I wish with the Pico was that it would have a few sensors on it
There should be course on using Fritzing and AISLER or PCBway. Honestly, there is no need to encumber the Pico with on-board sensors a la Nano 33 because pleasing even a small audience will lead to unnecessary noise that will detract us. Of course, the cynic would criticize me and state that I’ve left out Blender (for modeling the enclosure cases) and Thingiverse for 3D printing.
The natural progression from 3-DOF to 9-DOF with accelerometers, magnetometers and eventually GPS can be a tutorial. So, just for the sake of this thread, what should be a good starting sensor on board the Pico for this purpose? (Shenzhen is offering uBlox GPS for $8).
The Pico is available for $1.99 at a local bricks-n-mortar store. Pimoroni wants $10 for a Pico with headers installed. From a teaching perspective, asking students to solder headers is like expecting a car driver to start with standard stick shift training. Some of these companies do a fantastic job in promoting end-user development and I am glad that the Raspberry Pi Foundation is leveraging this expertise of these companies for Pico hardware extensions/options but overloading the Pico with sensors will shackle Pico.
One final thought: I replaced two ESP8266 NodeMCU setup with two Pico boards to drive two WS281x strip LEDs. Ignoring the cost (and the fact that the Pico came with the equivalent tutorial guide illustrating the WS2812 interface), now I have a better understanding on timing the LED strips instead of relying on the versatile FastLED library. In other words, both ends of spectrum are equally important for training purposes - development and deployment.