Level 2


Level 2 of the Thimble.io curriculum that allows students to expand their knowledge of hardware and embedded programming. The Maker Level will start off with students building a robotic arm to add to their WiFi Robot. This level will be complemented by the addition of a new project that introduces students to Weather and Agricultural Technology. Students will interact with familiar components and learn how to apply them in creative ways. 


Kit #1: Robotics & Mechatronics

(Module 4 - The Robotic Arm)

It’s time to add the finishing touches to the WiFi Robot. In this project, students will build a 3-axis robot arm and attach it to their robot.  Students will also learn advanced kinematics behind controller devices in a 3D space. 

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Level 2 Chassis construction
  • Servo Motors
  • Servo Board Driver
  • Line Finder Module
  • Taped Acrylic Sheet
  • Using Acrylic Mounts
  • Nylon Stand-offs
  • Male-to-male Jumper Cords
  • Jumpers/Rubber Bands

Kit #2: Climate Science & Technology

(Module 1 - Weather Station Sensors)

This is the first project in a series of weather-themed kits that will give students an opportunity to learn about weather and agricultural technology. Included parts: temperature, humidity, pressure, UV-index, and ambient light sensors; LED Bar Graph.

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • What is Weather?
  • Building the Weather Station
  • How to Use Wrappers
  • LED Bar Graph
  • Indoor Pressure Experiment
  • Datasheets

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Kit #3: Climate Science & Technology

(Module 2 - Remote Sensing, Internet Protocols, and Internet Services)

In the second installment of this project, students will upload their weather data to a database of other weather stations. Students will view their weather data remotely and from any internet connected device.

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • What is Serial Communication? (UART vs SPI vs I2C)
  • First Time WiFi Module Setup
  • Getting Weather Data
  • Using Chainable RGB LEDs
  • Creating Super Simon Game
  • Further reading on HTML and CSS

Kit #4: Climate Science & Technology

(Module 3 - Rain Gauge Design, Magnets, and Magnetic Fields)

In this project, students will construct a tilt-bucket rain gauge. When it starts raining, water is funneled into the bucket. It fills up one side of the seesaw-like actuator - causing the actuator to tip and trigger a magnetic switch.

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Why and how to collect and measure rainfall data
  • Assembling the Rain Gauge
  • Testing the Rain Bucket
  • How do Magnets Work?
  • Magnetic Intruder Alarm