New Curriculum: Arduino and Raspberry Pi (Plus Bonus micro:bit Curriculum)

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 ... Continue reading

What are Diodes, Thermistors and Shields

A large part of why I undertook this “What is a…” series around electronic components is because I wanted to better understand these components myself. Up until this point, the pieces that have been ... Continue reading

A Simple “No-Wiring Required” Temperature Measurement

I teach Arduino workshops at Tinkermill, our local maker space, to members from 8 to 80 years old. Some in my workshop are retired electrical engineers with 50 years of experience and some aren’t ... Continue reading

MaKey MaKey Workshop in the Elementary Classroom - Circuits, Conductors, and Insulators - Oh My!

Every year, my kids beg me to put together a SparkFun activity for their classrooms. Ensuring this activity is aligned with academic goals, fun for students, and doable for me is always the challenge ... Continue reading

Allowing Room for Failure: The Benefit of Providing Master Code Files

If you’ve followed any of my earlier posts, you may have seen a link to a giant 100+ slide Google Slides on teaching Arduino. If you are crazy and took the time to read through all of it (first off, ... Continue reading

The Many Benefits of STEM/STEAM Learning

Over the past few years, the topics of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and mathematics) have been pushed to the front line of ... Continue reading

What a Simple Blink Sketch Can Teach Us About Vision

Happy New Year and good tidings and all of that other stuff people typically wish you! I don’t know about anybody else, but my least favorite thing about the New Year is the constant question of what ... Continue reading

Using Paper Circuits to Teach Second Graders Problem Solving

My second graders and I recently purchased and put together the SparkFun Paper Circuits Kit. This kit helped my students understand what a circuit is, how a circuit works, and how to create their ... Continue reading

Design Thinking, Part 2: Breaking Down the Discovery and Implementation Phases

Welcome back! Today we will be diving a little bit deeper into Design Thinking (DT) as a tool for your students and a way to pump up the creativity in your classroom. Last time, we looked at the ... Continue reading

Design Think It: Teaching Pragmatic Coding Through Design Thinking

If you’ve been following some of my posts, you’ll notice that many of the projects I pick for students to pursue are centered around bringing real world experiences to them. Very often, they involve ... Continue reading

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