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Programming and Control: Embroidery Machines

Title :

Creative programming and control: embroidery machines

Location : In school
Led by :
Helen Luckhurst, WMG Format : Workshop
Duration : 1 day Suitable for: Class size of 30, upper key stage 2

Aims and description :

To celebrate Coventry City of Culture 2021, and inspired by the role of textiles in the city's history, we have created a new workshop that links programming to textiles. The workshop explores the use of Turtlestitch, which is a free, easy-to-use platform for writing programs to control embroidery machines. In this workshop, children will learn to write programs that instruct an embroidery machine to stitch a pattern of their own design onto fabric.

The workshop has strong links to the key stage 2 computing and mathematics programmes of study. The children will design, write and debug programs that control an embroidery machine. To do this, they will apply their knowledge of angles, including the fact that angles on a straight line add up to 180o.

Resources required:

A set of computers, laptops, Chromebooks or tablets with internet access (enough for paired work)

Data projector

Access to a table near a power socket for the embroidery machine

Class teacher present throughout the day

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