Technician

(Level 3)

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Congratulations! You’ve made it to the 3rd tier in the Thimble.io curriculum. Students that have made it this far will add the finishing touches to their Weather Station and explore other subject areas in technology. Examples include smart home technology, video game construction and design, and music and audio engineering. Skills such as soldering and more advanced programming will be introduced to give students a deeper understanding. 

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Kit #1: Climate Science & Technology

(Module 4 - Base Station & Weather Proofing)

Students will complete their Weather Station from the Maker Level and construct a wireless indoor base station to instantly monitor conditions.  Assemble an enclosure to keep sensors protected from the elements.  A propeller latch on the bottom lets you have access to the whole project without disassembling it.

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Two Arduino Messaging System (Hardware vs Software)
  • TCP
  • UDP
  • UDP+
  • Full Two Arduino Messaging Code
  • Assembling the Enclosure
  • Assembling the Sensor Mount
  • Installing Sensors
  • Wireless Robot Friend

Kit #2: Smart Home Technology

(WiFi Light Switch)

The best smart home devices can raise your home’s IQ from security cameras, WiFi locks, to cutting-edge light bulbs. This STEM kit teaches students how to build a WiFi-controlled light switch so they can control the lights in their home from a phone, tablet, or computer. The project uses a small service and an electronic stability program (ESP) to give students a wireless remote control of their lights from anywhere in their home. There are many other uses for this project and our team has included a few ideas in the lessons. 

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: RGB Video Game Controller & Design Concepts

Game play is a thoroughly social phenomenon; the clearest examples are multiplayer online games where thousands of players are online simultaneously at any given time – participating in virtual worlds with their own economies, political systems, and cultures. This project gives us a glimpse into the world of video games by teaching students how to assemble, program, and use an RGB Matrix Arcade kit. Students will learn how to program classic games like Pong, Snake, and others. Once students complete this project, they’ll learn how to program this controller to video game consoles such as Xbox, Sony Playstation, and Nintendo.

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Electrical & Mechanical assembly
  • System breakdown
  • Block diagrams
  • Hardware checkpoints
  • Software
  • USB emulation

Kit #4: Arduino MIDI Controller Piano

Have a favorite song? or DJ? Ever wonder how music artists come up with those cool, catchy tunes? This project will guide students through soldering, assembling, and programming the Arduino MIDI Controller kit – a cool, fun synthesizer that can play a variety of sounds. MIDI stands for Music Instrument Digital Interface – it is a technical standard or protocol used for a variety of electronic musical instruments; it is found in most keyboards. The end result will allow students to play general sounds on your computer. Students will also be able to create their own sounds, too!  

Topics Covered in this Kit:

  • Shield assembly
  • Force sensor assembly
  • Code
  • Windows software setup / Mac software setup
  • Piano code troubleshooting
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NOTE: This project is considered advanced and requires the use of a soldering iron.