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The Computing & Robotics Centre

Unrivalled Facilities

Over the past four years we have heavily invested in our digital technology facilities. £1.5 million of investment up to Sept 2022 will provide 7 fully equipped digital learning spaces, in which we deliver all our computing courses. This includes our new Digital Education Building set for completion by September 2022. No department locally has such excellent resources for educating young people in digital.

7 Specialist Spaces for a Digital Future

Our specialist labs are named in honour of digital technology missions that have extended human understanding of the universe. Each one is specially designed and equipped to provide the optimal environment for digital teaching and learning. 

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Two 32 seater physical computing labs created with a £100,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation in 2020.

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Created in 2019 with support from the John Thornton Foundation, a 26 seater multipurpose Raspberry Pi Network and Electronic Engineering Lab

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A 32 seater graphical engineering lab with HD screens and high spec machine, first opened in 2018

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Set to open in 2022, a 25 seater VDI server supported software development lab with industry standard hardware and software

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Created in 2019, the Voyager Lab is a purpose built specialist lab packed full of up to date tech including: 

  • Class sets of Raspberry Pi Computers with touchscreens and wall-mounted screens

  • Our own private Pi-Net Network allowing students to work collaboratively

  • 3D printing facilities

  • A full class set of LEGO® Mindstorm EV3 Robot Kits

  • Full electrical engineering equipment and breakout boards, including a wide range of sensors, inputs and other components

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Set to open in 2022, the Pioneer Suite will be a purpose built 70-80 seminar space with digital device support including student kitchen facilities, for self study and large group teaching

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A 25 seater network cabling and engineering lab. Designed for our Digital Support and Network Engineering T Level Course. Set to open in 2022.

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New Digital Education Building for 2022

Designed for the Digital Age

£1.2million new building

Designed and developed in collaboration with industry partners

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Pioneer Seminar Suite

For up to 80 students with digital device support for laptops provided to our Digital T Level students, access to kitchen facilities for students and a new computing office.

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Explorer 

Networking Lab

Containing equipment for network cabling, switch and server maintenance

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Server Installation

Ingenuity Software Development Lab

With top spec computers, our own servers and support for all major operating systems including Mac OS, Windows and Linux

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Computer Tutorials

Part of our Phase 2 Developments, the new building extends our facilities beyond anything else offered locally, to enable training of software developers and network engineers with up to date industry standard hardware and software. A professional environment to nurture a new generation of digital professionals.

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Raspberry Pi & Electronic Engineering Suite

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Created in 2019, the Voyager Lab is a purpose built specialist lab packed full of up to date tech including: 

  • Class sets of Raspberry Pi Computers with touchscreens and wall-mounted screens

  • Our own private Pi-Net Network allowing students to work collaboratively

  • 3D printing facilities

  • A full class set of LEGO® Mindstorm EV3 Robot Kits

  • Full electrical engineering equipment and breakout boards, including a wide range of sensors, inputs and other components

Graphical Engineering Suite

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Created in 2018, the Galileo Lab was refitted with up to date Graphical Engineering PCs and HD Screens in 2020.

  • 32 High-Spec Student PCs

  • Full complement of graphical engineering software

  • HD Screens for all

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Physical Computing and Robotics Suites

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Thanks to a £100,000 grant from The Wolfson Foundation, the Webb Digital Hub was created in 2020.

Two identical 32 PC suite labs with adaptable benching to allow for a range of uses including robotics and use of our physical computing kits.

Skilling up young people in tech

Extensive Kit

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Pi-Net

Class set of Raspberry Pis and Touchscreens

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Electrical

Circuitry components for electrical engineering

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Sensors

Sensor kits for circuits and robots

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3D Printing

Printing plastics, wood and carbon fibre

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Logic

Class sets of logic kits

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Mindstorms

Class set of Lego EV3 robots

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Inventing

Class sets of micro:bit inventors kits

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Lighting

Programmable LED Halos and Arrays

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Arena

We host the FTC Robotic Field for our region

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Interfaces

We cater for a range of UI Designing

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Robots

A range of class sets of robots for all stages

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More Robots

Over £30,000 of high spec robotic kits