Intro Level – 20 Lessons – Includes Beginner Kit

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Course 202: Smart Home Technology

$99 to start. Then $29/month for access to all classes.


About this Course

The best smart home devices can raise your home’s IQ, from security cameras, WiFi locks, to cutting edge light bulbs. This course teaches you how to build a WiFI light switch so you can control the lights in your house from a computer, tablet, or computer.

This project uses a small servo and an electronic stability program (ESP) to give you wireless remote control of your lights from anywhere in your house. There are also many other uses for this project and we have included a few more ideas.  Be sure to check out the linked videos and the ‘Further Reading’ section for more details on the design. Upon successful completion, you’ll be prepared to take the Course 203: Video Game Technology where you’ll learn how to build a video game controller and program it to play fun  games such as Pong and Snake.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • I’ve Never Used an Arduino
  • Installing Libraries
  • Electrical Assembly
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Controlling the Servo
  • Selecting your Switch Type
  • Installing the WiFi ESP Library
  • Setting up WiFi
  • Serial Communication
  • Code
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Code Troubleshooting
  • Further Reading

The Project

WiFI light switch kit

You’ll learn to use a small servo and an ESP to give you wireless remote control of your lights from anywhere in your house.

Learn about smart home tech

Learn about complex electronic components such as voltage regulators, resistor packs, and other parts being used in industry.

Control the lights anywhere!

Once you piece together your WiFi light switch, you can control the lights from a phone, tablet, or computer.

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Frequently asked questions


What is Thimble?

Thimble is an online academy that makes it possible for students to take classes in robotics, coding, and game design taught by real teachers and industry professionals.

Project-based kits are delivered every three months to create a hands-on experience for students. Video lessons are available anytime, anywhere on your smartphone, tablet, or smart computer.

What is included in a Thimble membership?

Membership includes access to unlimited classes taught by real teachers and industry professionals on robotics, computer science, and game design.

Each class includes around 10 video lessons that are 15 minutes long on average, along with a project-based kit that’s delivered every 3 months. Students participate in contests and live build-along sessions with surprise guests. You also get access to offline lessons, our member’s only newsletter, and our dynamic community of students and parents around the world.

What age group is Thimble for?

Thimble is for students ages 10+ (or grades 4+)

What class should my child take first?

All students start with Course 101 which is an introduction to engineering and computer science. We believe all students need the basics before moving on to more advanced material.

When does my child’s first kit arrive?

Your child’s first kit arrives 2 days after you become a member. You’ll receive another kit every 3 months.

What if my child has little to no experience in robotics, coding, and game design?

You’re at the right place! We created Thimble to teach beginners a basic understanding of robotics, computer science, and game design. We assume they have no prior knowledge.

How long will it take my child to complete a class?

On average, a class takes 4-6 weeks to complete. However, lessons were designed so students learn at their own pace.

What are the live build-along sessions like?

Live build-along classes are held once a week to cover advanced topics. Live classes will also include special guests which include industry professionals from top tech and video game companies around the world.

Pricing & Payment

How much does a Thimble membership cost?

The membership is $99 to join then it’s $29 / month which provides unlimited access to all classes, live build-alongs, and new classes as they launch. Kits will be delivered every three months.

How do I cancel?

If you don’t want to continue, you can cancel your membership renewal through your account page.  Follow the prompts to cancel on the Settings page, and your membership will not renew. Please note that there aren’t refunds for partially unused membership periods.  If you have more questions, please contact us. We’re happy to help!
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