Year 10 test their electronics and programming skills!

A boy using tools to design and test the circuit for a mood light

Students in Year 10 are putting together their knowledge of electronics and programming to independently design, build and test circuits of their own for a given brief.

The brief is to design a circuit for a baby which will detect when it is dark and automatically turn on a mood light.

It must also detect if the baby moves using an appropriate sensor and then will play a tune and have lighting pulsing in time with the tune to lull them back to sleep.

The tune and lights should stop playing if it no longer detects the baby moving.

It is down to the students to select the right components, construct the circuit, program and test it then develop it into a simulated PCB, which is then etched into a physical circuit.

Photos show the students drilling their PCBs for component holes, checking the continuity in the tracks with a multimeter and beginning to solder their components using the PCB diagrams they created of their circuits.