Master Technician

(Level 4)

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Congratulations! You’ve made it to Master Technician Level! This is no easy feat and you have learned various subject areas to get here. This level pushes the boundaries on all things tech - including hardware, software, soldering, and data analysis. The kits that students build in this level require time, effort, critical thinking, and an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering and coding. Most skills learned in this tier are high school and college level material (Advanced Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering)

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NOTE: This project is considered advanced and requires the use of a soldering iron.

Kit #1: Augmented & Virtual Reality

(IMU Game Kit)

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology refers to computer-generated simulations that integrate the real world (AR) or are entirely self-contained (VR). This is the future! This project will guide you through soldering, assembling, and programming the IMU Game kit; IMU stands for inertial measurement unit. The final product will display virtual targets for you to shoot. You aim by physically moving the project as if the targets were in real space (think of the game Duck Hunt).

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Electrical and mechanical assembly
  • Software (inputs + outputs)
  • System breakdown
  • Game state machine
  • How video games work

Kit #2: RGB LED Cube

The LED Cube is one of Thimble’s most popular kits. This project uses the popular WS2812B Digital RGB LED. Students will assemble six boards to build their own LED cube. They may add an optional IMU sensor to control the cube based on its orientation. Students will also program their own patterns to control what the cube does, and can use their own sensors to make the cube react to light, sound, etc. 

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Electrical assembly
  • Mechanical assembly
  • Troubleshooting
  • Voltage regulators
  • Resistor packs
  • Schematic and PCB design
  • Flash new ESP firmware
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NOTE: This project is considered advanced and requires the use of a soldering iron.

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NOTE: This project is considered advanced and requires the use of a soldering iron.

Kit #3: Advanced WiFi Robot

This project takes the beginner WiFi robot that students built in the Apprentice Level to the next level. Students will use a printed circuit board and solder various components to perform similar functions. Students will cover the ultrasonic module to turn the robot into an obstacle avoiding robot and learn about the dead-reckoning technique for fun navigation. 

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Schematics
  • Using the ultrasonic module
  • WiFi module
  • Controlling from a phone
  • Troubleshooting

Kit #4: GPS & Navigation

(LED Compass Kit)

Students will build a compass kit that shows which way is North by lighting up the appropriate LED as well as outputting a heading in degrees through serial communication. Students will learn to program a calibration function to make their compass more accurate.

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • PCB design and analysis
  • Electrical and mechanical assembly
  • System breakdown
  • Software
  • Calibration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Shift registers
  • Magnetometers
  • Design choices
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NOTE: This project is considered advanced and requires the use of a soldering iron.