Hello, I hope I can get some advice.
I received a grant for $2000 to purchase a set of arduinos for my physics classes. I teach high school physics (Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS, USA) and wanted to spent some time having students investigate arduinos. I plan on starting the school year with a unit on electricity (current, voltage, series, parallel circuits, DC, etc.), then some basic electronics, and then we would spend time with the arduinos (maybe 4 weeks of the semester).
However, I do not know anything about arduinos, etc. This would be my first year.
Several questions: (1) Is the CTC program still available? I could only purchase one box with the $2000 and I plan on sharing the equipment among three separate classes. Would this be okay?
(2) or would it be better to buy a la carte, kits with arduinos and sensors? If this is a better option for my $2000 grant money, would exactly would I buy?
(2) In terms of a lesson by lesson curricula: does this exist? For example, are there lessons that step the students what to do? Do they start with the basics? Are there some good books or e-texts?
Can you or someone out there at your company help me answer these questions? Thanks, Alan Gleue Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS 785-550-6870 (I would be happy to take a phone call, too, if someone could contact me.