A programmable computer and electronics workstation, the FUZE, with FUZE BASIC, is an ideal platform for learning and teaching computational thinking and computer programming and provides a safe environment to experiment with simple electronics.
The FUZE is powered by Raspberry Pi (RPi), together they allow programming and electronics to be introduced in an engaging, motivational and best of all, fun package, in schools and at home.
The FUZE was born out of a passion for programming and a love of electronics. It’s design and application grew from introducing family members, aged 7 to 17, to BASIC programming on a BBC Micro from the 1980’s; playing simple games and writing small programs.
FUZE BASIC, a highly advanced and modernised version of the programming language widely accepted as the easiest to learn and teach, is included, preconfigured and ready-to-run, it opens up a world of opportunities to schools and anyone who would like to learn how to program.
Fate played a part in the development of FUZE with the release of the Raspberry Pi (RPi). The FUZE shields the RPi protecting it from electronic shorting, static and physical damage at the same time as providing an ideal platform for learning to program and an exceptionally safe environment to experiment with simple electronics.
The interactive electronics components kit provides a vast array of jumper cables/wires, resistors, LED’s, micro switches and sensors. Analogue sensors are included to allow programming with variable control, bringing real world applications to the forefront and offering a world of exciting and accessible learning opportunities.
The FUZE launched in 2013 and in 2014 was nominated a BETT Finalist in ICT tools for teaching and learning. BETT is the world’s largest education technology event.
In September 2014 English schools will need to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum for computer programming. This aims to provide a high-quality computing education and to equip pupils to use computational thinking and computer programming creativity to understand and maybe change the world!
To assist teachers meet the needs of the new curriculum the FUZE comes with compliant lesson plans and FUZE BASIC Projects cards allowing the curriculum to be implemented quickly and without any previous programming experience. Please see the Education pages for further details.
The casing, made from sheet aluminium, is extremely robust and secure, it houses the keyboard and shields the Raspberry Pi (RPi) protecting it from electronic shorting, static and physical damage.
There are six available USB ports after the mouse and keyboard are connected and a specially designed and clearly labelled FUZE General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) Board which allowed for RPi breakout boards to be easily added.
The FUZE GPIO board: protects, duplicates and clearly labels the RPi pins. These pins can be programmed to interact in amazing ways with the real world from receiving analogue sensor inputs to controlling LEDs, Joysticks, Robotics, motors and much more.
The FUZE I/O board greatly simplifies the Raspberry Pi GPIO connector by separating, and clearly labelling the most common functions (Voltage, Ground, Digital IO and PWM) but goes further with the addition of four analogue In ports and one Out port (as the Raspberry Pi lacks analog).
Built-in analogue support, allows interaction in a way that is just not possible with digital connections. Easily connect light, heat, movement and sound sensors to interact with the world around you. Analogue inputs and output provide a foundation knowledge of computing, design and the sciences beyond the scope of digital ones.
A black (840 socket) solder-less breadboard: companion to the I/O board allows simple electronics projects to be developed without the need for a soldering iron.
An interactive electronics component kit: provides jumper wires, resistors, LEDs, micro switches and sensors. An analogue sensor is included to allow programming with variable control, bringing real world applications to the forefront.
Supplied with FUZE BASIC, Python and Scratch and a selection of Project Cards (PDF) the FUZE has everything to start programming straight out of the box.