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Electronic classes

The objective is to teach basic concepts of electronics to kids, learning physical computing in a fun informal way.

  • Understand basic electronic components (e.g. a resistor, capacitor, diode, ..)
    • Distinguish between active and passive components and components polarity
  • Understand how to read a basic electronic circuit diagram
  • Creating basic circuits virtually using software tools
  • Build circuits in teams using a breadboard, jumper cables and a variety of components
  • Understanding voltage / current / resistance and their unit of measurement

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  • Learn about microcontrollers (Arduino)
  • Learn to program an Arduino
    • Use "sketch" to create programs
    • Perform various hands on experiments using an Arduino
  • Create various projects using Arduino (following Dojo projects)
  • Conduct various mini projects throughout the year (2-3 weeks)
  • Introduce the Raspberry Pi
    • Adventure through the world of physical computing with a Pi!
  • Attendees can work towards coming up with own project ideas and/or collaborate and build a project as a team. Their project could then be entered into the annual Coder Dojo Coolest projects competition!


  • It is recommended that the course be undertaken by children 12 years and older
  • It is assumed kids will have previously attended Scratch/Web CoderDojo sessions
  • Children who attend should have a willingness to learn and have fun :-)


Various hands on labs will be conducted throughout the year including:

  • Use "Hot wires" snap circuits to build circuits
  • Take apart a computer - understand various internal parts
  • Bringing in old toys with motors
  • Create circuits
  • Tinkercad to create online circuits
  • Learn about Microcontrollers using arduino labs (Dojo sushis)
    • Blinking LED
    • Traffic Lights
    • Temperature Sensors
    • Ultrasonic Range Sensor
    • LCDs
    • Motors
  • Raspberry Pi introduction

Group Projects

  • Kids can enter Coolest Project
  • Kids break up into groups come up with ideas for projects themselves. Alternatively perhaps mentors can assist / suggest project ideas.
  • Some assistance from parents or the club may be required if the team want to use equipment which we don't currently have in stock
  • If the kids want to build something themselves, they can bring their ideas. Mentors will assist.

References / Resources

House rules

  • Kids need to register their intention to join the group each week
  • No food or drink permitted in the electronics lab
  • Please be careful with the equipment you use - it the property of AIT or a volunteer
  • Leave the venue in the same condition you found it in
  • Tidy up and shutdown workstations when the session is over
  • Be cool to your peers!
  • Get to know the people in your group and HAVE FUN !

What to bring

  • Kids are welcome to bring along their own electronics kits, if they have them.
    • Breadboard, Resistors, LEDs
    • Arduino , Raspberry Pi
  • Mentors will offer recommendations on kits to purchase if parents wish to consider this.
  • The group mentors have a limited supply of electronic equipment which the group can use / share
  • For those kids who bring their own kits, they take responsibility for looking after their own equipment.

Other things to note

  • If a quota of volunteers are not available in any particular week the course may not run or will run in a limited capacity
  • At least two mentors must be available for a weekly session proceed. A single mentor cannot take a whole class in a classroom by themselves for safety reasons.
  • All mentors are garda vetted.
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