Online – Self-Paced – Intro Level
Learn the basic building blocks of electronics and computer systems
Every engineer and computer scientist has a beginning. In this course, you’ll start from ground zero. You’ll be exposed to a variety of basic sensors, indicators, and actuators to learn electronics and coding with Arduino. If you don’t know what these words mean or parts do, that’s okay. We designed this course for beginners so that you can experience quick wins and get hooked. By the end of this course, you’ll learn to use these simple components to make a robot friend, night light, security alarm, kitchen timer, and other useful projects.
We find that if you don’t know the building blocks early on, it becomes difficult to comprehend the more advanced topics later down the line. To be successful, you’ll need to commit 1-2 hours (about 15 minutes per day) to this course. Our learning portal contains step-by-step instructions and videos to help you build each of the 12 mini projects from start to finish. If you get stuck or have questions, you can use our community forum to ask for help or collaborate with others.
Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be prepared to take the next course in our curriculum TH 201: Climate, Science, & Technology.
12 short projects that teach you the fundamentals of engineering, electronics, and computer systems.
2. Night Light
4. 8-bit Music Composer
6. Intruder Alarm
8. Kitchen Timer
9. LCD Backlight Disco
10. Analog Indicator
11. Music Machine
12. Simon Says
A combination of sensors, actuators, indicators, microcontrollers, and small parts:
Capacitive touch sensor
Plastic servo arm parts
3 LEDs, cables, screws
Here are some things you’ll need before you get started:
MS-PS3-6, MS-PS4-3, MS-LS1-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-, MS-ETS1-4
Use cardboard and cut out a template of your robot. Use a light sensor and servo motor to control your robot’s arm.
Use a light sensor to create a night light that only turns on when it’s dark. Once you’re done, customize it anyway you’d like.
Make a clapper that turns an LED on and off using a clap, snap, our loud noise. Learn what other noises make your clapper work.
Create a musical masterpiece by using a piezo buzzer. Learn how to play a variety of tunes with simple notes.
Create your very own doorbell by using a piezo buzzer and button sensor. Learn how to make your doorbell sound unique.
Use a light sensor and household materials to create a door activated alarm. Now no one can enter your room or secret hideout.
Use an LCD display, button, and temperature sensor to create a thermometer and measure the temperature.
Build a programmable timer to keep track of time. Now you can help your relatives keep track of their cooking.
Start your own mini disco party by using a backlight from the LCD display and piezo buzzer. Watch the cool colors glow!
Create your own dial indicator by using a servo motor, light, temperature, and sound sensor.
Play a simple musical instrument by using a piezo buzzer, potentiometer, button and light sensor.
Recreate the feel of the classic Simon Says game using an LCD display, button, and touch sensor.
Thimble courses are for students ages 10+. If students are younger, parent or teacher supervision is strongly recommended.
On average, our courses require one month to complete (depending how fast you go). That time will be spent watching video lessons and building projects.
We created Thimble to teach beginners a basic understanding of electronics, engineering, and code. We assume you have no prior knowledge; all we ask if that you have a hunger to learn.
Other platforms teach coding only. We teach hardware and software – putting real engineering tools in your hands to learn complex STEM skills used in industry.
You’ll receive online access to course instructions, video tutorials, and support forums. We’ll ship you the components and tools to build your hands-on projects.
If you want to take in-person courses that cost thousands of $$$, Thimble isn’t for you. Want an intro to STEM that’s taught at a fraction of the price? You’re in the right place.
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