This resource contains all of the modules from the Project Tools Lite version plus the extra designing module: “Systems and Components” (see pink tab above for details and screenshots). It allows learners to investigate, then design and make several hundred different electronic control systems. These are easily realised using QuickLink’s reusable SmartStart modelling modules and/or FastTrack multi solution PCB’s. Text and images may be copied and pasted for use as hand-outs or project guides in the classroom (please see copyright details).
In this section we will look at Project Tools’ additional module - Systems and Components:
Systems and Components (screenshots below)
Learners can now work on a greater range of project outcomes through its designing guides and unique CAD tool SmartStart. Designing and making electronic control systems is simply accomplished by providing a description of the subsystems required and dragging the respective icons on to a block diagram. Additional research information & activities develop an understanding of: the “design process”; open and closed loop control systems; common subsystems and components.
Learner-generated projects designed with SmartStart can be successfully realised with the FastTrack PCB - This multi solution PCB allows many different systems to be easily managed within the same class so learners have the opportunity to successfully work with greater independence, creativity and success.
Additional I.C. based subsystems and PIC circuit boards may be introduced with the Project Tools PLUS software.
Features and Screenshots:
Grey strip on edge of welcome screen provides quick links to activities, research areas and systems designing tool.
Interactive learning tools are always available at the top of the screen.
Feature and activities investigate "open and closed loop control" systems.
Everyday examples of input, process and output systems provided.
Feature and activities consider the needs of people when designing.
Activities help identify opportunities for designing and making.
Research section allows input, process and output circuits to be investigated
Voltage Divider analogy helps with the understanding of sensor inputs.
"SmartStart" design tool uses drag and drop subsystem icons.
Create 1000 systems from 1 PCB.
Generate individual A4 Project Guides to assist making of designed systems.
May be used with Subsystem Designing cards to aid differentiation.
Designed system components drop on to PCB
Subsystems are placed sequentially on PCB to help fault-finding.
Circuit Diagram provided, with details of 9v battery power required and cost of components.
6-Stage designing guide offers useful tips and suggestions when designing new electronic control products.