At the start of the school year we had big plans for our Makerspace after school activity. The course was full within two minutes, two weeks later we started introducing our students to the wonderful world of making! We started by introducing them to Tinkercad, 3D Printers and 3D pens! Then we ordered a MakerBit R set to get them started with coding and making a Smart Car. But the 2019/20 school year turned out to be full of strange events that disrupted school. First we had the Hong Kong protests, then in January of 2020 came COVID19. This all but canceled our CCA Makerspace. So the only answer for the student was either DIY or watch tutorial videos.
Hence this blog is about those videos and instructions to get you started building a Smart Car.
Part two will be coming soon and will include wiring and the basics of coding, feel free to contact me with any questions or share your making experience! Roger Wagner has put together instructions for making a SmartCar with the MakerBIT from a cardboard box, these instructions can easily be adapted for use with our 2 wheel or 4 wheel smart car kit.
Part 2 adding ultrasonic sensors and cables with coding.
After a some what long break I got the smart car working using the ultrasonic sensor after Roger Wagner edited the code by giving it a 100ms delay, which I then changed the Call Forward command to reverse as I am guessing I wired the motors incorrectly!
The following video shows the steps to wire the ultrasonic sensor to the MakerBit using a Grove I/O connector.