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.
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.
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.
Our curriculum will be available on the iBooks in early 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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