STEM: Engineering, Physics, Electronics, Programming Hands-On Course - Beginner

David Salch
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(3,256)
Ten week live course where you learn how electricity, gears, motors, and computers work while building real projects.

Class experience

This class is taught in English.
We will be focusing on three disciplines simultaneously and how they interact:
Physics (gears, levers, wheels, doors, motors, etc)
Electronics (batteries, circuits, lights, switches, resisters, etc)
Computer control (in the advanced session only)

The learning goal is to understand how each of these three aspects operates, and also how the three disciplines fit together to create a whole product, while fostering creativity and individual design and building skills. 

In addition, we will learn how to draw and read schematics and physical dimensional drawings. We will also explore the difference between assembling something and designing something. 

Each of these classes stresses individual creativity, and freedom to create new designs and solve unique problems. 
I have been involved in creating cross discipline products for a good part of my career (before retiring). 

There is a special skill in matching the abilities and challenges of several disciplines into a whole product, and this is what I specialized in. It's one thing to understand how a motor works, and another to understand how a gear works, but a new level is required to match the proper motor to the proper gear to accomplish a particular task. This is my expertise, "seeing the big picture".  It is my goal to pass along this "big picture" overall view between disciplines to young people to give them the ability that is perhaps rare but very beneficial. 
Homework Offered
Every week there will be a new project to understand, design and build. Most of the building will be on private time, with the meetings being primarily for presentation, discussion, designing, and review. Each participant can put in as much time as they desire to create a simple, or an elaborate version of the assigned project.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
It is a requirement to purchase the "Pilot" kit for this beginner class from the link here:

These parts will be reused and added to in the intermediate class. 

In addition, each class project requires common materials usually found around the house. The exact materials will depend on the student's own design for the project. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(3,256)
Learning facts and skills is definitely important, but an often missed but critical piece of education is understanding the foundation. Without a proper understanding of the underlying principles of "how something works," the collection of facts... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
55 min

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(37)
Completed by 261 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-15
3-18 learners per class

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