The project is split into 7 learning activities that cover approximately 18 hours of teaching. Each learning activity comprises a detailed learning outline, to be viewed as a guide, and a range of support resources comprising word documents, PowerPoint presentations, video clips and more to help you work through the complete project. You can download an overview of the project first or access the whole project, which includes the overview and all learning activities. Alternatively you can download the overview, followed by each learning activity module individually below. NOTE: Please be aware that some folders are large and may take some time to download.
An introductory activity, allowing students to gain an understanding of the engineering industry, including specialist roles and responsibilities, through researching Renishaw – a precision engineering company.
Time: 2 hours
Key Material: ppt; 2 videos; 'tear down' activity folder
Students compare existing ‘renbuggies’ to identify the variables in each design, how these might alter efficiency or performance and why various components are needed.
Time: 1 hour
Key Material: Renbuggy video folder; ppt; examples of students work; glossary of terms; Renishaw career videos
Students explore coding and the programming. They compile and download a programme onto a microcontroller and watch the results through appropriate outputs, including the ‘renbuggy’.
Time: 4 -5 hours
Key Material: ppt; 4 video tutorials; folders to support 'GENIE' use and using RenBed;'figure of eight' programme
Students apply requirements and constraints for the chassis design, using prototypes to perfect the design and ensure it is fit-for-purpose.
Time: 3 hours
Key Material: ppt; helpsheet; student progress sheet
Students explore wheel designs and the skid steering mechanisms, developing a solution by testing and modifying, to ensure their ‘renbuggy’ will achieve the Renishaw challenge.
Time: 3 hours
Key Material: ppt, wheel templates folder; student progress sheet; video folder
Students complete their solution by testing and modifying to ensure the ‘renbuggy’ will achieve the Renishaw challenge.
Time: variable - dependant on student progress
Key Material: ppt; action planning pro-forma
Students present their reflections on the project in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding and identify their learning in relation to the key skills.
Time: 3 hours (2 hour prep; 1 hour delivery)
Key Material: ppt; examples of student evaluations