Intro Level – 20 Lessons – Includes Beginner Kit

Course 101: Intro to Engineering & Computer Science

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

About this Course

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. Our courses contains step-by-step instructions and videos to help you build this project from start to finish. Upon successful completion of this workshop, you’ll be prepared to take the next course:  Course 201 –  Robotics & Mechatronics.

Topics covered

The Project

Robot Friend

Use cardboard and cut out a template of your robot. Use a light sensor and servo motor to control your robot’s arm.

Night liGht

Use a light sensor to create a night light that 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 or snap. Learn what other noises make your clapper work.

Music Conductor

Create a musical masterpiece by using a piezo buzzer.  Learn how to play a variety of tunes with simple notes. 


Create a doorbell by using a piezo buzzer and button sensor. Learn how to make your doorbell sound unique. 

Intruder Detector

Use a light sensor and household materials to create a door activated alarm. No one can enter your room!


Use an LCD display, button, and sensor to create a thermometer and measure the temperature. 

Kitchen timer

Build a programmable timer to keep track of time. Now you can help your relatives keep track of their cooking.

LCD Backlight Disco

Start a mini disco party by using a backlight from the LCD display and buzzer. Watch the cool colors glow! 

Analog indicator

Create your own dial indicator by using a servo motor, light, temperature, and sound sensor.

Music Machine

Play a simple musical instrument by using a piezo buzzer, potentiometer, button and light sensor. 

Simon Game

Recreate the feel of the classic Simon Says game using an LCD display, button, and touch sensor.

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Frequently asked questions


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. 

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.

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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

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. 

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!