Classes take place on Thursdays at 4pm Eastern / 3pm Central / 2pm Mountain / 1pm Pacific from October 13 - November 10, 2022
Each class lasts about one hour.
All you need for Week 1 is an index card, pen, ruler, and scissors. A week-by-week list of all the supplies needed, including crafts material, with links, is available here.
- Estimated cost of electronics needed is about $50 per person (less if you have multiple students who can share materials that come in bulk).
- I highly recommend getting the Adafruit electronics parts savings bundle if it is available. It has all the electronics you need for class, and comes with a copy of my book BOTS! If it's out of stock, you can enter your email to be notified when it is back -- sometimes within a day.
- You can also buy the parts individually from my Adafruit shopping list or on Amazon.
NOTE: Contact me if you are having trouble finding what you need! Electronics supply chains have been affected by world events this year. I have a limited number of kits for sale. I will also go over supplies needed the first week and suggest ways to salvage what you need from dollar store devices.
The programmable Adafruit Circuit Playground Express microcontroller board is also used in the follow-up class, More BOTS!
We will be using free, online Microsoft MakeCode software. It works best using the Chrome browser.
To download the code to the programmable board, you will also need a laptop or desktop computer (not a tablet) that can be connected to the board with a standard USB data cable (see the supply list for details).
Many families find it useful to watch the class on a second device while working with MakeCode on their computer. However, it is possible to Zoom and code on the same computer at the same time!
A camera and microphone are required. Parents will need a Zoom account (free).