Comic Books and Components

The Island of PodPi is a series of adventures where each module introduces your kid to a new concept and new electronics components.  You can purchase each module separately or each lesson books only.  However, some of the lessons build on each other over time.

 
 
Released December 2016, 44 color pages

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 and Captain Arghuino.  The box contains an Arghuino board and everything needed to build the first set of circuits.  Follow along as they setup their computer and learn electronics and coding in JavaScript.


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 feature the popular KickStarter company Electroninks.com with their CircuitScribe pen.  Learn how to make paper circuit with the mini pen included in the box and other components.  Follow the new Pods, Scrib and Buzz through their adventures.


Released August 2016, 32 color pages

Released August 2016, 32 color pages

5. MEASURE UP!

What are resistors?  How are they made?  Why do we need them?  Follow Ohmie and help him make resistors, measure them and learn all about electricity with Volta.  The box includes a series of resistors and a mini voltmeter.  Discover and experiment with the Pods.


Released July 2016, 32 color pages

Released July 2016, 32 color pages

4. THE BIG REVEAL

Who said binary isn't fun?  Meet Binny, the binary Pod and follow him on this adventures in learning binary.  Binny and his dry sense of humor will teach you to count in binary and explain how Integrated Circuits work.  The box comes with a custom binary card game and a binary counter circuit.


Released June 2016, 32 color pages

Released June 2016, 32 color pages

3. THE BOOK OF JUGGLING

Meet matrix, the LED juggler.  Matrix will teach you how to control up to 64 LEDs in her amazing 8x8 matrix device.  Learn the basics of the I2C protocol, make your own patterns and animated them.  You will make an electronic flip book with your own animations.


Released May 2016, 32 color pages

Released May 2016, 32 color pages

2. IT'S PARTY TIME AT THE BEACH

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The Pod Peeps want to celebrate your arrival on the island and are putting on a firework show, but need your help.  Follow them and take the four challenges using the skills your learned in the last two books.  Control up to three RGB LEDs using buttons, potentiometers and light sensors.


Released April 2016, revised January 2017, 36 color pages

Released April 2016, revised January 2017, 36 color pages

1. WELCOME TO THE ISLAND

You are almost there!  Meet Ohmie and learn about potentiometers.  Meet Lumina and work with light sensors.  Meet Celsius and measure temperature.  Finally, meet Servo and his motor.  This volume will take you the the Island of PodPi where you will begin your adventures.


Released March 2016, 24 color pages

Released March 2016, 24 color pages

0. GET STARTED (2nd Edition)

The adventures in learning JavaScript and electronics begins!  Receive your own custom Arghuino board (Arduino UNO R3 compatible) and a set of basic components.  This volume will take you through the steps of setting up your computer for the lessons and getting started with the components.