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Electronics and Technology Club in Derby for Children

Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain

Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

Electronics and Technology Club in Derby for Children
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Taster Session - 20th January 2018 only
This is an entry ticket for a child. At the Taster session, parents are welcome to attend for the first 15 minutes whilst we explain details of the club / course.
24 Feb 2018 Free  

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This is a weekly two-hour, electronics and technology club for children from the ages of 11 to 16.  It will run on a Saturday from 12.00 noon to 14.00 and will start immediately after the Saturday Coding Clubs have ended.  It is aimed at children who have already completed our electronics course for beginners and so have the basic concepts of both electronics and computer programming (coding) using Scratch and Python.  Children who have not been on our course but can demonstrate a capability in basic electronics and coding will also be considered for the club.

This club is all about designing and building things.  The projects will include Rocketry, Robotics, Radio Communication, 3D printing, Broadcast Radio, High Altitude balloons, Battle Bots, Drones, Space Science and much more.  Working both alone and as part of teams, the children will be coding in our Operations Room, building electronics and testing in our Electronics Laboratory, building the physical aspects of projects in our Mechanical Workshop - all under the careful supervision of skilled adults.

Using both Raspberry Pi and Arduino computers, the children will understand the modern relationship between software and electronics.  

Through the association of the museum has with local Hi Tec industry, there will be visits to see the most advanced technology actually in use.

We believe that the museum will be providing the club members with a unique opportunity to gain skills that are normally only available to much older adults.  The children will be able to develop real life systems such as rotating the antennas at the museum to track the International Space Station and link with various orbiting satellites. They will also develop projects using GPS, Bluetooth and wi-fi not just using the technologies but understanding how it is built and how it can be used.  These clubs are intended to be "hands on" and fun.

For those children that wish to develop their skills even further, they can attend the courses to enable them to obtain an amateur radio licence which will allow them to use the radio transmission equipment in the museum.  

The first session on the 20th January 2018, will be completely free of charge to check that they like it.  They can then decide to become a full club member by paying a membership fee (equivalent of £5 per week).  The fee is to offset some of the consumable component costs.  

At this stage we would like parents / carers to just register their children's interest by clicking on the green button above and then sending an email to info@radiocommunicationmuseum.org with the child's name, date of birth and the parent's / carers contact information.

NOTE : This club will start on 20th January 2018 and is planned to continue throughout the year with breaks for school holidays.

Demand for places is expected to be high and spaces are limited so reserve a place for the 20th January 2018  NOW!


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Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain
16 Sawley Park
Nottingham Road
DE21 6AS Derby
United Kingdom

Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT)


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Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain

We are a new technology museum being built in Derby which will focus on Radio Communication equipment and software.  Although the museum is not yet open to the public, we are using the museum building for our Code Club and Electronics Club activities.  The museum is a registered charity No 1169039.

We are / will be running a range of clubs for both children and adults.  Please look on Eventbrite or our website www.radiocommunicationmuseum.org for more information.

For children we are now running the following Saturday clubs:

  • SCRATCH programming for complete beginners and aimed at children aged 9 to 13
  • PYTHON programming for more advanced coders and aimed at children aged 10 to 16
  • Electronics beginner's club, introducing complete beginners to the basics of electronics design and construction aimed at children aged 11 to 16 - Note children for this club must already be confident in PYTHON
  • Electronics & Technology club For children aged 11+ who have either attended our Electronics for Beginners course or can demonstrate that they already have an understanding of basic electronics and Python programming.

Tuesday and Thursday evening clubs

  • SCRATCH programming for complete beginners and aimed at children aged 9 to 13
  • PYTHON programming for more advanced coders and aimed at children aged 10 to 16

 The code clubs are free to attend, however there is a £5 per week charge for the electronics clubs.

We are also planning to run a range of radio communication and space science clubs, some for children and some for both children and adults.  These clubs will run on specific weekday evenings and at the weekend.  There will be a club membership fee and a meeting charge to offset the consumable and running costs.  The probable clubs include:

  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects (software and electronics) for the more advanced coders and aimed at children aged 14 to 18 and adults
  • Space Science club for both children (aged 14 upwards) and adults.  This will include building electronic and software projects to link up with the International Space Station and orbiting satellites.  A proposed project includes the flight of a high altitude balloon carrying a Raspberry Pi payload with sensors and camera.
  • Amateur radio Foundation licence training and examination
  • Amateur radio Intermediate licence training and examination
  • Amateur radio Advanced licence training and examintion

We have an extensive radio operations room and an ESD protected electronics workshop. Adults and children will be able to become "Friends of the Museum" and make use of the equipment for their personal enjoyment.

If any of these clubs are of interest to you (or to your children) then please visit our website or the appropriate eventbrite page and and register your interest.

Where are we ?

 If you are visiting our clubs then find the directions below.  At present, because we are located on a newly built industrial park, the post code of DE21 6AS may sometimes take you to a slightly different location !!

We are located just off the old Nottingham Road.  If you find the Pentagon Traffic island on the A52 come round the traffic island past the entrance to Derbyshire Cricket Club and take the next exit (Nottingham Road) signposted Chaddesdon, after a quarter of a mile you will see Hillside Leisure (a large blue building) on your right.  Immediately  after that building, also on your right, is the entrance to Sawley Park. We are the third building (detached) on your right.  We have a large 16 and antennas on the building.  Free parking is available in front of and to the side of the building.


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