Lesson 2 – Smart Car Setup & Operation

 

Tutorial –

  1. Your next tutorial of this series is going to be, “Smart Car Setup & Operation”
  2. Check out the videos above to get started with assembly of your Smart Car STEM Education robot.
  3. Here’s some additional videos if you’ve got the time –
    1. Programming the Smart car STEM Education robot – Video1
    2. Connecting the Smart Car STEM Education robot to a Bluetooth device – Video1 | Video2
  4. Let’s get making!!!! Clicking on the link opens up a new window.
  5. You will need a Smart Car STEM Education Robot. You can pick one up from OzToyLib including a BBC micro:bit.

Let’s get making!!!!


Prerequisites –

  1. BBC micro:bit –
    1. This development track makes extensive use of the BBC micro:bit.
    2. If you haven’t purchased a BBC micro:bit yet you might want to head over to OzToyLib and pick one up now.
    3. We would recommend that you pick up the BBC micro:bit kit which comes with a battery pack, usb cable and the real micro:bit.
    4. We will be using the official online python editor to write code for all our tutorials. No investment required here.
  2. Smart Car STEM Education Robot Kit –
    1. You will need a Smart Car STEM Education Robot. You can pick one up from OzToyLib.
    2. Please note that the BBC micro:bit needs to be purchased separately from the Smart Car STEM Education Robot.
    3. You can purchase the Smart Car STEM Education Robot at OzToyLib.
  3. You can also look up each of these products at your local electronics hobby store.

About the Smart Car STEM Education Robot –

The micro:bit Smart Car STEM Education Robot offers educators, parents and kids a great opportunity to build on their existing coding skills and take the knowledge of coding, robotics and electronics to a higher level. If you are just starting with coding and robotics then you might want to program the micro:bit Smart Car STEM Education Robot using the BBC micro:bit Makecode Block based programming language. If you are an experienced developer and have some prior experience working with electronics, robotics then you can program the robot using Javascript or even using MicroPython. The micro:bit Smart Car STEM Education Robot is recommended for kids 8+ years and older.

The micro:bit Smart Car STEM Education Robot is really easy to assemble and can be put together in less than 30 minutes. You can use the micro:bit Smart Car STEM Education Robot to introduce you child to the world of STEM and get them going with coding introducing them to the world of robotics using the micro:bit. The micro:bit Smart Car STEM Education Robot is a great way to get started with the basics of coding and robotics using a flexible, affordable and easy to work with robotic platform.


About BBC micro:bit –

The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Micro Bit, stylised as micro:bit) is an ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. The board is 4 cm × 5 cm and has an ARM Cortex-M0 processor, accelerometer and magnetometer sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons, and can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. The device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that are part of the 23-pin edge connector at the bottom of the board. The micro:bit can be programmed using the Microsoft Block code program editor which is similar to the block based language Scratch ideal for 7-12 year olds. The micro:bit can also be programmed using the Makecode editor in Javascript and Python which allows for older kids to learn the Javascript and Python programming language using the micro:bit.

This development track makes extensive use of the BBC micro:bit. If you haven’t purchased a BBC micro:bit yet you might want to head over to OzToyLib and pick one up now.

You can read more about the BBC micro:bit at the microbit website. Also see Kitronik’s resources here – Parents Complete Guide To The BBC micro:bit.

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