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This paper describes a curriculum development project that addresses the following issue: is it possible
to engage pupils in procedures for developing an electronic control system which mirror those of
In particular, two key aspects of professional practice were felt to be of critical importance. Firstly,
engineers spend a great deal of time evaluating the potential of devices using data sheets. A major part
of the development was concerned with developing data sheets for the units of a commercially available
electronics systems kit.
Secondly the development sought to emphasise system thinking by encouraging pupils to systematically
plan their overall system, investigate possible sub-systems, conduct practical investigations and, only
then, explore the detailed components required.
The paper describes the outcome of the extensive school trials and presents the published materials.