1) General documents for projects

The workshop is a special classroom, with many materials, tools and machines. That is why it is very important to follow some special rules that complement the ones we have in the rest of the school. Here you have them:

This sheet explains the steps to do a project:

In this worksheet you will find some activities related to the steps to do a project and to build a wooden object:

You can use this worksheet to specify your individual design:

After identifying the requirements (step 1), researching about them (step 2) and designing a solution for them (step 3), this is the process sheet we use to do the planning in our projects:

2) First project: a public service

Here you have the requirements

3) Tools in the workshop

These are the picture and list of all the tools we usually use in the workshop. Make sure you know the name of each of them, both in English and Spanish.
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Pictures of the most useful tools in the workshop with English and Spanish names:

4) Budget

We will do the budget of the project using a spreadsheet program (Google Docs, OpenOffice Calc, Microsoft Office Excel).
You and your group have to do two different budgets in two different documents: the budget of all the materials used and the budget of all the tools used.
You will get all the materials and prices in this website: Technology Supplies
It is necessary to change prices to get them in euros instead of pounds. You have to put the right names of tools and materials (the one you will get in the previous link).


1) Views of an object

Real life objects have three dimensions (height, width and depth), but when we draw them we can use only two (in the whiteboard, in our notebook). One way to solve it is to draw the object several times from different point of views, taking into account only two dimensions each time. That way we get the different views of the object: front, top and side (left or right) views.
Make sure you can do the following exercises:
  • The three main views of a tgable, a chair, a mobile phone and a piece of furniture at your home (front, top and left side views).
  • Views of the following objects: Views 1 | Views 2 | Views 3 | Views 4 | Views 5

2) Perspectives

Technicians use graphical expression as a way to communicate ideas, as we do when we start a new project in the workshop: we draw very accurately the object we want to make. That is why we are learning how to draw objects using cavalier and isometric perspectives.
At the end of this unit you will have to have in your notebook at least the drawing of the following objects (and of every other object that your teacher has asked you):
  • The views of a chair and of any piece of furniture at your home (front, top and left side views)
  • Cavalier and isometric perspective of a cube, a chair, a cylinder and any piece of furniture at your home.
  • Isometric of the objects whose views are shown in the following files: isometrica 1 | isometrica 2 | isometrica 3

3) Dimensioning

Basic rules for dimensioning our drawings:


How to control an electrical motor

We can see in this picture the circuit needed to change the direction in which the motor rotates (the one needed for your projects), how to create a DPDT switch in the workshop and how to connect it to assemble the circuit (in both cases, when you buy the DPDT switch and when you make it in the workshop).

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Control elements and series/parallel circuitsDo the activities from 9 to 13 in this document

Simulation of circuits with Crocodile Clips

  1. Save the document Practices with Crocodile Clips in your computer (and print it at home!!).
  2. Simulate the circuits in the previous document and answer the questions in your notebook/photocopies ((if you are using your notebook, you have to write down the question too).
  3. If you have to do some practices at home, you can use the program Yenka, instead of Crocodile Clips (you can download Yenka from this website)
(these practices are based on the ones made by Manuel Torres; check his blog for information about these practices and the program Crocodile Clips


Electronic components


Here you have the video to learn how to measure electrical magnitudes with the multimeter, the transcription of the video and the practice:

Types of resistors


Great article and video about diodes and LEDs (Spanish): ¿Por qué iluminan los LEDs gastando tan poco?

Practice with standard diodes and LEDs:


These videos give good explanations of how to use a transistor as a switch (in the second one there's a mistake in one of the symbols, can you find it?)

Practice 8.40: Basic circuits with transistors:

Practice 8.4: LED controlled by an LDR

Simulating electronic circuits with your mobile phone

Notes on electronics

Just in case you need it, here you have a document in Spanish with the theory about electronics we have seen in class.
Apuntes de electrónica


What is a robot?

Read the following newspapers articles and find out
1. What parts does a robot usually have?
2. What functions a robot could have?
3. Research about Artificial intelligence and explain what it is
4. Come out with a definition for ROBOT. It should be a definition on your own.

Programming robots with Robolab

1) LEGO RCX Robots

2) Introduction to Robolab

3) Practices with Robolab and LEGO Robots

This presentation shows the practicies we do in class. It is a translated version of one by Victor Gallego (IES Jovellanos de Fuenlabrada)


1) Parts and connectors in an Arduino board


2) Practices with LEDs

3) Designing circuits and programs with LEDs

4) Working with the CNY70 sensor (IR sensor)

4.1. As an analog sensor
4.2. As a digital sensor


1) How a computer works

You can download the presentation here:

This video explains how all the parts work together in a computer:
2) The hardware in a computer


1) Creating a blog with Wordpress

Practices 1 and 2: Sign up and start blogging

Practices 3, 4 and 5:
  • Insert photos
  • Embed code
  • Using widgets

2) Networking

In this practice you will reasearch about the communication protocol TCP/IP and learn some important things about how Internet works


1) Fracking

Watch one of these videos and the presentation about fracking and then answer the questions.

Short presentation about what fracking is (thank you Chelsea!!):

  1. What is fracking?
  2. Pros
  3. Cons
  4. Your opinion about fracking