I am not sure if this is an unusual request, but I need your guidance on using the electric imp to teach kids “something”. The kit in mind is the Wi-Fi Environmental and LED Kit.
Here is why “something”: At one beautiful day I was caught playing with my imp in my landlord’s house – 82y old-- (along with other microcontrollers). That quickly got her interest, and since her great great grandaughter (10-13y) is home schooled, she asked me to show it to her to see if it would pick her interest. I know there are other microcontrollers more kids oriented to leave them up on her own, such as kano (since it is code blocks rather then the real deal), but either because I didn’t have one to show her or simple because imp’s looked cooler (kudos on you folks), she wanted the Imp no matter what. And well, since the goal is to pick her interest to teach something, rather than to force it down her, there you have it. I am your new hired teacher to teach an imp for 10-13y old!
The problem is… I am not a computer engineer, but rather a computer scientist moving on to a PhD on things completely non-related. So, you can expect me to be comfortable on figuring out the software, and getting the imp set-up and running, along with some rudimentary soldering skills if it needs be (not enough to teach), but for sure I do not know well yet how to use a breadboard, what pieces to buy and more important what projects would be the most interesting so I could have her learning something.
I can imagine having her set-up her own imp, learning the basics of the IDE and copying and paste code will be fine, whereas stopping to spend time to teach her to program using Squirrel…may not be that coolest thing and may kill the whole process. So, long story short I am after interesting projects for kids that don’t expect I am a guru on it (albeit willing to learn).
This is where I need guidance in: Projects with electric imp for the kid.
For sure I will be starting with the tails, and have her just copy and paste the code initially (she picked up interest when she saw the code making the imp turn on the LED Tail). And I will go after the weather sensor, but even then I need ideas to break those tutorials on things I will need to do and those which she can learn.
She was really interested when I plugged the imp on a breadboard I had for something else, but I don’t think I have the parts for the starting guide of the electric imp. I also don’t intend to buy many parts to it since I won’t be the one paying for her, but if you would be kind enough to tell me url’s where I could buy the pieces (I think it is an LED and a 330Ohn resistor) and wires, I think that would be helpful to get she started on thinking a bit beyond the imp itself too. Other projects as follow-up would be of course well welcomed.
Do you have any suggestions? If this is successful I promise I will post tutorials around since I am an advocate to have kids learn to program (which may not happen anytime soon here! we will see)