Intro to Robotics: What You Get With Your Kit

 


Video Transcript:

Hi, I just wanted to take a few minutes to walk through what happens when you order our Intro to Robotics program, what you get, how the lessons are structured, how long they take, what sorts of things your students will be learning, okay?

So let's start with when you first place your order, you're going to get a link to download a PDF file of the curriculum. Now, we have the curriculum available for download for the primary reason that this is technology, and technology changes constantly. And so every few months, we update the curriculum for the latest operating system changes for the Raspberry Pi, for example. And so having the equipment available electronically means that your student is getting an up-to-date resource. Otherwise, in all reality, instructions are out of date within a few months, okay? That's just the hard part about technology. And so by having this download available and access to any new copies that come out, and when your student goes to do a lesson they're able to look at the most recent changes to any of the systems, okay?

All right, and then your equipment kit will get shipped to you in the mail. And it looks just like this. All sorts of fun things.This is a Level A kit. As you can see, every single component is in a labeled bag. This is really important because we can't reasonably expect you to know what all these things are, right? So we have everything really well labeled. I suggest that when your student's working with things, they put things back in the bags they got them out of, that just saves time later until they know what all these things are, okay? So you get your equipment kit in the mail, everything is labeled and ready to go, and then you can start doing your lessons.

Okay, so what do lessons look like? Now, each lesson starts with a list of the equipment that you're gonna need. So you're gonna grab that box and you're going to pull out all the items on the list, okay? And as the first couple lessons are really simple, you just need a couple of things, and then as you go, that list will get longer and longer, the things that you'll be using during each lesson.

Okay, so once you have all your equipment ready, there is a section that walks your student through the skills that they're going to need in order to complete this lesson because this is a lot like math. The skills build on each other and so you might get to a lesson that says, okay, you need to make sure that you know how to work with administrative files, that you remember how to construct a series versus parallel circuit, that you remember how to use the time commands. And these are the lessons where that information is located. So if you have a student who takes breaks, or only does lessons periodically, or maybe isn't retaining everything the first time around, it's okay. All that information is right there. They can go back and review that information, which is another advantage of having a PDF file, they can also search. You can search for terms, which is really handy when you're working with a lot of information.

Okay, so once they have all their equipment and they reviewed the skills and they're feeling confident that those skills are things that they are ready to use, then we go into the teaching portion of the lesson. And this is where we talk about the math and the science and the concepts and how each piece of electrical equipment works, and how to use each code command, and how it's structured, and how to set it up so that it works properly and is interpreted properly by the computer, okay?

And then once the teaching section is done, we have several activities in every lesson. And so usually it's two, three, four activities per lesson, and you don't have to do them all in one setting, right?

So in Level A, lessons tend to take 45 minutes to an hour. In Level B, you're working with much more complex code and complex electronics, and so they tend to be more 60 to 90 minutes. And you can break those up over multiple days if you want to. So you don't have to do all the activities in one day if that's just too much.

And once you're done with the activities, there is a series of questions at the end of each lesson that the student can work through to ensure that they understood what was taught in the lesson. And so those can be really handy also for reinforcing their learning.

Now, we do recommend that in between lessons, students take time to pull their kits out, get all the items together that they already know how to use, or all the code commands that they already know how to use if they're working through the Python lessons and use their imagination and come up with some simple projects and just kind of reinforce those skills by practicing, okay? So in between lessons, build in some practice time. For most students that will be some of the most fun they have. The feedback we get from parents is that they often have a hard time getting their kids to stop practicing and to come do their math or eat their dinner, so you probably won't have to encourage this too much, but building that time in can be really valuable.

Okay, so hopefully you now have a better idea of what it looks like when you're ordering your kit and how these lessons are structured. If you have any questions, please reach out to us. Click here to email me.

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