Anyone can become an inventor
with Awesome Shield.
Our learning kit has taught 400+ people to code & build projects with Arduino. Our Kickstarter campaign is now live.
Awesome Shield teaches kids to code. It's based on the Arduino platform, a simple but powerful computer with unlimited potential. People use Arduino to build everything from tweeting cat-feeders to satellites.
It's hard to get started learning Arduino. Awesome Shield makes it easy. Designed for ages 10-16, people of all ages love Awesome Shield's approach to coding. By combining kid-tested hardware, real code, and step-by-step video series Awesome Shield makes learning to code fun, interdisciplinary, and practical.
Online video series teach programming from the ground up. Code is written in a free desktop app, then sent to Arduino via USB. Arduino follows the instructions written in the code. Awesome Shield snaps on top of Arduino. Together, they bring code to life through light, sensors, and sound. Arduino acts as the brain and the Awesome Shield hardware as the hands, eyes, and mouth.
Chris Palmer is a science nerd through and through and has been teaching for over 14 years. He published microbiology research as an undergrad, worked in biomanufacturing, and fuel cell production R&D for Mercedes-Benz. Chris taught himself to code and build electronics and loves sharing his passion for science and tech through Awesome Shield.
Jon Amar has been working in design for 17 years. From print to digital, UX to product design and video production. Using his diverse skillset, he has helped more than 20 startups grow their businesses and audiences. He’s also Chris’ brother, which is the best.
Sebastian Himberger loves programming and has been a professional developer for over 15 years – working with startups and large international companies alike. He is a full-stack developer with experience building everything from websites, to apps, to servers.
We've also had the generous help of our amazing interns, Amr Moussa & Chandrasen Rajashekar. As well as our amazingly talented friends: Malachi Rempen (video production), Christine Utterberg (PR & Kickstarter strategy), and Brady Allen (interviews).
Awesome Shield began in Berlin in November 2014. The three founders, passionate themselves about Arduino's potential, realized that there are still limited resources for absolute beginners wanting to write their first lines of code. Since then, Awesome Shield has been building hardware prototypes, designing a functional online-learning platform, and creating its first series of videos.
Awesome Shield has already been put into action in Europe. For the past year, it has taught hundreds of people to code through its Meetup group events and took part in the 2015 Maker Faire Rome.
It’s a super easy and low barrier way into the whole Arduino environment.
I think girls have the same passions as boys and they shouldn't be afraid if they like robotics as well.
There isn’t a lot to set up, there isn’t a lot you can get wrong – so you can instantly start coding and seeing results.
I would totally use the Awesome Shield in my workshops… I think the power of the Awesome Shield is to put it into schools, to put it into classrooms – it makes it very easy to teach.
The best toys and the best tools in life have more than one function. I think that Awesome Shield encourages creativity because you can make it your own.
I never asked myself, “would I be able to program”? I thought it would be completely out of my reach. I learned that it’s logical and can be fun. I am very happy to have had this experience and it was thanks to Awesome Shield.
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Demo learning content.
7sec timelapse of us Awesome Shield teaching people to code at Maker Faire Rome 2015.
A simple music instrument – a light-sensor based theramin. Teaches basic music theory with hands-on application.
A lockbox alarm project using lights, sound, and light sensor. Teaches math and advanced coding concepts while building a toy.
Learning with Awesome Shield
The Awesome Shield Learning Kit – must supply your own adorable child.
Video + Code + Hardware = Awesome Shield Learning Kit.
Video tutorials help absolute beginners start coding in no time!
Awesome Shield Hardware + Arduino Uno
Screengrab of our online video-based learning platform, next to Arduino's Open-Source IDE. An IDE is text-editor built for writing code.
Awesome Shield Logos