requirements

A) Guidance needed: Contact Supported Learning Curriculum Manager/Curriculum Support. B) Entry requirements: None. Learners and carers should ensure that the Learner Support and Health Declaration form is completed and returned before the start of their class. This should include specific details in the section: Please explain to us how we can support you? This will help the tutor to understand, plan for and meet each learner’s individual needs.

What you will learn

The course will cover basic programming, using maths and English skills and knowledge to ‘tell’ an LED display what to show, how to change the lettering and symbols and how to alter the speed of the display. We will examine the way simple moving robots are built, construct our own using Lego and/or basic construction kits and make the robots move around using a track that we have designed and made. We will also look at the use of small computer units, such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino, and the ways it can be used in the same way as a desktop or laptop computer.

How you will learn on this course

The course will be taught through lectures, presentations and demonstrations, group work to create ideas, discussions and active tasks including using a computer to programme a display and make a small wheeled robot.

How you will be assessed on this course

1. Follow computer health and safety instructions. 2. Turn on and log in to a computer. 3. Use a keyboard and mouse to control a computer. 4. Access the Internet. 5. Log in to a Web site. 6. Connect different devices to a computer. 7. Safely remove devices from a computer. 8. Type information into a programme. 9. Decide what to display on a sign in different situations. 10. Create a looping display sign. 11. Change a looping display sign. 12. Complete tasks independently. 13. Complete work in groups. 14. Follow instructions. a) With assistance. b) On my own. 15. Ask for help when needed. 16. Use a screwdriver. 17. Use a spanner. 18. Build a basic wheeled robot, following instructions. 19. Build a basic Lego robot, following instructions. 20. Give the robot instructions. 21. Make a small race track. 22. Connect a computer board to a screen. 23. Connect a keyboard to a computer board. 24. Connect a mouse to a computer board. 25. Navigate the computer using Linux. 25. Open programmes on the computer board. 26. Use the computer board to measure the temperature. 27. Use the computer board to tell the time. 28. Use the computer board to take a photograph. 29. Use the computer board to programme a robot.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)

Not applicable.

What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Students will be encouraged to research topics outside of class time and use the Internet and College VLE.

What you need for your course

Equipment that students can buy to assist their learning will be discussed, however no purchases will be needed to complete the course.

What you need to bring to the first class

Pens and paper for note taking and form filling.

What you can do next

Other tailor-made courses for people with a learning disability can be found in the College brochure and in the Supported Learning section of the College website.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking