WHY PARENTS CHOSE THIS ONLINE COURSE?

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Engage & Learn

Kids are ONLINE - no matter you want them to or not. This is the new normal and the best way to take advantage of this is to keep them engaged.

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New Skills

The new skills involve electronics, hardware, and coding. Learn the skillsets of the future by building their own IoT Rover or Robots from scratch.

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Future of Learning

Enable and expose your chile to future-based learning such as Robotics, IoT, programming, coding, and making things using a STEM-based curriculum.

This online workshop aims to expose the students to the world of electronics, IoT technology, assembly, and programming through a simple but capable robot kit.

Subject: Robotics & Programming Course.

Grade/Level: 5th-8th Grade or 10 years old and up. 

Topic: An Introduction to basic IoT Robotics.

Time Allotment: 15 - 20 minutes per module | 10 sessions total.

Students: Unlimited.

Instructor: Alex Lehtinen | Mechanical Engineer | Finland

Location: tdf.teachable.com

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Purchase the rover kit.

Our TDF STEM Rover Kit 1.0 can be purchased online and we will deliver it to your home.

The main objective in these workshops is to have fun and make the world of technology seem more like a goldmine of opportunity and ideas rather than an intimidating avalanche of code, numbers, and symbols.

 

Finding resources, utilizing existing designs and understanding how to adapt other’s ideas to perform our desired functions are fundamental skills necessary to keep up with the fast-paced nature of the technology.  

Learning the 4 C’s skillsets for the 21st Century (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity). The course will teach and guide the students to work together to reach a goal and look at problems in a new way as well as try new approaches to get things done.

As the world continues to advance and prosper, our skill levels also need to evolve. Below are the top 10 skills for 2020 as defined in the Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum. Our workshops aim to tackle as many of these skillsets as possible in order to make sure we learn the skills we need right now and the future.

Objectives.

Introducing the students to making (fabrication) and programming to help achieve the learning objectives of the 21st century. This workshop will allow students to build a fully operational IoT car and program it to perform simple functions. The idea of this workshop is to allow the students to see the whole process and give them the necessary tools to implement their own ideas. It starts with the idea and making it into a physical object that they can control and manipulate. The robot they build in this course is an open-source platform based on popular and up-to-date components.

A. Rover Kit:

Everything that is needed in terms of parts and materials will be organized in a kit for each student. Each one will have the opportunity to customize their design - by adding in their names and slogan - in order to make it more personal and be creative (This can be customized at our TDF location in District 2).

B. Learning & Sharing:

Once you've obtained the TDF STEM Rover Kit 1.0, you can access our online step-by-step learning program at your conveniences - or at our TDF location in District 2 or other locations throughout the city (coming soon)

C. Learning at your convenience:

The online course is laid out for you to access and go at your own pace. Each session is broken down into 15-30 minutes modules and tracks your progress as you go. 

D. Understanding the objectives:

Begining of each course, an introduction or summary will allow the students and parents a basic understanding of the intent of the course and can be accessed at any time in order to review the purpose. If there are specific questions, the student has access to schedule online demo or live chats with our instructor. 

E. Independent or Group work:

One of the objectives is to allow the students to work together to solve a problem. There will be scheduled online sharing session in which the students can go online to interact with other students all over the country. 

F. Easy to follow instructions:

Each session is recorded by our instructor on how to do the entire process from beginning to end and it allows the student to watch and follow at his/her own pace. 

Contents.

The following are contents each student will receive:

  • Booklets: An instructional booklet will be given in PDF form to each student to print or open on their iPad or computer to follow.

  • Kit Materials: The list of materials includes:

    • 2 wheels

    • 2 geared DC motors

    • Servo

    • Battery holder

    • NodeMCU microcontroller

    • NodeMCU motor controller shield

    • 4 AA batteries

    • Chassis template/kit

    • Spare batteries

    • RGB LED

    • Buzzer

    • Mini breadboard

    • Wires and other electrical components

  • Equipment & Tools: The following tools and equipment are available for the students ONLY at our workshop certified locations or at TDF facility. 

    • Laser Cutter (TDF Facility only)

    • Blynk App

    • Inkscape

    • Rulers

    • Protractors

    • Right angles

    • Soldering iron

    • Utility knife

    • Cutting mats

Activity Summary.

The following are the breakdown summary of the activities for each of the courses:

A. Introduction to Design Thinking

  • Introduction to the workshop

  • Overview of the course

  • Objectives and purposes

 

B. Materials, Tools, and Requirements

  • Complete the assembly of the rover

  • Introduction to I/O

  • Reflect: choose one of the 4 Cs

C. Running Gear

  • Introduce servo

  • Efficiency coding

  • Connect to rover

D. Electric Hardware

  • Introduction to circuits

  • Basic components

  • Reflect: choose one of the 4 Cs

E. Wiring and Connections

  • Interconnect components

  • Design and schematics

  • Assembly of parts

F. Programming and Software

  • Programming

  • Basic control commands

  • Learn about LEDs - coding for different light effects

G. The Code

  • Coding methods

  • Basic codes

  • Reflect: choose one of the 4 Cs

H. Making a Basic Circuit

  • Build the circuit

  • Basic layout

I. Adding New Features 1

  • Sensors and components

  • Assembly and program

J. Adding New Features 2

  • Free design element

  • Assembly and program

  • Obstacle course

K. Test Drive!

  • Presentation of rover

  • Complete assembly

  • Reflect: choose one of the 4 Cs

Resources.

Communication:

Additional Notes.

Disclaimer: A very small chance of electrocution though low-voltage electronics is possible. There will be tools that might cause minor harm such as soldering iron, scissors, knife, etc.

Record the process: We encourage the student to take the time and record by pictures or videos of their progress in order to share or to ask specific questions if needed.

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