Robotics: Learn by Building module 1: Electricity and Electronics online course only


Learn robotics by actually building robots.  Start with learning analog electronics by building electronic circuits

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In this module I course, you will:

  • build electronic circuits
  • actually make some electronic components from scratch
  • learn about electricity
  • practice soldering skills
  • learn basic analog electronics.

You’ll need some basic math skills and that’s it! No prior knowledge of electricity or electronics is required, and yet by the end of this course you’ll have built:

  • functioning electronic circuits like
    • light flashers
    • sound effects
    • the roboticist’s best friend: the servo motor which is a motor that turns to a specific direction at your command.

All courses have open captions for the hearing impaired.

If you do not already have electronics parts and breadboard, you should consider buying the bundle package of the analog electronics kit along with this course.  You can get the bundle package here:

Kit + Robotics Course Part 1

Bundle package: Analog Electronics kit & Robotics: learn by building, part 1: Electricity and Electronics

This course is the prerequisite for the module II course. Part II is Digital Electronics, in which  you will work with a computer-on-a-chip and hook that computer up to the real world.

In module III you’ll learn crucial physics and robotic drive systems (really a subset of physics), as well as the construction methods for building, say, a submarine robot.

In module IV, you’ll venture into prototyping and culminate all you’ve learned as you build a 3D printer from scratch, hook it up to a desktop computer and make your own plastic parts.  The 3D printer is, in effect, a robot which you can then use to make parts for your other robot designs. The 3D printer also uses a computer controlled rack so you could also potentially use it as a laser cutter or a milling machine and make parts out of other materials like metal.

Get the pre-sale price for this course if you purchase before midnight eastern time, January 1st, 2016!


Buy the course once and allow all of your children to participate. However, some of the parts in the electronic parts kit are consumables, and since this is a learn-by-doing course, typically some parts may get ruined.

Depending on what the first student does with the parts and what they build, you might consider purchasing a separate Analog electronics kit for each child, as one focus of the course is how to recycle electronics to obtain your own parts for cheap or free.  Extras are available on the Products page.


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