Getting Started with the Red Hat Co.Lab Robot

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Contributors: D___Run___, Gina Likins
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Resources and Going Further

For more information about the moto:bit, check out the resources below:

We produce a number of other kits and carrier boards that you can hook up to your micro:bit to help take your projects to the next level. We have dedicated an entire page for you to explore where you can go from here with the micro:bit

Here is some further reading that may help you along in learning more about the world of electronics.

For more information on our micro:bit ecosystem, check out these tutorials:

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micro:bit Breakout Board Hookup Guide

How to get started with the micro:bit breakout board.

How to Load MicroPython on a Microcontroller Board

This tutorial will show you how to load the MicroPython interpreter onto a variety of development boards.

Gator:control ProtoSnap Hookup Guide

Buttons and switches and inputs oh my! Start adding more control to your gator:bit with the SparkFun gator:control.

SparkFun gator:bit v2 Hookup Guide

The gator:bit v2 is a breakout board for the BBC micro:bit. The gator:bit exposes almost every pin on the micro:bit to clippable pad with circuit protection. It also has as built-in addressable LEDs and a built-in buzzer.

For more robot fun, check out our these other tutorials that use the micro:bit ecosystem.

micro:bot Kit Experiment Guide

Get started with the moto:bit, a carrier board for the micro:bit that allows you to control motors, and create your own robot using this experiment guide for the micro:bot kit.

Wireless Remote Control with micro:bit

In this tutorial, we will utilize the MakeCode radio blocks to have the one micro:bit transmit a signal to a receiving micro:bit on the same channel. Eventually, we will control a micro:bot wirelessly using parts from the arcade:kit!

Full Kit Contents List

If you haven't yet picked up one of the Red Hat Robotics kits and want to get started you can find the robot here

Red Hat Co.Lab Robot Kit

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Things sometimes break or get lost, its part of making and tinkering! If you need to replace a part here is a list of the individual components that make up the Red Hat Robotics Kit from the SparkFun catalog.

Master Connection List

This table shows you how things are connected. On the left side of the table is the board (the moto:bit in this case), in the middle is the color jumper wire, and in the right column is the “far end” connection (either one of the motors or one of the Line Sensors). This is a kind of shorthand for the step-by-step instructions that tell you exactly where each end of each connection goes, so sometimes instructions will give you a table like this rather than step-by-step instructions

Left Line Sensor

SparkFun moto:bit Pins Jumper Wires Left Line Follower Board
P0 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Yellow OUT
3.3V 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Orange VCC
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red GND

Middle Line Sensor

SparkFun moto:bit Pins Jumper Wires Center Line Follower Board
P1 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Yellow OUT
3.3V 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Orange VCC
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red GND

Right Line Sensor

SparkFun moto:bit Pins Jumper Wires Right Line Follower Board
P2 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Yellow OUT
3.3V 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Orange VCC
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red GND

Left Motor

SparkFun moto:bit Pins Left Motor Jumper Wires
LEFT MOTOR - RED Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - RED
LEFT MOTOR - BLACK Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - BLACK

Right Motor

moto:bit Pins Right Motor Jumper Wires
RIGHT MOTOR - RED Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - BLACK
RIGHT MOTOR - BLACK Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - RED