DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY:
MAY 2014 UPDATE
18 BRAND NEW PRODUCTS INSIDE!
ENGAGING WITH E-TEXTILES: see inside for new products, tutorials, and news.
ALSO INSIDE New Kitronik Website Teach First Training Day Social Media news Kitronik invest in a Pick and Place Machine
NEW PRODUCTS Motors and Wheels Arduino and Accessories Programmable LilyPad E-Textiles
OUR NEW WEBSITE IS HERE! We have worked extremely hard to ensure that our new website offers the best possible customer experience for all. We are so happy with the way that the website looks and functions – see the site’s main features below and head to www.kitronik.co.uk to see for yourself!
SEARCH & FILTERING Our new and improved search engine provides much greater speed and efficiency. You can now also filter our Project Kits, LEDs, and Perspex categories by product features. Sort the results by Key Stage suitability, the price range that suits your budget, and more, by selecting these subcategories further down the page under ‘Shopping Options’.
Need your goods sooner than our standard delivery service can provide? You can now upgrade your shipping method! You can also place orders on account, which we’d invoice the school for – please set up an account then get in touch with us to request this service.
The website now features a Blog, which shall be updated regularly to keep you up-to-date with all of our new products, general Kitronik news, and changes that are made to the D&T Curriculum. We also intend to share articles and projects that we feel are fun, educational and inspiring (of course all D&T related).
NEW MOTORS AND WHEELS Get your project off to the right start with this wheel, which is designed to ‘push fit’ onto our matching 90RPM Geared Hobby Motor that runs off a voltage of 3V to 6V. The wheels are 68mm in diameter, they have a solid plastic rim and rubber treaded tyres. A perfect set of motors and wheels for building your own buggy.
Wheel for Geared Hobby Motor
Right Angle Geared Hobby Motor
Low Inertia Solar DC Mini Motor
90mm Blue Three Blade Propeller
LOW INERTIA SOLAR MOTOR This is a Low Inertia Solar DC Mini Motor. - Operating voltage: 0.5V to 3V - Axle diameter: 2mm - Starting speed: 1000RPM - Starting current: 30mA at 0.5V
90MM BLUE THREE BLADE PROPELLER This large propeller can be used with any motor with a 2mm shaft. The diameter is approximately 90mm. The large propeller works nicely with the new Solar Motor above (an example of them in use is shown right).
EXPLORE THE WORLD OF ARDUINO WITH THESE KITS MAKEY MAKEY
REDBOARD STARTER KIT
The MaKey MaKey is an Arduinocompatible controller that tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard, or piano with fruit!
RedBoard Starter Kit is a great kit for electronics and Arduino programming. This kit is essentially a mini SparkFun Inventor's Kit that includes the SparkFun RedBoard (programmed with Arduino, just like the Arduino Uno), USB Mini-B cable, and a multitude of parts and sensors. www.kitronik.co.uk/redboardstarterkitguide
The MaKey MaKey in use
ARDUINO ACCESSORIES BASIC 16x2 CHARACTER LCD
ARDUINO AND BREADBOARD HOLDER
This is a 16 character by 2 line display that runs at 3.3V. It uses the ST7066/HD44780 parallel interface - the interface code is widely available for many different controllers and systems.
A prototyping holder for a breadboard and any other board that has the Arduino mounting holes such as the Arduino Uno, RedBoard, The Leonardo and FEZ Panda.
BREADBOARD WITH BINDING POSTS
This is a standard solderless breadboard with three binding posts, two power buses, and black aluminium plate backing. It works with a wide variety of wire gauges.
These Jumper Wires are 20cm in length and are sold in packs of 10, one of each colour. The M/F variety has a male connector on one end and female on the other. The M/M variety has male connectors on both ends.
20cm M/F, pack of 10
20cm M/M, pack of 10
TEACH FIRST, TEACH E-TEXTILES
@Kitronik - Feb 25 - 5.25am Just got on the train in Nottingham. Heading to London to deliver a days E-Textile training to Teach First teachers. It feels early!
The Teach First Training Day was held on Tuesday 25th February at Highgate School, London (all thanks to Andy Thompson, the school’s Head of D&T, and Joy Palmer from Teach First who organised the event). There were six Teach First teachers in total, all of whom undertook a short intensive teacher training program during the summer of 2013 and consequently started teaching in September. By the end of this year they will all be fully qualified teachers. What does ‘Teach First’ do? Teach First ‘find, train and support people to become brilliant teachers, inspiring the young people who need them the most’. To help in this mission, Kevin from Kitronik delivered an E-Textiles workshop
using products from our Electro-Fashion range. All of the teachers made their own E-Textiles circuit with Kevin’s guidance. Later in the day, Kevin trained three members of staff and one Highgate student in using the LilyPad products. Whereas the success of an E-Textile circuit made up of Electro-Fashion components depends mostly on sewing technique and the connection between the components, the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board focuses on programming (see page 9). www.teachfirst.org.uk
MORE E-TEXTILES NEWS E-TEXTILE PROJECTS BY NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATES We had the pleasure of seeing and supporting a number of undergraduate E-Textiles projects from the initial designs right through to the final stages. We loved working with the students and are really impressed with the level of detail that went into each design. This dreamcatcherinspired dress is one of the projects that has been delicately finished with white sewable LEDs.
