If your interested in developing new curricula in 2012, which will really stimulate your students then you need to have a look at .NET Gadgeteer.
The .NET Gadgeteer is an amazing platform, so if your interested in teaching and inspiring students practically about electronics, microcontrollers, robotics and Computer Science. The .NET Gadgeteer is an ideal resources, as its name suggest the .NET Gadgeteer is based on the .NET Micro Framework, using C# as the primary development language.
C# is available as part of Visual Studio 2010 and can be downloaded via existing MSDNAA subscriptions or via DreamSpark for Free by all UK Students.
Gadgeteer boards and modules are primarily available from the following manufactures
There are a number of excellent resources available online to begin your Gadgeteer adventures and to ask questions about .NET Gadgeteer hardware or software:
Here are some good blogs on .Net Gadgeteer:
Although you can do a great deal with just a mainboard and a few modules, eventually you're going to want to go beyond, and for that you'll probably want some additional gadgets to your projects, things like a breadboard, jumper wires, LEDs one of the best places in the UK to get these items in the UK for your Gadgeteer projects is http://coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/ They have a vast array of accessories, from LEDs to header pins, jumper wires, servos, motors.
So 2012 looks a very interesting year for curricula developments using .NET Gadgeteer
More importantly .NET Gadgeteer is a neat way of introducing students of all ages to STEM.
Happy New Year!