Do you have an imaginative child who does not want to actually solder circuits but would love the opportunity to tinker with them? Let's Start Coding Base Kit, designed by parents, educators, and engineers, gives your creative child a chance to experience hands-on coding. Using the same code language used at NASA, Let's Start Coding teaches C++ coding through 50 kid-friendly projects. With a computer and Let's Start Coding, kids learn how computer programming can control physical objects. And they get immediate feedback by plugging in and coding the LED lights and speaker. Parents who are new to coding will be grateful that each project incorporates an online video. It will take your child through the code line by line, clearly explaining the concepts at work. Students with no prior experience will learn how to edit, compile, and execute code with Let's Start Coding.
Plan to execute one to two projects a week to complete this kit in the school year.
Base 2 contains 12 electronic components that will get kids 8-12 started coding in no time. Combine LEDs, a speaker, buttons, turn knob, and programmable microcontroller to create over 50 projects that use real, typed code!
Using the free software for Windows, Mac, or Chromebook desktops or laptops (no tablets or phones), coders can complete the following projects:
Blink an LED
Play Tones on a Speaker
Hold Button for LED Light
Cycle LED Color with Button
Four Note Piano
Four Note Piano with LED synchronized
Random Tone Generator
SPECS & DETAILS
Coding in the C++ (see-plus-plus) coding language
Microcontroller is ATMEGA 328P, like the Arduino Uno board
Software is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 and Mac OSX 10.9 and above, plus Chromebooks
Software requires internet connection to code
No batteries are required - the board is powered by the USB port
What's in the box:
Maker Board 2 microcontroller
Two multicolor LED lights
One red, one green, and one blue single color LED lights
Retractable USB cable
Reference cards for each component and common code concepts such as loops, functions, syntax, and 'if' statements.
Manufacturer's Information Manufacturer: Let's Start Coding Age Recommendation: 8+ Grade Recommendation: 4th+ Faith-Based: No Consumable: No Lessons/Projects: 50+ Size: 8.25" x 4" x 2.25" Copyright: 2019 Made in: China
Awards and Endorsements from:
Tillywig Toy Awards - Top Fun Winner
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
review by Mama Smiles
”The kit comes with a range of directed activities, and there are enough components for children to experiment quite a bit on their own once they understand the basics.”
”We are doing Let's Start Coding Base Kit 2 in today's video. There was a slight learning curve for both Brylee and me at the beginning but once we figured it out it was so much fun. This will be such a fun STEM activity to add to our school year this fall.”
”What makes this Base Kit a unique homeschool computer science curriculum is the variety of components included. You get to customize your maker board during each lesson. The kit includes a maker board and a variety of components that plug into the maker board to do different things. The components include a variety of lights, buttons, turn knob and speaker.”
”This program is designed very similarly to real-world coding programs. This can be very beneficial to kids interested in tech. It will make the transition from a kids coding program to a professional coding program much easier.”
”This kit actually offers quite a lot. The Timberdoodle curriculum kit that it is included with is for fifth grade. I think for a 5th grader you may have to guide a little more than I did but it is pretty self-directed. My senior in high school chose to be right in there with my 8th grader because both boys found it fascinating.”