Have you ever wanted to add physical computing and electronics to your class but weren’t sure how to do so? We’re here to help with new curriculum options for both Arduino and Raspberry Pi as well as a reminder on some micro:bit curriculum options.
Our newest Arduino-based curriculum is designed around the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit v4.1. The 16-week course contains lectures, workshops and design projects that will introduce students to key engineering skills. Instructor resources such as a syllabus, worksheets, sample code, quizzes, a glossary and more make it a breeze to design a course around. Designed for beginners, this course walks students through basics such as building a circuit and writing the code to light up an LED all the way through building their own working jukebox.
Designed for high school teachers looking to utilize Raspberry Pi, the Citizen’s Guide to Raspberry Pi and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide cover everything you need to know to teach with the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit. These resources will bring Raspberry Pi, coding and circuitry to life through tasks and challenges that work their way from beginner to intermediate level. The Teacher’s Guide includes a learning progression, grading rubrics, keyword word bank, going further challenges and more to expand the learning covered in the Citizen’s Guide.
Looking for micro:bit curriculum? We also have you covered with two different options for micro:bit, both aimed at middle school.
The first was designed by Adams 12 Five Star School District to accompany the SparkFun micro:bit Educator Lab Pack. It contains two units, each lasting 8 weeks, that cover the basics of physical computing with the micro:bit and dive into designing and developing an electronics project.
The second comes from Microsoft. It’s great for both experienced and novice computer science teachers alike. The 12 lessons in the course each include both unplugged activities designed to demonstrate concepts and hands-on activities using micro:bit to reinforce the lessons learned.