Welcome!

The entire PodPi team would like to thank you for your work in educating our young minds.  They are our future and you are the voice that leads them forward.

The following quote was from one of our recent Computer Science student completing a software developer internship.  It is a powerful statement and the foundation upon which the Island of PodPi is built.

This was the best experience, but I realize that my school is not preparing me for this job.

The Island of PodPi replaces common step by step instructions with story telling, literacy, discoveries, comic characters, hints and real life contexts.  We leave much room for the students imagination to fill the gaps in our instructions and let them figure things out as they learn.  Each character has been carefully designed with unique skills, personalities and traits that children can identify with.  While on the surface we teach electronics and JavaScript programming, our ultimate goal is to boost curiosity, confidence, problem solving and promote collaboration amongst students.  These are all skills our next economy is based on as our kids enter a global market competing with more and more people around the world.

We are pleased to present the complete PodPi curriculum.  This program in a box is ready for a classroom setting, elective classes or after-school program.  By pairing students in small groups (2 or 3), each child can work on either software or hardware.  This environment promotes teamwork, collaboration, collective thinking and problem solving.  It also promotes leadership where more advanced kids are helping other students in the same classroom.

Our curriculum is currently composed of 12 distinct modules and lessons.  Each box focuses on a specific topic and contains all the components and books necessary to learn the various topics with 3-6 hours of content.  Our student boxes include a set of 2 or 3 books based on your choice.

In the classroom

(Camps or after school elective programs)

Team building and collaboration

PodPi encourages team building by pairing students on all hands-on activities.  Students can divide the tasks between software and hardware.  Tu curriculum approaches each problem with a story line instead of step by step procedures, leaving some details and instructions in the story line.  This setup promotes problem solving by individuals or team.

 

In the News

GoodDay Sacramento with us at the HackerLab where it all began.

GoodDay Sacramento with us at the HackerLab where it all began.


PodPi partners with Microsoft for their DigiGirlz event in teaching coding and engineering.


PodPi Makes STEM Education exciting!

By Mark Gibbs - Network World


Read about PodPi from Coding Heroes' teacher Richard Campbell.


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Lesson Plans?

We are currently working on a teacher handbook to help you structure your lessons and provide additional information not in contained the lesson books.  Our lessons are designed around a story that takes the students through a series of adventures with 28 different characters.  Each character relates to a specific topic or concept to learn.  Each lesson book contains stories, lessons, facts and challenges.

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Digital or Paper?

We have observed that our students learn and retain more when using our printed lesson books.  We design the lessons in order for them to to spend 1/3 of the time coding, 1/3 working on the hardware and the remaining time reading the stories, the facts and decoding the challenges.

Our curriculum will be available on the iBooks in early 2017.

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Budget?

Learning and working together is more effective.  All our classroom kits are designed for 2 students (1 set of components and 2 lesson books per module or box).  Each module contains 3-6 hours of content depending on the age group and how the class is structured.  Each module is priced at $39 for 2 students and includes books and components.  Contact us at pi@podpi.com for more information or if you have any questions.

But... What is Arduino?

Arduino is an Open Source platform to learn robotics and coding.  Arduino can be used to capture sensor data and trigger some action like driving a motor, flashing LEDs, and much more.

Thank you for making us a part of your students' future success.

The entire PodPi team