A Visit to Merchant Taylors' School
Back in October, two members of our Team helped run a workshop at Merchant Taylors' School in London as a part of their Design Week held annually. This year it was extra special as the school was opening its new Design Centre. merchant_taylor_visit4_870

A Merchant Taylor Student working with the BBC micro:bit.

The workshop was based to help prepare for the introduction of the BBC micro:bit into schools and to help the Year 7 students get used to the new programming interface of the BBC micro:bit. The students experimented with the new features on the BBC micro:bit including the built-in digital accelerometer and internal compass. The students got to grips with programming the BBC micro:bit in a short amount of time. This goes to show how easy it is to program the BBC micro:bit.


A student working with the BBC micro:bit


One of our team advising a student

Along with the workshop, we also judged a competition of High Power Amplifiers designed by some of the students using our High Power Amplifier Kits. We were very impressed with the range of materials that have been used for 'upcycling' the materials to form the case of the amplifiers. Below is a selection of amplifiers that have caught our attention. You can see all of the amplifiers in this gallery article.


A LEGO Styled High Power Amplifier


A Coloured Pencil Styled High Power Amplifier

During the tour of the new Design Centre, we were also shown their new Stratasys 3D Printer that would be used to print out models and 3D designs designed by the students.


Entrance of the new Design Centre


Inside the new Design Centre

It's always inspiring to see what can be achieved in D&T and we were very impressed with what can be done using our project kits. Our workshop was featured in the Merchant Taylors' Weekly School Newsletter and they said this statement below:

'Design Week has been hugely absorbing and exciting - a wonderful way to celebrate the recent opening of the new Design Centre! There have been a huge number of activities for the boys and many inspiring speakers from the worlds of commerce and design illustrating the relevance of Design and Technology today. We have been delighted to see the enthusiasm of the boys and the response of the many parents who visited our twilight sessions.'

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