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Secondary Science & Computing @home from XinaBox


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Take curious minds without any prior hardware or programming experience and quickly enable them to create and invent their own digital devices and products using easy to assemble, wire free, solderless electronic modules called xChips.

The Introduction to Physical Computing and The Internet of Things (IoT) course puts all the info you need into a fun package that is tried and tested in classrooms and works just as well in a home based environment.  

The XinaBox XK42 Kit in tailored to deliver the course and is available from the dendrite.store The modular kit components can be resued across multiple experiments and projects in the future.

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XinaBox kits contain "xChips",  which include programmable cores/CPUs, sensors, power, communication, output, and storage. xChips can be clipped together using a connectivity standard without wires, soldering or breadboards: no hardware knowledge is required to build digital instruments with XinaBox.

 

Features of the course:

  • 10 lessons over 2 modules.
  • Each lesson includes up to 10 extension activities for advanced students and home study.
  • Links to videos, background materials and additional reading is available for each lesson.
  • 5 cross-curriculum experiments that can be conducted using the hardware and skills.
  • Lessons are suitable for middle and high school students (aged 11+).
  • First learn how to build then use digital instruments then later how to code them.
  • Learn the basics of data science and how to undertake environmental monitoring.
  • Basics of coding are covered from the perspective of software development and the course is designed to ensure students with little interest or aptitude for coding can be successful.

 

Course content:

  • Module 1: Using digital instruments
  • Module 2: Coding digital instruments
  • Experiments
  • Educator Training

 

What pre-knowledge do learners need?

  • To work through Module 1 NO prior knowledge of electronic hardware or programming is required, and students from ages 11+ can learn a lot from these lessons.
  • Some spreadsheet prior knowledge is required: students will need to have used Excel (or an equivalent) at a beginner level. In each lesson prior knowledge requirements are itemised in detail.