If you're a parent of a middle school or high school student and you would like your child to learn to work with electronics and code, it can be hard to know where to start.
Our Intro To Robotics course is an Open-and-Go curriculum and kit. It doesn't require any prep work or previous knowledge. So even if you and your child have never built a circuit or written any code, you can use this program.
We teach your kids the same way we teach our own kids. We start at the very beginning and teach electronics and coding skills systematically. Our goal is for your student to build both electrical and coding skills as well as a set of reusable parts so they can tackle projects they find online or learn to control circuits they design with code they write themselves.
Now we recommend that all students start with level A which is the first of four levels in the Intro To Robotics series. Level A consists of 18 step by step lessons and each lesson takes oh about 45 to 60 minutes. We've written the lessons directly to the students. So most students will be able to work through this course independently.
Alright let's talk about what they'll learn in level A. Level A starts at the very beginning with teaching your student how to build basic electrical circuits. Now unlike some kids out there, we teach circuit building using common electrical components, the same components you would find in any piece of electronics equipment.
So instead of using proprietary parts, they'll be learning to work with things like red boards, LEDs, resistors, switches and jumper wires. And again, don't worry, if you have no idea what any of those things are, it's okay. Each step by step lesson will teach your student how to work with electricity safely and build functional circuits.
Now in terms of practical skills, we also teach them to read electrical schematics. And this is a handy life skill whether you're trying to find projects online or figure out what part you need to replace when something in your house breaks. Those electrical drawings can give you a lot of information.
Alright next we move on to teach basic coding using Python which is the fastest growing computer program language. And besides being very popular, Python is great for beginners. It has a straightforward command structure, a reasonable learning curve and it requires less code to accomplish tasks than other programming languages. So it's really user friendly. It's also likely to be around for a while. Major platforms like Google, YouTube, Spotify, Yahoo Maps and many more are run on Python code. As a bonus, have you ever heard that learning French is easier if you speak Spanish because they're both based in Latin? That same idea applies to programming languages too. So learning Python first puts your student in a great position to learn other coding languages later.
Alright around lesson 15 in level A, your student will bring their circuit building skills together with their new coding skills to learn to control the circuits they build with the code they write. Now along the way, they will also learn to effectively troubleshoot which is seriously both a great life skill and an important job skill they can use someday.
In the end, our goal is that your student will understand how to use each electrical component and craft each line of code. This is powerful information and really sets them up to tackle projects they may find online or projects they may dream up. They'll also have a kit of reusable parts they can use for future projects or you can use both the curriculum and the kit parts to teach your other children in the future.
Now, level A is an amazing introduction to both electronics and coding but you don't have to take my word for it. I've brought today with me some emails that we've received from parents who've used this program with their own kids.
Alright, Deb in West Virginia said, "My kids have really been enjoying "seeing what happens when they created a complete circuit. "They light up with a feeling of accomplishment "and I've enjoyed learning alongside them." And that's a great point. You can learn alongside your kids.
Alright, Rudy in Michigan said, "My son is starting college next year. "Electrical engineering technology will be his major. "We are using your curriculum to get a headstart on college "and he is loving the program. "I have to tell him to stop and to move on "to his other school work. "He has just a couple lessons left "and we can't wait for level B." And that's pretty common. Usually, this is a pretty exciting thing to practice on their own.
Alright Pam in Tennessee said, "Thank you, my daughter has enjoyed "the step by step curriculum "that sets her up for success." We've been able to help so many families teach their children to work with electronics and write code.
Are you ready to get started? Visit 42electronics.com for information on our Intro To Robotics Program and to purchase level A.