Soldering irons may not be the usual fare of children’s Christmas lists, but after the recent success of the St Joseph’s Coding Club’s LED Christmas Tree Build- a- Thon, Father Christmas may well expect to see these items as a firm fixture on the Christmas wish list!
Run by John Hislop, the mastermind behind the St Joseph’s weekly Coding Club and with the assistance of Hilderstone Radio Club, eleven pupils participated in a Christmas themed workshop making a flashing LED Christmas tree. Organising, assembling, shaping and cutting skills were required for this introduction to circuits, with the undoubted highlight being the use of soldering irons, a tool that none of the children had used before.
The workshop was designed to promote an introduction to circuits, voltage, conductors and insulators in a Christmas themed setting with knowledge of safe handling of complex equipment a keynote.
One of the Christmas tree builders and would be owners of a soldering iron said “ It was quite hard and quite dangerous and I had to wear immense safety glasses but my tree looked dazzling at the end ! It was really good”