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In How To Train Your Robot, students will use a visual programming language (Ardublocks) to interact with a cute Arduino based robot (Sparki).
What you Should Know
The robot is powered by AA batteries in a hidden compartment on its rear. You can upload and test code without these batteries, but they are needed to power the wheels and make it move.
The software used in the challenge is called Sparkiduino, not to be confused with the software named Arduino.
Sparki does have a few exposed components that have been reported to malfunction or break. Should this occur, the best course of action is to reach out to Arcbotics directly using the orange "Ask a Question" box in the lower right hand corner of their website, linked HERE. Their team has been highly efficient in resolving issues for FUSE facilitators. You can also browse Sparki help topics from their website HERE.
When you unbox your HTTR kit please complete the following actions:
- Discard the remote: The Sparki kit includes a remote that can be used to control Sparki. Using this will prevent your students from getting into the real substance of the challenge- writing programs that enable Sparki to complete tasks. Please remove the remote from the Sparki box and hide it somewhere.
- Assemble the box: The HTTR kit also includes a box that is used in the last level of the challenge. The box ships flat so please assemble the box so your students can use it in the challenge. When completed it will look like this:
- Set Aside the LCD Screen: An LCD screen comes pre packaged with your Sparki robot. This screen isn't used in the challenges and isn't needed for the robot to work, but if a student plugs it into the robot incorrectly they can experience errors. You can set it aside for later experimentation or toss it, but leaving it in the kit may confuse your students and complicate things.
- Install batteries: Sparki requires 4 AA batteries to operate. These batteries are included in the kit but they need to be put into Sparki before students start to use the kit. You can find the battery holder inside the hatch on the back of Sparki.
- Please add your tips, tricks, questions, and comments below.
Downloaded Software: Sparkiduino
External Websites: None
Account Needed: No