Robotics: Level A
Description: 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: $30.00 (check written to the coordinating instructor, Ashley Knickerbocker or Stephanie York, due at Orientation or at the first class)
Annual tuition: $370.00 ($37.00/month for 10 months, August- May or $2.00/month if prorated or on a 9-month payment plan)