Robocar
INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the world of competitive robotics! Today you'll construct your own robot car that can drive around your house.

The kit includes a distance sensor that can detect obstacles and tell your car to turn or stop. With Robocar, you'll know what it takes to drive a robot along a path, and try to get the same results as people in robotics competitions.
Introduction
Welcome to the world of competitive robotics! Today you'll construct your own robot car that can drive around your house.

The kit includes a distance sensor that can detect obstacles and tell your car to turn or stop. With Robocar, you'll know what it takes to drive a robot along a path, and try to get the same results as people in robotics competitions.
Breakout board for Micro:bit
Continuous servo motors
Ultrasonic distance sensor
Circuit board
4 AA battery holder
2 AAA battery holder
M4 nuts & bolts
Connection wires
Batteries
Stickers
Temporary tattoos
WHAT IS INSIDE?
Cardboard cutout
Assembly guide
Coding guide
Electronics
Decoration kit
Assembling the Robocar
As always, find the assembly instructions inside your box. Pay close attention to how the wires should be connected!
Make it unique!
Use the included decoration kit to really liven up your car
Paint it in your favourite colors
When your car is assembled, connect it to your computer and download the program. You can get the program by clicking the button below.
When your car is assembled, connect it to your computer and download the program. You can get the program by clicking the button below.
Are you done already? Then switch your car on and see what it can do!
How to Use the Robocar
Turn the device on by toggling the switch on the back:
Distance sensor
Display and buttons
Power switch
When it is first turned on, your Robocar is paused and doesn't move. Press one of the buttons to enable one of the following modes:
A-BUTTON:
EVASION MODE
Your car will proceed carefully while trying to avoid any obstacles in its way.
A-BUTTON:
HUNT MODE
Your car will actively search for any obstacle and deliberately hit it.
Coding
Let's try some coding!
You will also have to find the coding instructions provided in the box. You will find these very helpful!
Let's try some coding!
You will also have to find the coding instructions provided in the box. You will find these very helpful!
Coding - Easy
Coding - Advanced
Coding - Hardest
Coding - Easy
First, let's make the car follow a simple path:
1.
Look at the three code sequences and try to guess what shape the path of your car will take when each is downloaded.
2.
Then, open your Robocar project in MakeCode and add any of those codes there. You'll find the new blocks in the 'functions' category.
3.
Download the code to the Micro:bit. Were your guesses correct?
If you are not sure how to assemble these codes, watch this video tutorial!
Coding - Advanced
Learn to measure distance with an ultrasonic range sensor:
1.
Create a new project.
2.
Download the Sonar extension. More info on how to do this is in the coding instruction.
3.
Assemble one of the code sequences to show the measured distance with your Micro:bit, then download your program and check it.
4.
Also, you can now go to the Robocar project and upgrade it so your Robocar displays the distance to obstacles it sees in your preferred way.
Watch this video tutorial to see how to download the Sonar extension and assemble this code!
Coding - Hardest
Build and complete an obstacle course for your Robocar:
1.
Open the Robocar project and write your own code to guide it through the course. Remember there are new blocks that will help you. You can find them in the 'functions' category.
2.
Download the code to the Micro:bit and test it.
3.
Compete with your friends: whose car will be the first to cross the finish line? Whose car hit fewer obstacles along the way?
Completed all the tasks? Wonderful! Now you have a robot that is smart enough to drive! Amaze your friends!