A new teaching board for The Centre of Computing History in Cambridge
The Centre for Computing History has moved to Cambridge, and has been officially open for a couple of months. Jason Fitzpatrick -- the man who has made all this happen -- and his team of volunteers have transformed a barren warehouse into a wonderfully hands-on display of computing history. It's just the beginning, and we should all look forward to having Jason's vision materialise.
Jason saw the 'pease' board and immediately realised its potential as a tool for teach people basic electronics and soldering skills. The 'pease' is accessible, non-threatening PCB with interactive elements, which we hope would attract young people to the art of electronics.
We've worked with Jason on simplifying the board. The new board is smaller (56 x 19 mm), has fewer components, and power is supplied through a "hanging" micro USB connector. There's a large hole in the centre, so that the board could be hung on a nail in the wall or around one's neck ;)
We plan to make these available as nicely packaged kits that will be used in soldering/electronics classes at the Centre. Attendees will get to keep what they have built!
The design files are in the usual place, and here are the usual pictures.
|Eurocircuits Visualiser rendering (top)|
|Eurocircuits Visualiser rendering (bottom)|
|gerbv view (top)|