ELECTRO -FASHION LIGHT SENSORS
ELECTRO-FASHION FEATURES ON THE RASPBERRY JAMBOREE, MANCHESTER, GOODY BAG! The OCR Raspberry Jamboree, held at Manchester Central on 27th and 28th February 2014, was the second international convention sharing the educational potential of the Raspberry Pi™ computer. Raspberry Jamboree Party Bags, containing all kinds of useful Raspberry Pi accessories, were given out to the lucky visitors. The sewable circuit projects that featured on the Party Bags (using ElectroFashion products) were a massive hit!
PROTOSNAP E-TEXTILES KITS FOR BEGINNERS The ProtoSnap series is great for GCSE students looking to add more advanced features to a wearable project. Students can now prototype their projects without a breadboard. Everything is wired together on a single board, which makes it easy to explore the possibilities of the components before snapping them apart and building them into your project.
LILYPAD DEVELOPMENT BOARD Consisting of a LilyPad Simple Board, a buzzer, vibration motor, RGB LED, a button, switch, five LEDs, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor, this board lets you dive right into wearable electronics. Once you’ve learned how to program the LilyPad Arduino Simple Board, break apart the components ready to be sewn into your textiles design using conductive thread (included) and explore the power of the LilyPad platform. Description
ProtoSnap - LilyPad Development Board
LILYPAD E-SEWING KIT
The E-Sewing Kit pairs a LilyPad coin cell breakout board with a switch, a button, and five LEDs. This kit even includes a needle set, conductive thread, a battery and a fabric template so that you can start your project as soon as you open the box.
Bring some sparkle to your project with this board, which includes the LilyTwinkle (programmed to send the LEDs twinkling once connected with conductive thread (included), a coin cell battery holder (with built-in switch), and four white LEDs.
JOIN THE E-TEXTILES CRAZE WITH OUR EXTENDED LILYPAD RANGE You can find our full range of LilyPad products at: www.kitronik.co.uk/lilypad 10LILYPAD BRAND NEWPIXEL BOARD PRODUCTS INSIDE! The LilyPad Pixel Board will light up in whatever colour you like. You can even chain several boards together to form a display or an addressable string for full effect.
LILYTINY LilyTiny is a quick and easy way to add twinkling lights to a project without any programming or a bulky Main Board. Simply sew on 4 LEDs and connect a battery and the LEDs will each blink or fade differently.
LILYPAD VIBE BOARD
LILYPAD PROTOBOARD SMALL
Apply 5V and be shaken by this small, but powerful, vibration motor. It works great as a physical indicator without notifying anyone but the wearer.
This is a small board for prototyping through hole components with the LilyPad system. There are an array of pins all shorted together with 10mil traces. This allows for quick and easy prototyping all you have to do is cut the traces between the holes that you don't want connected!
LOOKING FOR SOME E-TEXTILES INSPIRATION? We have so many E-Textiles tutorials and resources for you to choose from: from the very basic ‘How to Make a Basic E-Textile Circuit’ resource to more intricate tutorials such as ‘How to Make a Rocket Key Ring LED Torch’. Our easy to follow guides illustrate just how easy and fun E-Textiles projects are and, at the very least, aim to inspire.
EXAMPLE TUTORIAL: HOW TO MAKE A ROCKET TORCH KEY RING LED TORCH The rocket torch uses reflective fabric and three LEDs that are activated by a push switch: designed to help you find small items in your bag in low light conditions. 1
MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT
CREATE THE E-TEXTILE CIRCUIT
PREPARE THE ROCKET BODY
STITCH THE ROCKET LAYERS TOGETHER, LIGHTLY STUFF, & PUSH TO ACTIVATE!
MORE TUTORIALS – FOR SEASONAL FESTIVITIES AND FOR PLEASURE
DOG WITH MAGNETACTIVATED LED NOSE www.kitronik.co.uk/etextilestutorials
VALENTINE MAGNETACTIVATED LED HEARTS
PICK AND PLACE MACHINE Rather than manually picking surface mount components from a reel and placing them onto PCBs (which was the process for our Electro-Fashion Sewable PCB LEDs), we have invested in a Pick and Place Machine (P‘n’P Machine) to do all of the fiddly work for us. With this machine up and running, all that we
have to do is hit the ‘Start’ button and the P‘n’P Machine will perform this component placement for us. The P‘n’P Machine saves minutes, even hours, during a typical day in production and ensures that we have plenty of stock on our shelves.
THE PICK AND PLACE MACHINE IN ACTION; ELECTRO-FASHION LED FLASHER UNITS IN PRODUCTION
Apply solder paste onto the PCB.
Once the components have been placed, send the PCB through the reflow oven to melt the solder paste.
Insert the PCB into the Pick and Place Machine and run the commands to place the components.
Allow to cool and test!
DOES YOUR D&T DEPARTMENT HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT? We are seeing more and more Design and Technology departments creating social media accounts. Online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook provide an incredibly useful forum for sharing the Electronic and E-Textiles projects that your students have worked so hard at developing. Not only do the students love the extra support, but we (and other D&T departments) love to see them!
We update our Twitter and Facebook pages daily with the hope of bringing you both inspiration and support in teaching, learning, and taking part in Design and Technology projects. Upload photographs of your projects and please tag us in them! @Kitronik
Product Design Docking Station and FM Radio prototypes shared with us on Twitter.
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