RoboPots Downloads

Step-By-Step

The document called RoboPots:  Step-by-Step includes instructions that complement How-To videos 1-5, along with suggestions for discussion questions and cross-curricular tie-ins.  It is in PDF format. 

Breadboard Wiring Diagrams

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Workbench Layout

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Computing Resources

No programming is required to create a RoboPot.  Older students who want to understand how the RoboPot's microcontroller thinks can follow Guide #5 and use the following resources:

Computing Activity Sheet

If Statement Elements

When students have completed the optional computing activities in section 5 of the curriculum, students who are experienced text-based coders and need more challenge can use these resources:

RoboPot Flowchart

RoboPot Code 

The code is a printout that can be studied.  Folks who know how to write software and are familiar with the Arduino environment are welcome to edit the code using source code under the next heading.

Out-Of-Maine Tools

Here is a zipped file containing information that will be needed by folks who reside outside of Maine or for other reasons choose to not apply for Gizmo Garden-supplied parts kits.  It contains Arduino IDE source code for loading onto the RoboPot microcontroller and a Bill of Materials (parts list). 

RoboPots Code and BOM

Note that leaders not receiving parts from Gizmo Garden will need to perform some electronics technician work using common hand tools:

  • Solder the header strips that come with the Trinket (10 connections)
  • To finish the power jack, cut and strip one end of each of the pre-crimped wires, solder them to the power jack, and slip the crimp housing on the other end of the wires