Code & Grow: a smart garden


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Code & Grow: a smart garden 

We live in a rapidly changing, increasingly connected world. A world that presents intractable environmental threats alongside unimaginable entrepreneurial opportunities. To thrive in this challenging yet optimistic reality, our children need to demonstrate grit, creativity, and critical thinking. They need to know themselves, their connection with the environment, and technology.

We’ve partnered with Fremont LEAF, to create this exclusive green-tech class that teaches you in-demand

  • 21st-century coding skills,
  • electrical engineering, and
  • environmental leadership. 

Program electronics using

Code and build a 
real-world impact project

Make your college application 
stand out 

In this class, you’ll build your very own industry-grade, solar-powered, hydroponic smart garden. We’ll start with the very basics of Arduino coding, walk you through circuit design, software development, and building gadgets using the Arduino platform. We’ll then shift focus to electrical engineering where you’ll build a commercial-grade, standalone solar generator. You’ll apply design thinking principles to bring it all together into custom-built smart hydroponic herb garden designed by you! Finally, we’ll work individually with each of you to develop a college-ready project portfolio showcasing your skills. All along, you will work with mentors from Stanford University, gardener extraordinaire from Fremont LEAF, and local environmental leaders. We’ll provide you with all the materials, boards, and sensors to help you create your very own smart garden.

This is an ideal class for tech-savvy young leaders who care about the planet and want to use technology for good. 

Topics include: 

  • Arduino Programming
  • Fundamentals of electrical engineering
  • Fundamentals of computer programming
  • Fritzing circuit design software
  • Serial communications
  • Digital vs. Analog
  • Design Thinking
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Building with PVC
  • Woodworking
  • Project Management
  • Hydroponics
  • Grow your own food 

Tuition includes:

  • All project materials, components, and technology unless explicitly specified in the FAQ section below
  • Student achievement report
  • Personalized feedback
  • Certificate of Completion 
  • Take home Arduino kit
  • Online student project profile to share with friends, family, and colleges
  • Garden tours, honey tasting, fruit picking and tasting


Get personalized attention

Our instructors are industry-experts with extensive teaching experience

Project-based learning

Learn by doing. Apply skills to solve real-world problems

College-ready portfolio

Share your success with friends, family, and colleges


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Who should take this class? 
This introductory class is designed for students entering 8th grade or above. Prior programming experience is not required. We will start right at the beginning, so even if you've never programmed before or never seen a line of code, you won't be left behind.

How many students will be in my child's class?
Our maximum student-to-staff ratio is 8:1. This allows us to individualize, customize and offer plenty of personalized, one-on-one time for each student. Our instructors include industry professionals and technology educators who have a genuine passion for technology and a demonstrated skill for teaching and inspiring young learners.

What equipment is required?
Students are required to bring their own Mac OS or Windows-based laptop. We support one of the following two configurations:

  1. Mac: Intel chipset based Macs with OS X 10.9+
  2. Windows: Intel Core2 Duo processor, Windows 10 or newer, 4GB+ of RAM

Chromebooks are not supported in this class. Code Hobbits is not held liable for lost or damaged items. Please make sure your computer is functioning perfectly. We will not be responsible for missed instruction because of a faulty student-provided laptop.

Will there be homework?
There will be optional homework for students who wish to reinforce what they learnt in class. Typically each homework assignment takes 30-60 min to complete. Since all homework is optional, instructors do not expect any homework submissions in class. If students have questions about their work, they are encouraged to ask questions during class. 

What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancels at least 30 days prior to class, you will only lose the non-refundable deposit of $100. If you cancel within 30 days of class, you forfeit the entire class fee.