Learn by reading and doing

The Island of PodPi is a series of adventures where each module introduces your child to a new concept and new electronics components.  You can purchase each module separately or lesson books only.  Some of the lessons do build on each other over time.  Enroll in our subscription to get all the kits in the proper sequence.

"A great balance between screen time and hands-on"

 

What's inside the box?

A comic/adventure style lesson book, real components, 3-6 hours of projects and hands-on lessons.

 

A complete curriculum - from the resistor to the cloud (IoT)

3rd edition - Released December 2016, 44 color pages

3rd edition - Released December 2016, 44 color pages

0. GET STARTED! (3rd edition)

Follow Jake and Zoe as they discover a mysterious chest filled with treasure boxes.  They open the first one and discover the adventures of PodPi with Captain Arghuino.  The box contains an Arduino board and everything needed to build your first set of LED circuits.  Follow along and setup your computer to learn electronics and coding using JavaScript.  Take the first step in learning something fun!


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Released August 2017, 40 color pages

Released August 2017, 40 color pages

12. THE LIGHTHOUSE

(Edition on infrared and programming ATtiny microcontrollers)

Meet Redd, the guardian of the lighthouse.  She needs to replace the controls that power the lighthouse and is looking for your help in programming the ATTiny Microcontrollers by Microchip.  By using infrared LEDs and receivers, she will be able to upgrade the tower to communicate with other ships visiting the island.

Meet a surprise guest at the end of the volume and be ready to sail to a new island....

 

"This is my favorite volume of the series and also the most complex one.  This volume will challenge your kids from the beginning to the end."

Stephane Come - PodPi Creator


Released June 2017, 36 color pages

Released June 2017, 36 color pages

11. TO THE CLOUD

(Special IoT edition)

Misty takes her gardening skills to the next level by monitoring her garden using various sensors.  This kit comes with a NodeMCU WiFi enabled micro-controller that connects to the cloud to send sensor data and analyze it in real time (Similar to the Adafruit Feather).  Actions like tweets and emails can be triggered.  36 pages, high-quality color magazine and all the components to learn how to send data to the cloud.

Released June 2nd 2017


Released: March 2017, 32 color pages

Released: March 2017, 32 color pages

10. THE LOST CRYSTALS

Follow Volta as he discovers some strange liquid crystal in a cave.  Learn how to activate and control Liquid Crystal Screens (LCD) and make a couple of game controllers with the components in the box.  Learn about new JavaScript functions and change to code to make your own set of games.  32 pages, high-quality color magazine and all the components.


Released January 2017, 32 color pages

Released January 2017, 32 color pages

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9. IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Follow Servo through a time warp and meet Leonardo DaVinci.  Discover his amazing inventions and make your own using the 3 servos in the box.  Learn about about the JavaScript timing function (interval and timeout), 3D printers and more.  Make a clock using the 3 servo motors and the box itself.


Released November 2016, 32 color pages

Released November 2016, 32 color pages

8. SOLAR POWER

Help Captain Arghuino power his ship using the Sun.  Learn all about solar panels, how they work and how much power they can produce.  Connect the solar panel from the box to your Arduino and measure its voltage.  Build your own Solar Charger.  This edition is a partnership with Brown Dog Gadgets and includes their popular Solar Charger (a $40 value).


Released October 2016, 32 color pages

Released October 2016, 32 color pages

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7. RGB NIGHT LIGHT

Reggie has been having some nightmares and not sleeping well.  Join the Pods and make a nightlight for Reggie.  Program the lamp with various colors and patterns.  Learn all about transistors and make some fun experiments (a High-Five sensor and a water level).


Released September 2016, 32 color pages

Released September 2016, 32 color pages

6. PAPER CIRCUITS

Meet Scrib, the magical Pod Peep.  This special edition features the popular KickStarter company Electroninks.com with their CircuitScribe pen.  Learn how to make paper circuits with the mini pen included in the kit and all other components.  Follow the new Pods, Scrib and Buzz through their adventures.