The definition of ‘digital making’ is somewhat wide but is generally taken to be the combination of Design & Technology (DT) aspects of ‘making’ with the ‘digital’ Computer Science (CS) skills of programming and code development.
It is therefore all about the creation and development of physical things that are controlled and managed by software. The activity scope is therefore quite broad, embracing electronics, photography, robotics, 3D printing, music, artwork/installations, etc.
Digital making with small low-cost single board computers like the Raspberry Pi, or very low-cost microcontrollers, not only provides a very cost effective approach to product development, but it is increasingly important to encourage these skills in the context of the extraordinarily rapid Fourth Industrial Revolution that is now upon us.
Equipping both adults and young people for a changing society, and the 'digital' world of work that is emerging, is therefore becoming ever more vital, especially in the context of recent reports which estimate that 90% of all new jobs will require digital skills to some degree.
Support for physical and software development of product is available for 3D printing, simple discrete component PCB design and embedded code development. Methods, illustrated at this site, can be developed for individual devices and/or systems to allow data to be collected from multiple devices with central storage in an online system.
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