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 Island of PodPi replaces common step by step instructions with storytelling, discoveries, challenges with 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. Students can learn at their own pace, but following the comic books, or working in pairs.
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 we have seen the more advanced kids take initiative in helping other students in the same classroom.
Our curriculum is currently composed of 13 distinct modules. Each module focuses on a specific topic and comes with all the components and lesson books necessary to learn the topics. Each book is packed with 3-6 hours of content (time depending on the students). Our student boxes include a set of 2 books.
In the classroom
(Camps or after school elective programs). This video was taken on a Friday afternoon after more than 25 hours of PodPi training. After an entire week, the kids are still very engaged and challenged. Notice the balance between the screen activities and the hands-on ones.
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.
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.
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.
However, our curriculum will be available on iBooks in 2017.
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 email@example.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