Introduction to Robotics: Level A
Teacher: John Wolfgang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Students in grades 5th - 8th will learn circuit building and basic computer programming in Python with Intro to Robotics Level A. This course is designed to start at the very beginning and systematically teach students electronics, programming, and then how to combine those skills to build a functional robot. Along the way they will learn how to use common electrical components, read schematics, troubleshoot, and craft every line of computer code. No prior experience is necessary. Class time will be used for lesson instruction, project completion for each lesson, and additional skill practice. Complete component kits must be purchased prior to starting the class and will need to be brought back each week once we begin the lessons. The first few weeks students will not yet need them in class as we will be completing a few circuit intro units using Snap Circuits. I will let you know when kits are needed in class. Homework will be minimal and will consist of a few short questions relating to lesson comprehension as well as practicing the concepts learned in class. I will send home a copy of the lesson each week for your information and review.
L E V E L A S C O P E AND S E Q U E N C E
Learn how electricity and electrical equipment work.
Learn to properly use common electrical components that make up circuits including breadboards, batteries, LEDs, resistors, jumper wires, and switches.
Build both series and parallel circuits and understand how to use Ohm's Law when designing circuits.
Practice systematic troubleshooting techniques including half-splitting.
Learn to read schematic drawings.
Learn to use a Raspberry Pi (a mini computer) including connecting it to peripherals (keyboard, mouse, etc.) as well as downloading files and software updates.
Learn to use several included software packages including Raspbian OS, Nano, and Thonny.
Learn to create basic Python programs including comments, merging strings, user input, mathematical functions, lists, if/else statements, and loops to control electrical circuits and create games.
Learn to identify and correct errors in Python computer programs.
Gain the skills to independently tackle projects found online.
Copy/Supply fee: $20.00 (check written to John Wolfgang due at Orientation or at the first class)
Annual tuition: $360.00 ($36.00/month for 10 months, August- May or $40.00/month if prorated or on a 9 month payment plan)
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
BS in Electrical Engineering
BS in Computer Engineering
John Wolfgang, who will be teaching Introduction to Robotics A, has a background in electrical, computer, and software engineering, with a masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently works in technical sales for Vicom Infinity out of NYC. During his time in undergrad at West Virginia University, John was first introduced to robotics, and he enjoyed co-coaching a FIRST Robotics high school team after completing grad school.
John and his amazing wife Jennifer (who generously wrote this bio for him) began homeschooling their 6 children 12 years ago, and graduated their oldest in 2020. John enjoys spending time with family, sharing Bible-based personal finance teaching with anyone who will listen, practicing yoga, avoiding most white-colored foods, serving in leadership at his home church, Parkway Baptist, and “getting in my steps.” His favorite color is orange, his favorite snacks are Himalayan salted dark-chocolate almonds and Garden Salsa SunChips, and he grew up in Hershey, PA (and yes, it really used to smell like chocolate there before they moved the chocolate factory).
Teaching: Introduction to Robotics: Level A