Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

Robotics: Level B  

Description:  Ready to take your 6th - 8th grade students' electronics and programming skills to the next level? Level B is the second level in the Introduction to Robotics series. This course is designed to build on the electronics and programming skills learned in Introduction to Robotics: Level A. Students will expand their knowledge of coding to control electrical components, including projects involving integrated circuits, switches, and sensors. This class follows Introduction to Robotics: Level A, and it is a great way to prepare students for high school STEM and Technology classes.

*Prerequisite: Robotics: Level A

  •  Work administratively with files, folders, and directories.
  •  Continue to expand coding knowledge to include functions, advanced list commands, logical operators, while 
  •  true loops, advanced string techniques, try/except/finally, and multithreaded operations.
  •  Understand pulse width modulation.
  •  Learn to work with new types of switches, a matrix-style keypad, potentiometers, phototransistors,
     infrared sensors, RFID readers, temperature sensors, an I2C display, and ultrasonic range sensors.
  •  Learn to use Github and adjust for various versions of Python.
  • Work with an analog-to-digital converter integrated circuit.
  •  Continue to improve troubleshooting skills for both electrical circuits and computer programs.
  •  Continue to gain the skills to independently tackle projects found online.

Supplies Needed:      will need Level B kit AND Level A kit 
  •  Toolbox/Carrier for component parts
  •  2 AA Batteries
  •  Some additional parts/supplies may be needed over the course of the class (such as batteries)

Copy/Supply fee: $30.00 (check written to John Wolfgang due at Orientation or at the first class)

Annual tuition: $390.00 ($39.00/month for 10 months, August- May, or $44/month if prorated or on a 9-month payment plan)

John Wolfgang

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).

Courses Offered: Introduction to Robotics: Level B