A bit About Programming & Circuits With Micro:bit: Unit 1
BUILD YOUR OWN INSTRUMENTS, WEARABLES & MORE
For Kids Grades 3-5
Your Kids Will:
- Create their own wearable project and make a musical instrument
- Practice growth mindset and positive thinking
- Engage in the engineering design process
- Gain confidence while working with electrical hardware
- Build enthusiasm for programming and software
- Be inspired to create their own electrical projects
- See themselves as inventors and engineers
Course Overview: A bit about programming, circuits and more with Micro:bit: Unit 1
This course is perfect for kids who like to build and design, who want to learn more about circuits and coding, and are ready for block computer programming. This class is made for anyone that loved snap circuits when they were younger and want to do more or for anyone who wants to learn about how software and hardware work together.
Kids will step into the world of Micro:bit and will learn how to use Micro:bit computer programming and circuitry to build their own instruments, wearables and more. We will have lots of fun learning, coding, and building together.
This course promotes a foundational understanding of both technical skills and basic concepts in circuitry/programming. Technical skills include connecting and programming micro controllers, and programming if statements and for/while loops. Kids will also learn basic concepts including input, output, voltage, ground, and current.
This course will teach the engineering design process and focus on social emotional learning (growth mindset + positive thinking) as well as empathetic design. Kids will combine all of these skills and concepts in their final wearable project for the course.
Course includes Micro:bit kit ($30 Value)
Micro:bit is an open source microprocessor made by BBC. It is a small computer designed to teach kids about circuits.
- Used by millions of schools to demonstrate key inputs and outputs.
- Shows how computers truly function and operate.
- The make:code software makes it easy for kids to test their hardware and troubleshoot their own work and designs.
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our promise to you. If you and your kid are not happy after the first two classes, we’ll give you a full refund or help you find another course. See FAQ for more details.
Parents Love Us“Max was an absolutely wonderful instructor for the 4th grade class! Thank you all for your wonderful work in inspiring the next generation of STEM students!”
- Rachel D.
Social Emotional Topics: Growth Mindset and Positive Thinking
Class 1: Connecting our Micro:bit and using LEDs
Class 2: If/Else logic and building a tug of war game
Class 3: Outputs and For loops
Class 4: Inputs and While loops
Class 5: Current, Ground, Voltage
Class 6: Build your own musical instrument! (Day 1)
Class 7: Build your own musical instrument! (Day 2)
Class 8: Wearable Project (Empathy and Research)
Class 9: Wearable Project (Development)
Class 10: Wearable Project (Presentations) and course wrap-up
About the Instructor:
Mr. Max is one of Build A Robot K12’s incredible teachers. He loves helping students get invested in projects, as he firmly believes that hands-on work is the best way to get kids excited about learning.
He has a dual degree from CU Boulder in Mechanical Engineering and Science Education. His focus is on mechanical design and IoT. In addition to being an extraordinary instructor, he is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Stridetech Medical.
Something fun about Mr. Max: He is a big lover of all things bicycle related - tandem biking, mountain biking and bike fixing. Some of his favorite adventures include tandem biking the Going to Sun Road in Glacier National Park and bikepacking through the Moab Desert in Utah.
This course is intended for beginners who are upper elementary students or older. No coding or Micro:bit background is necessary. Kids will need basic reading and writing skills.
Do you need help picking the right course? Contact Us for help choosing the best option for your kid.
- PC, Mac or Chromebook
- Micro:bit kit (included with purchase)
- Materials take 5 - 8 business days to deliver with standard free shipping. We recommend that you place your order with expedited shipping if materials are needed sooner; however, we cannot guarantee that all materials will arrive prior to the start of the first class.
- Microphone and camera for virtual classes
- Access to Zoom: Please go to https://zoom.us/ to install Zoom and set up your account on your device. Here is a video with tips on how to Install Zoom if you need additional support.
- Students will need to know how to share their screen in Zoom.
- micro:bit software and (free software download links will be posted in Classroom Portal and sent to students prior to class kick off)
Your kid will be part of a small group, live online class that meets 1 hour/week. Outside of class, we expect they may need up to an hour to work on concepts or finish building/programming anything that is not finalized in class. However don’t be surprised if your kid wants to do more on their own for fun.
We believe that human-centered skills and technical skills need to go hand in hand in order to create inspired leaders and problem solvers who will direct positive, social change through technological advancement. With this vision in mind, we add Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to all of our courses. The SEL topics for this course are Growth Mindset and Positive Thinking.