Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to 'Teaching electronics in KS3 D&T'

    • Where are you in your learning at the moment?

  • 2

    Introducing electronics

    • What is 'electronics'?

    • Why is electronics important?

    • Requirements of the National Curriculum

    • Links with science

    • Route map to developing electronics

  • 3

    Basic concepts and building blocks

    • Basic concepts

    • What maths is needed?

    • Basic active components

    • Resistor value quiz

    • Basic passive components

    • Building circuits

  • 4

    Pulling it together

    • How circuits work

    • Examples of different circuits

  • 5

    How to design electronic solutions

    • Systems approach to designing a circuit

    • Using electronic design cards to help

  • 6

    Project ideas

    • Design context sheets

  • 7

    Moving to manufacture

    • PCB manufacture

    • How to power it

    • How to enclose the product

  • 8


    • Next Steps

    • Where is your learning now?


Brian Smith

Brian is an experienced teacher of both D&T and ICT, as a Head of Dept and Assistant Head. He has been involved in Electronics at a national level since the 1980’s, was an IEE Electronics Teacher of the year, an EIS trainer, a Principal Examiner for Electronic Products and a Design & Technology Association consultant. A classroom practitioner who is a designer & programmer from the ground up, with a key focus on Embedded Electronics development. He has considerable school and CPD experience in the UK and overseas, with a wide range of D&T and Computing courses via ICSAT.