Please note: This course is under live testing and ongoing development. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Peter ([email protected]) to discuss suitability and options.
What is the Kids Learning Space Arduino SbS Getting Started?
This Tech Explorations Kids Learning Space course is designed for school-age students who have an interest in STEM studies and in particular in electronics. Using the Arduino as a learning tool, this course will introduce the student to the world of electronics, creativity, and making.
In designing this course, we emphasized the importance of getting the basics right and learning to mastery. Dr Peter Dalmaris, the designer and main instructor and author of Maker Education Revolution, has been an an educator since 2000 and has been teaching exclusively online since 2013. In designing this course he used everything he learned during those years, and applied the principles of maker education.
The result is a course that we believe is the first of its kind, any where in the world. It combines a variety of instruments and practices that aim to produce graduates that have mastered everything that is course covers, and prepares students for life-long learning in a high-tech society.
Here are the main features of the course:
Apart from the lecture and section resources, the Kid's Learning Space also offers:
The Kid's Learning Space Arduino Step by Step Getting Started contains more than 15 hours of instructional video and other materials and activities that is spread out over 17 weeks. During this time, the student learns, makes, and constantly improves their grasp of the technology itself, but also the important life-long learning skills of
This is surely not an easy course. Maker and STEM education is about learning, making and teaching, and all of that is hard at start. We are here to support the learning journey of our students and help them accomplish both the specific learning objectives outlined above and the "soft" skills that tomorow's leaders will need.
Are you a teacher? A homeschooling family? A maker-space mentor?
If you are tasked with teaching the Arduino, electronics and programming to your students or children, we are sure that this Kids Learning Space course will be an excellent resource.
We offer you an obligation-free online meeting during which we can discuss your teaching needs and determine if we can tailor the KLS Arduino SbS GSR to meet those needs. During this meeting, we can also give you a detailed tour of the course, and answer any questions you may have.
Who is the ideal student for this course?
We have designed this course for students, over 11 years of age, who are able to use a computer independently, or with assistance available closely, a thirst to learn about technology, and a drive for making things.
Examples of ideal students would be:
However, the course can be used and customized for any number of circumstances:
If you are unsure whether this course is suitable for your needs, talk to us! We'd be happy to discuss your requirements and help you.
Course content and alignment with the Australian Curriculum
The curriculum in this course is suitable for students aged 11 years old or older. In Australia, this translates to students enrolled in years 6 and over, or equivalent.
If you wish to match educational outcomes of your child or student against the educational outcomes prescribed by the new Australian Curriculum in Digital Technologies, please consider the following.
In Australia, the skills and competencies that students will develop as they work their way through this course curriculum include these educational outcomes from the Australian Digital Curriculum:
For more information on the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies please visit the Australian Curriculum website.
What are the enrollment options?
We offer this course at three levels:
All three levels of access include all course materials. The only difference is in the level of support that we provide to the student.
Let's look at the details
At the Discoverer level, there is no help desk support, and no access to the scheduled webinars. The Discoverer student has access to all video and downloadable content, as well as the quizzes, the certificate of completion, and the private Facebook group.
A Discovered-level enrollment is best for students that already have a mentor who can assist them.
At the Maker level, the student gets access to help desk support and all scheduled webinars, as well as everything else that the Discoverer has access too.
A Maker is entitled to asking questions via the help desk and access the Knowledge Base for answers to the most common problems.
A Maker-level enrollment is best for students that don't have access
to a mentor, or at least someone who can help them get through blocks in
the learning process.
At the Explorer-level, the student gets access to everything that the Maker-level student gets, as well as a dedicated mentor which whom the student can have direct communication via the Help Desk and email. On top of the scheduled regular webinars, the Explorer also has access to a half hour video chat weekly that can be used towards educational or problem solving discussions.
An Explorer-level enrollment is best for students that don't have a mentor, need additional special support and coaching in their learning journey, or perhaps feel the need to speed up their learning.
Do you offer coaching?
If you need a one-on-one video chat session to help you with your learning you can purchase time tokens. Each token entitles you to 30 minutes of one-on-one video coaching with one of our mentors.
The token price covers the cost of our mentor communicating with the student in order to understand the nature of the question, researching it in order to provide a solution with high educational value (not simply to solve the student's problem), and to deliver the 30-minute private webinar where the solution is discussed with the student.
Explorer-level students have 2 mentor coupons per month to use at a time of their choice (up to 4 tokens can be accumulated at a time before they elapse).
Students that are enrolled at the Discoverer and Maker level can purchase mentor tokens at any time.
What will mentors do and not do in a coaching session?
Our coaching service is specifically offered to help students with the learning journey in the context of this specific course. Our mentors will not assist students with things such as school assignments or projects, unless they are directly related to Arduino Step by Step Getting Started.
Further, our mentors will never give students a solution to a problem, be it programmatic, diagrammatic or anything else. We believe that learner must work hard to solve their own problems. This is a core premise of Make Education. The role of the mentor is to create an environment that is conducive of learning, assist with educational materials and help the learner navigate through the complex maze that is the learning process.
All of our mini projects and major projects have been designed to be well within the capabilities of our students, taking into account how these capabilities increase over time.
Mentor coaching token pricing
[Pricing and purchasing options for mentor tokens will be added soon]
Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.
As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.
Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers.
A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.
His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations.
Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers.
For more information on Peter's work, please go to his web site.
This is an educational product for people under 18 years of age.
All prices may change at any time without notice. Enrolled students will receive notification at least 30 days ahead of any pending pricing change via email.