Electronics

* This is a Material Intensive Elective. Confirmed enrolment in this Elective is conditional on payment of the Material Intensive charge of $30.

Course Description

Students’ previous experiences from Year 7 with Robotics & Picaxe Reprogrammable Microcontrollers, will be enhanced by undertaking this unit. Students selecting this unit should have an interest in further enhancing their studies in the field of electronics, robotics and reprogrammable microchips All students in Year 9 Robotics will build and learn how to program their own Picaxe 8M Uniboard Microcontroller using “Program Editor”. Students will attach the controller to their own design in order to produce a variety of set tasks to achieve many mechanical and electronic controlled outcomes e.g. extension boards, seven segment displays, robots, servo motors, infrared controls, basketball counters etc.

Any additional 'Add Ons' that students wish to take home and keep will need to be purchased by them.

  1. Investigate

    Students will conduct research using the internet, with a variety of links, discovering many aspects of the Picaxe Microcontroller system and its capabilities.

  2. Design

    Using a “Design Brief” approach, students will design various mechanical and electronic outcomes including various Robots.

  3. Production

    Students will construct, test and operate various Picaxe prototypes and models, using problem solving techniques.

  4. Evaluation

    Students will assess the effectiveness of their designs by working in groups and by giving oral and practical demonstrations of their various outcomes.

Students will automate and control models such as robotic arms, traffic lights, washing machines, cranes and automatic feeding devices using the computer. Students will be able to design and construct their own models by using a variety of materials, pneumatic equipment, electric motors and gearboxes.

Class Work

Students will:

  • construct, test and program their own Picaxe 8M microcontroller
  • produce a model to be controlled by their microcontroller
  • complete an evaluation of their experiences during the design and manufacturing phases

 

Contact Teacher - Pat McMahon