We are pleased to have been offering the facilities of our Mechatronics Lab to Rillington Scouts on a Monday evening in order for them to gain their electronics badge. The work has been led by Dale Power Solutions and DTA apprentice Hannah Magowan who is their Scout Leader.
For the past 6 weeks the Scouts have had to build 3 electronic circuits and at least one of these had to be soldered. They also had to do testing using a multimeter, know basic electrical principles, circuit symbols and ways to identify component values.
The tasks that the Scouts undertook included building a heat sensing circuit on a Breadboard which turned an LED on and off with temperature change. Hannah then focused on teaching them the skils that they required for soldering the circuits. The final product they created were steady hand games where all components were soldered together and the circuits were tested to ensure they worked. The Scouts made the loops and handles, then put the wire into the box and started to shape it. On their final day, the Scouts even had time to shape and solder decorations for their Christmas Trees!
Hannah said this of the activity: ''I have really enjoyed using the skills throughout my apprenticeship to teach my Scouts and help them to achieve this badge. It has been extremely rewarding to see how fast they have learnt, a well as seeing a spark of excitement in what they're doing. With the support from DTA, the Scouts have had the opportunity to use equipment they wouldn't have otherwise have had the chance to use. I hope that I have give them an insight into one of the possible career options open to them in the future.''
Thank you to Dale Power Solutions, Scarborough and Ellis Patents, Rillington who sponsored the materials for the Scouts to achieve they're badges. It's great to see local business investing in future young talent.