Leeds West Academy


Wearable Technology

Leeds West Academy students will join schools from around West Yorkshire in the New Year for a competition promoting coding and digital literacy skills through a wearable technology design challenge.

The Yorkshire Wearable Technology competition is being organised by Farnell Element14, a global electronics distributor who have their UK head office in Leeds. In association with Leeds Beckett University and Ahead Partnership, they will provide students with components to design and build their own wearable technology projects, culminating in a grand final at Leeds Beckett University during National Science Week next March.

Students will use innovative Codebug devices – miniature development boards specially designed for getting to grips with the principles of coding and computer programming – to build their projects. The Codebug features a 25-LED display, push-buttons and six touch sensitive rings that can be used to connect the device to a variety of additional objects. In the past, Codebugs have been used to create working cameras and clocks, interactive games and experiment kits.

Our STEM Coordinator for Technology, Hannah Ward says: “We look forward to trying out the Codebugs and see what amazing designs we can build with them. We are sure our pupils will enjoy taking part in this competition and will learn a great deal too!”

The best designs will be presented to an expert panel of judges at a special event at Leeds Beckett University on Tuesday 15th March 2016. Students and tutors from Leeds Beckett’s Electrical Engineering and Design departments will also work closely with our pupils over the coming months to help them to develop their ideas.