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STEM: Robotics Using Microbit - Beginner Class - Hands on! Build a Real Robot!

David Salch
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(3,271)
Learn TRUE hands-on Robotics while building your own robot!

Class experience

Learn the basic of robotics through understanding of the hardware to software marriage that is robotics.  Covered topics are:
   Sensors and how they work
   Block Programming
   Robot Logistics
   Intelligent vs unintelligent design
   Programming for the real world situations
   Tuning hardware through software
   Direct vs Indirect programming

We will learn the three pillars of robotics:

1. Perceive the environment
2. Decide what to do based on that perception
3. Act on that decision in the real world
I have been involved in computer science and robotics for 5 decades, having hand built my first robot as a teenager back in the day where parts had to be manually hard wired from scratch. In my career I have touched on many hardware / software disciplines and have several patents to my name in this field. This gives me a unique view on hardware and software as two parts of a whole end product. 

In addition to the technical skills I have spent decades explaining difficult computer science concepts to non-technical crowds including investors, administrators, salesmen, etc.  This provided a solid basis for teaching these skills in an age appropriate manner. 
My computer science classes bring these two (technical abilities and teaching experience) together into a fun, exciting hands on experience that is age appropriate. 

I have worked with this particular Yahboom robot for about 5 years now, and successfully taught basic robotics and some fairly advanced concepts) with this robot to thousands of students. 
Homework Offered
Each week there will be projects that can be finished and/or expanded in between live classes. This allows for self-exploration and enrichment to the degree desired. The results of the projects will be presented in the following week.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Each student will need a computer with a normal full sized USB port available to use. 

MATERIALS REQUIRED are the specific Yahboom brand robot body kit and Microbit microcontroller. It is a requirement for everyone in class to use the exact same robot body and controller for consistency. The cost is about $100, and this same robot kit is good for all of my robotic classes.

For convenience and sure in time shipping, we have partnered with an educational supply company to provide the proper materials for class with only one purchase.  We highly recommend using this link to purchase all supplies for the class on one kit with fast shipping. This is the link to the complete class package including robot and micro-controller:


Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(3,271)
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
50 min

Completed by 1194 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
4-18 learners per class

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