Intro to Robotics Level B Overview

– Intro to robotics
level B is now available. And I’m so excited to share
this information with you. In level A, we introduced your student to building basic circuits and taught them to write basic code, including
using common commands and simple program structure. All right, so in level B
they’ll have an opportunity for these skills to really take off. At the end of level B you can expect your student to have an intermediate level of electrical and coding skills, as well as a large set
of electrical components. And this really sets them up to tackle most projects they’ll find online. So what does this look like? All right so in terms of circuit building, B introduces a large
number of new components including a number of sensors, such as light sensors and infrared sensors and ultrasonic sensors and touch sensors and temperature sensors and RFID. If you’ve ever used a security badge to tap an entrance and access
a building, that’s RFID, radio frequency identification, and there are so many cool
things that you can do with it. Your student will also learn to work with several input and
output devices including a piezo speaker, a keypad
and a slide switch, and even a display. Now, along the way we’re
going to teach them about important electrical concepts, such as converting analog
to digital signals, level shifting, working with capacitors, pulse width modulation and
working with I2C devices. These concepts become really important as the complexity of the
projects they work on increase. Okay next, in level B we also significantly expand
their coding knowledge and move onto intermediate
level python commands. This includes working with functions, complex program layouts,
advanced string concepts, logical operators,
downloading data libraries, using input files and so much more. As you can probably tell
level B is jam-packed and it’s definitely a step up from level A in terms of both the
depth and the complexity. But don’t worry level B is still structured as 18 step by step lessons, the lessons are a bit longer than A, I’d plan 60 to 90 minutes per lesson. For a high school student I’d recommend completing maybe two lessons a week. And so most high school students can aim to complete
both level A and level B in a single semester,
for a half credit course. Now, if you’re working with
a middle school student, with level B, I would
recommend considering slowing down how often
they’re completing lessons. You know one lesson per
week is likely to be plenty, which means you’d aim to
complete both level A and level B over the course of a school
year or maybe a bit longer. Now, as I mentioned before, the information in
level B is more complex, and a 12 or 13 year
old will likely require more time to process that information and practice with the new
components and coding skills before they move on to the next lesson. But here’s the thing, since your student is systematically building
on previous skills, there’s a lot of room for
practice and experimentation in between lessons to really
help cement those concepts. Just work at their pace, there’s plenty of time to
complete all four levels. Now, if you’re student is excited to continue to expand their skills and build more complicated circuits and more exciting programs, level B is now available

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