Are you a teacher? Would you like a free set of Arduboys for your classroom?
Announcing free Arduboys for Schools!
This is a beta test of a larger program that will roll out on the main site, but I don’t want to wait to build a flashy webpage to start the discussion!
Arduboy has been used in many classrooms around the world, but it’s only been because individual teachers believed in the platform and many of them have build their own resources and invested their own time in producing the curriculum.
Help us build the Arduboy curriculum!
I am not a teacher and to be completely honest I was a pretty crummy student! This is a call to all teachers out there that can help provide input and help shape an official curriculum that fits perfectly in to a wide range of classrooms.
These lessons can be used as a starting block for the official curriculum. I’m looking to edit and produce some myself but looking for other contributors.
If you can provide feedback on how these lessons could be adapted to something that looks like the other materials teachers are used to seeing, that is probably the most helpful thing at this time!
That is why I’m giving away Arduboys to classrooms as to help seed this development. I need feedback on what works, what doesn’t.
What skills can Arduboy teach my students?
Arduboy is a game development platform based on arduino. Students are able to learn a broad range of concepts from very basic to extremely advanced in multiple topics.
- Coding in C++
- Creative Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Goal Setting
- Communication Skills
- Team Building
- Project Management
Arduboy doesn’t only teach you to code, it teaches you life skills! Learning to create a game is more about critically thinking about problems that you’ve created for yourself. Setting a goal to achieve a result that you’ve set for yourself is a tremendously rewarding way to learn. Play is a natural way that all animals learn by creating an environment for them to try new things without being punished.
Creating a game with others also gives your students the opportunity to communicate complex ideas and problem solve in a group as well as introducing project management concepts as well!
Arduboy available for lectures!
As part of this campaign, I’m making myself available to travel to your school and help you run the entire class as well! I’m not sure how to coordinate this exactly yet, but I am committed to moving my body to where the learning is taking place!
How do I apply for Free Arduboys!?
The process for signing up for this program is started by using the contact form and let me know answers to the following questions:
- What interests you most about running a class with the Arduboy?
- What outcomes do you expect to get from the class?
- Have you taught a programming class before?
- Have you taught game development before?
- In essay form, minimum 2 paragraphs, 200 words or more, How would you use Arduboy in your classroom?
That link again is here: www.arduboy.com/contact
Do I qualify as a teacher?
This program is available to educators both in and outside of the public school system. Private schools are of course welcome. After school and advanced placement courses are welcome to apply. Universities, of course! Science museums or DIY hobbiest fairs? Sure! Makerspaces… maybe!
Basically, as long as there is a classroom or workshop type environment where one person is leading multiple people through a curriculum and the students are expecting to learn something as a result, then let me know!
Arduboy around the world!
This program is available to anyone in the world! Especially in areas that are developing or otherwise disadvantaged educationally! It might make the travel more difficult, but I would still love to come visit your classroom!
Ideally we need translations of the curriculum too, if you are able to help with that please contact me as well!
Thank you and give me your feedback!
Please comment below if you have any suggestions or ideas you would like to share about this campaign. I’m very excited to launch this new chapter of Arduboys future!