In this bootcamp, students will build a small robot and get familiar with the components involved, including motors, sensors, and the Micro:bit microcontroller. We will be using the SparkFun Micro:Bot Kit v2.0 for this bootcamp. We will also be using the Micro:bit v2 which will continue to be used in future Maker Studio Jr bootcamps.
What the students should accomplish at the end of the nanodegree (be familiar with a topic, use new software, etc.)
- Students will build their own robot and code it for various functionalities
- Students will understand the basic electronics components of their robot including motors, sensors, and wiring
- Students will learn to program a microcontroller to be the “brains” of the robot controlling it’s motors and sensors
About the Facilitator:
Kristen Montesano is the Director of Tech Education for Galileo and has been teaching STEAM skills since 2017 in various self-directed learning environments, summer camps, and makerspaces. She enjoys creating tech projects including games, 3D prints and animations, electronics projects, and digital experiences and is always exploring emerging technologies. In her free time, Kristen enjoys travel as well as sports and activities in nature including hiking, rock climbing, and recently snowboarding. Kristen has a B.S. in Child Learning and Development and believes that the most important feature of any course is that the students leave feeling accomplished and inspired to explore the topic more on their own.
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