We would like to see to priority given to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in school education.
We believe it's vital to equip the next generation with the skills they need to master a world dominated by technology and enable them to address the challenges they will face during their working lives.
Our particular focus and expertise is in programming and electronics.
BitScope has long been involved in the education sector with mixed signal test, measurement and data acquisition solutions for use in universities for students, researchers and educators.
With BitScope Ed we seek to broaden this to include resources for primary and secondary school education.
We have been impressed with the rise of the "maker culture" where an increasing number of people have become empowered to engage in home grown engineering inspired projects in the fields of electronics, robotics and bespoke manufacture such as 3-D printing among many other creative pursuits.
Maker culture puts the focus on creative and collaborative problem solving, computer programming, shared design and open source hardware and software solutions.
We believe these are just the characteristics required for effective education, especially in STEM fields. Our contribution to this movement for changes in education is focused on electronics and programming for the physical world.
An education in electronics and programming can be very engaging and a lot of fun with low cost systems like Raspberry Pi or Arduino, some simple electronic components, prototyping boards and BitScope.
This is the platform idea behind BitScope Ed.
We've established the BitScope Blog for general information about BitScope and we've added the Education Blog where we are posting updates we hope will be of interest to students and educators.
We started the Raspberry Blog for makers working with embedded computers, robotics, electronics, sensors & servos and we've used ideas from this to build a low cost electronic projects lab to host some educational tutorials based on Breadboard One.
If you're a teacher looking to set up a practical electronics course or a student wanting to see how your circuits actually work, a low cost all-in-one setup like this can save a lot of time and effort.
We believe learning to program should be a part of every student's education. Seymour Papert first coined Computational Thinking as the name for a new approach to problem solving and learning. Google and others are building on the idea in educational contexts.
At BitScope Ed we are working with others to develop learning platforms and curriculum resources that combine programming with project based electronic systems. We've seen first hand just how engaging some similar educational programs can be for students of all ages and the huge response from parents, students and educators to our recent exhibit at the Sydney Mini Maker Faire reinforced this idea.
We see (computer) programming as an effective way to develop good problem solving skills.
Computers are everywhere. We use them every day, from mobile phones and tablets to PCs, TVs our cars, homes and work but few people actually know how to bend them to their will, i.e. how to program them. Fewer still know how to solve complex problems to build and program practical and scalable solutions.
We believe this is because these skills are not part of most students' education in many countries including Australia.
In recent years Raspberry Pi and Arduino have done great job lifting the veil on what computers are and what one can actually build with them. They are effective low cost platforms for learning programming and electronics. In the context of project based learning with BitScope they become very powerful because students can see inside their projects and understand how they work, or why they don't work as expected!
Project based learning where problem solving skills are developed through learning how to program "real computers", build actual electronic projects and see how they work is the key motivation for BitScope Ed. We can't do it alone of course! We'd like to combine this with shared online and interractive curriculum resources and integrated remote and local access to the lessons and projects. We welcome all feedback, ideas and suggestions for collaboration!
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|Build a powerful mixed signal workstation with one simple 3D print !||Sep 3|
|Farnell element14 interviews BitScope CEO Bruce Tulloch||Mar 29|
|Raspberry Pi Zero W, a wireless wonder for only $10 !||Feb 28|
|How to assemble and get started using BitScope Blade.||Feb 20|
|Heatwave no problem for BitScope Blade and Raspberry Pi !||Feb 10|
|Raspberry Pi Applications built with BitScope Blade.||Feb 6|
|An Interactive Museum Exhibit built with BitScope Blade.||Jan 27|
|BitScope Blade Uno Raspberry Pi Weather Station in Nepal.||Jan 24|
|BitScope Designs and element14 launch new Blade for Raspberry Pi !||Jan 23|
|Raspberry Pi 3 Launch and BitScope Blade||Feb 29|
|Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and BitScope!||Dec 03|
|BitScope, Ozberry & Pimoroni at Sydney Mini Maker Faire!||Aug 12|
|Picademy Workshop with Carrie Anne Philbin||Jul 27|
|BitScope Blade for Raspberry Pi at Hannover Maker Faire!||Jun 05|
|BitScope DSO 2.9 Now Available.||Jun 02|
|Getting Started with BitScope||May 08|
|Where to Buy BitScope Micro & Accessories.||Feb 19|
|BitScope ARM Platform Compatibility||Feb 10|
|Bootstrapping Raspberry Pi 2 for BitScope||Feb 05|
|Raspberry Pi 2 and BitScope Performance||Feb 02|
|BitScope Micro & Raspberry Pi in Education at BETT||Jan 21|
|BitScope Connection Ports Explained||Dec 19|
|BitScope Micro and Oscilloscope Probes||Dec 10|
|Raspberry Pi Model A+ or B+ or B+ Slimline?||Nov 14|
|Electronic Measurement with BitScope & Raspberry Pi||Nov 12|
|BitScope Micro Video Tutorial with Farnell element14||Nov 10|
|BitScope Micro element14 Webinar Review.||Nov 03|
|BitScope Micro Webinar with element14!||Oct 29|
|element14 launches BitScope Micro for Raspberry Pi!||Oct 27|
|BitScope Micro Diagnostic Port Explained.||Aug 16|
|MagPi talks Raspberry Pi B+, HATs & BitScope.||Aug 04|
|Raspberry Pi B+ BitScope x 4 = 8 analog + 32 logic !||Aug 01|
|BitScope Micro, now available at Pimoroni!||Jun 01|
|BitScope Model 10 or BitScope Micro?||Apr 25|
|BitScope Micro (New Product) for Raspberry Pi!||Apr 11|
|BitScope Workshop at OzBerryPi||Apr 8|
|Volume education discounts now available online!||Mar 11|
|Low cost networked data acquisition with Raspberry Pi.||Dec 17|
|Collaborative Solutions, Online & Interactive Education.||Dec 09|
|Powerhouse ThinkSpace Digital Learning||Dec 04|
|The Sydney Mini Maker Faire Review.||Nov 28|
|BitScope Ed at the Sydney Mini Maker Faire!||Nov 20|
|Breadboard One, the 4 Bit Up/Down Counter||Nov 07|
|Sydney BitScope, Online Demo Updated.||Oct 30|
|BitScope Touch Screen User Interface||Oct 28|
|Network access for USB BitScopes via Raspberry Pi.||Oct 24|
|BitScope Ed at OzBerryPi, Presentation Review.||Oct 21|
|BitScope and friends at OzBerryPi Maker Space||Oct 20|
|Vertical Offsets and Dual Channel Display||Oct 19|
|How to Install BitScope DSO on Raspberry Pi||Oct 18|
|Breadboard One, a typical Mixed Signal Circuit.||Oct 17|
|Electronic Projects Lab for Raspberry Pi||Oct 17|
|BitScope Smart Port. The clever connection.||Oct 12|
|BitScope Ed, an Educational Blog about Electronics.||Oct 09|
|Why the oscilloscope update rate is important.||Oct 06|
|Visualizing sound with Sonic Pi and BitScope||Oct 05|
|Differential measurements matter, here's why...||Oct 01|
|BitScope Raspberry Pi Oscilloscope||Sep 20|