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Firm invites teachers to learn more about the BBC micro:bit and laser cutting techniques

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 19, 2016 | Events

Kitronik, a Nottingham based electronics company which specialises in developing project kits and learning resources for schools and home hobbyists has teamed up with Just Add Sharks, a provider of quality laser cutting machines, to host their first Teacher Training Evening. 

The aim of the event is to help Design & Technology (D&T) teachers increase their knowledge and skills to enable the delivery of engaging lessons which maximise the potential of the BBC micro:bit and laser cutting technology. The evening will also provide a great opportunity for D&T professionals to network with colleagues, sharing successes and solving problems.

Kitronik is one of the partner organisations involved in the BBC micro:bit project. Its staff are well positioned with their expert knowledge and experience to deliver training which will impact on teacher’s confidence, understanding and expertise. 

Launched in March 2016, the BBC micro:bit is a pocket sized computer which children can code themselves. One million devices have now been delivered to secondary schools across the UK. 

Kitronik’s role within the project has been to design learning resources and to support teachers in planning innovative lessons using the device. It has also developed its own range of BBC micro:bit accessories which can be used to create inspirational, relevant and meaningful projects using the device. 

We are dedicated to giving teachers the tools they need to enthuse and inspire pupils, which is why we have committed to providing ongoing professional development opportunities

Kitronik Co Founder and Director Kevin Spurr comments: “We are well aware that the success of the BBC micro:bit in education and as a creative tool to inspire the new generation to move from being users of technology to designers and creators, will in part depend on the quality of teaching. Much hinges on teachers’ familiarity with the subject and busy teachers facing a plethora of demands need to be given both time and support to understand the potential of coding and its applications. We are dedicated to giving teachers the tools they need to enthuse and inspire pupils, which is why we have committed to providing ongoing professional development opportunities.”

Joining the training event will be fellow Nottingham company Just Add Sharks who are equally committed to supporting teachers. The company sells laser cutters to schools, makers, engineers, artists and industry as well as providing ongoing support to teachers. Its staff will host a workshop on the latest laser cutting techniques so that teachers can get the most out of their laser cutters.

Kevin Spurr adds: “The BBC micro:bit and laser cutting technology are recent introductions into D&T classrooms across the UK. There is huge enthusiasm amongst teachers to deliver innovative and engaging lessons using the technology and we thought it would be an ideal opportunity for us to organise an event where we can share our expertise.  The event is designed to help industry and education work together to spark and sustain the interests of young people.” 

The event takes place at Kitronik’s head office in Nottingham on Thursday 24th November from 16:45-19:00. For further information on the event and to book your place please click here or visit www.kitronik.co.uk.

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