The Course Synopsis
Introduction to Programming
History of computers, user accounts, file servers
Scratch, animation, basic programming functions
Turtle graphics, iteration and loop functions
Programming with Python, working with modules
Minecraft programming with Raspberry PI API
Coding music with Sonic Pi, digital audio
GPIO interface, using electronics, LEDs,
Working with Sensors
Types of sensors, input and output, digital vs analogue
Writing conditional Code (=, =<, >=), Boolean logic
Advanced strings and integers
The Weatherstation project, temperature, humidity
Motion detection and distance measurement
Working with interfaces, WiFi and Ethernet
Controlling electronics GPIO
Getting started with Robotics
Using the L293D motor driver board
Working with dictionaries
Debugging, testing sensors and motors
Building a navigation sequence
Robot rover project
Robot maze challenge
The Academy launches The Inventors category. The category is for those students who are open minded and have a bias to a new era of technological evolution. The Inventors’ learning process will focus on collaboration among peers.
There will also be a collaboration with parents to decide which project their child would like to embark upon. The Academy offers an hour - long session to experience a synopsis of Applied Science and IoT horizons.Read more ...
Welcome to The Technology Academy
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce The Academy, which is a Saturday School for talented students who have a bias for Applied Science and the Internet of Things (IoT). The Academy provides a teacher-led tuition, which takes students on a journey of Applied Science and IoT via Python and Java computer programming. The learning institute exclusively uses Raspberry Pi Computers for all its teaching purposes.
The Raspberry Pi initiative started in the United Kingdom in 2008 by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, which saw the creation of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Foundation created a low cost micro computer called the Raspberry Pi. It is designed as a learning tool and is used for teaching computing skills and experimenting, using sensors and switches.
With Applied Science and Practical Computing at the core of the curriculum, The Academy offers three - academic terms. It starts with basic computing skills and program creation and expands into intermediate level programming skills, using external sensors to create exciting computer experiments. The third part of the course takes the students on a journey to create their own rover robot, which can navigate an obstacle course autonomously, using code the students wrote.
"By 2020, more than seven billion people and businesses and at least 30 billion devices, will be connected to the Internet. With people, businesses and things communicating, transacting and even negotiating with each other, a new world comes into being." - Gartner. The Academy has built its first state - of - the - art Technology Laboratory at the Foremarke Prep School in the United Arab Emirates and all the classes are held at this technology hub.
Furthermore, let me briefly talk about the philosophy behind The Academy. Child literacy, IoT and Applied Science are at the heart of The Academy’s learning path. There is also a push to promote young aspiring female students in the world of Information Technology. Changing the views of parents and teachers will be important, if we are to prepare young people for the digital future.
The global Digital Skills Gap remains strong amid a significant technological advancements of the 21 st century. We generally fail to understand the opportunities within the digital workplace. For instance, 23% of parents believe digital skills are irrelevant to their children’s future career success. Approximately, 18% of parents think employers do not care about digital skills and 38% of parents admit they do not know enough about the digital economy to help their children make informed career choices. - O2 & Development Economics,The Future Digital Skills Needs of the UK Economy.
Now, if you have a bias toward Applied Science and Technology and have an open mind to push the boundaries into these two fields, you are welcome to get in touch with The Academy. The courses are open to Year 4 onward students.
The Academy Founder
The Academy Foundation
The technology educator launched The Academy Foundation, where one student is given an opportunity to study free for the first term. The aim of The Foundation is to provide one talented student an opportunity every term to study at The Academy. In order to secure a seat, students will have to register their interest and and go through an Online assessment, which will be held at The Academy Lab.
The Academy Code of Conduct
The Academy prides itself on its Code of Conduct and encourages its pupils to adhere to them.
Be Independent, but Respectfully
Think Critically and Creatively
Keep an Open Mind to Possibilities
Be Kind and Outstanding