- 1. Is my operation system compatible?
- 2. How do I install the software “RobboScratch”?
- 3. How many languages is RobboScratch available in?
- 4. Is the RobboScratch-software maintained?
- 5. How do I connect the robot to RobboScratch?
- 6. How do I start programming in RobboScratch?
- 7. What are these strange readings given by the sensor?
1. Is my operating system compatible?
RobboScratch supports all the major operating systems: Mac, Windows and Linux.
● macOS: any version from 10.XX
● Windows: 7 or later
● Linux: compatible with Ubuntu 12.04 or later
● Requires Adobe Air
2. How do I install the software RobboScratch?
The software installation is standard for your operating system. RobboScratch can be downloaded here (link till nya nätsidans RobboScratch). For Windows, run the .exe file; for Linux, use Deb- or RPM-package; for macOS, use .DMG image.
3. How many languages is RobboScratch available in?
Scratch fully supports most of the existing languages. On the other hand, RobboScratch (an adapted version of Scratch) has its own folders currently translated to English, Russian, Finnish and Swedish. We constantly work on translating it to other languages.
4. Is the software RobboScratch-software maintained?
Yes, we are constantly improving the software, and the updates are released on a regular basis. Keep track of software updates on our website.
5. How do I connect the robot to RobboScratch?
If the robot is properly connected to your computer (or tablet/smartphone), RobboScratch recognizes it automatically. If the connection is not made automatically, click “new lookup” on the control panel. If the firmware is not updated follow the following steps. The control panel, window with a COM number, will open and there will be a circle indicating firmware status. If it is red (there is no firmware) or yellow (firmware is outdated), you will need to press the “update firmware button”. If the circle is green, you are ready to start programming!
6. How do I start programming in RobboScratch?
Use your mouse! Just grab the blocks and drag them into the Script Area to snap together. Your program (or script, in Scratch terminology) is built of blocks like a brick house. The commands for Robot kit are green whereas the commands for Lab are grey. The commands are gathered in specific groups.
You can even make your code more unique by visualizing it. Chose different objects or characters and make them move on the background you select (or even draw!) yourself. We recommend you to read our blogpost “How to get started with Scratch” for more tips! For more exercises and ideas, download our pedagogical guide.
A simple script that instructs the robot to move forward for 1 second.
7. What are these strange readings given by the sensor?
They are not strange: the readings of all the sensors just are expressed in relative units, from 0 to 100.
For example, the light sensor gives readings less than 40 when in darker and greater than 60 when exposed to light. Of course, these figures do not mean luxes (the unit of measurement for illuminance in the International System of Units). But you can find the relationship between the reading of the light sensor and the illuminance in luxes. The picture below shows readings from two sensors: light and sound. For more tips, download our pedagogical guide (link: Materials på nya websidan).
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