We have tailored guides on series circuits and basic switches, but that’s not even close to the limit of what you can learn and teach with Chibitronics.
The Classroom Pack comes with all the components an educator would need to teach a class of 30 students several projects each. It will assist educators in engaging students with basic concepts of electricity using Chibitronics gear. Furthermore, they can be encouraged to modify their templates to demonstrate an understanding of these principles. Troubleshooting/debugging guidance, reflective questioning prompts, and entire lesson plans come free with this classroom pack.
NB: This pack does not come with coin-cell batteries.
Lesson Plans, for free?
Chibitronics has provided a bunch of classroom guides that can be downloaded free for use with your Classroom pack. From introducing concepts like conductive copper tape all the way through to programming microcontrollers using Chibitronics hardware, the lesson plans have already been written for educators to use.
The free guides available from Chibitronics provide comprehensive information on the following:
- A recommended Stage/Age Level for the lessons
- Suggested duration/specific time requirements per lesson.
- A brief summary into what the student will learn throughout the course of each lesson and how students will be engaged.
- The Learning Goals give educators a clear list of electronics concepts a student will take away from completing the lessons.
- Key Concepts gives the educator a broken-down description of each concept they will be teaching.
- Materials and Resources includes a list of materials the educator will need per student as well as brief safety instructions for all components required.
- Lesson Plan focuses on how the lesson should be conducted, start to finish. Inquiry questions are included as part of the lesson plan, encouraging students to question why and how things are working. In some cases, these sections are broken into multiple lessons.
- Creative prompts spark artistic thinking and Chibitronics has provided some simple activities to engage a students’ artistic flair.
- The wrap-up section gives students reflective questioning prompts to engage them in the critical thinking behind STEM learning.
- The Alignment to Curriculum section is completed to American learning standards so it won’t be helpful to Australian educators.
Chibitronics is engaging to students and it’s easy to learn for teachers. The guides complement the hardware simplicity with clear instruction written for educators to teach electronic concepts. The proof of concept behind bringing Chibitronics to the classroom is clear.
We were curious to see how this could integrate into Australian schools so we took a good look at sample STEM units of work from the Board of Studies NSW website. We compared them alongside the Chibitronics Classroom Guides and found that the quality of the Chibi-guides was a near perfect match for integration into Australian STEM lessons. The only work required would be aligning the content to the curriculum, which we assume isn’t too difficult at all.
If you are an educator looking to learn more about Chibitronics or someone particularly passionate about STEM learning in Australia help us start the discussion below and spread the word of Chibitronics.