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STEM MAKER MATERIALS

This guide features technology available at McQuade Library's ERC. While these resources support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, all MC students are encouraged to explore, tinker, experiment, create, and learn.

Meet ActivityBot 360

Activity Bot 360

Ready for robotics? The smart little ActivityBot 360° Robot can get you started and take you a long way. It is easy to program visually with BlocklyProp, or in C with simplified libraries. Feedback 360° High Speed Servos with built-in encoders make for fast, consistent maneuvers. A variety of sensors and components come in the kit. Its Propeller Activity Board WX features built-in support for audio and wireless upgrades.

Free web tutorials guide you step by step — just follow the checkmarks. First, build your ActivityBot. Then, learn about programming its multicore Propeller chip brain. Start building circuits on a breadboard, then make DIY sensor systems so your robot can navigate on its own. Tutorial options include BlocklyProp graphical programming or C language with simplified libraries. Choose your preference, or go from one to the other for a strong foundation and progression.

The ActivityBot 360° Robot is ready for tinkering. Add off-the-shelf components, additional sensors, and upgrade kits. The Propeller Activity Board WX sports a mini audio jack and a socket for an optional RF module (not included).

The ActivityBot 360° Robot builds transferable skills in middle school, high school or college robotics, technology, engineering, and programming courses, and is California A-G certified. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Features

  • Free BlocklyProp Solo online graphical programming for Chromebook, Windows, and Mac
  • Free C language programming with SimpleIDE software for Windows and Mac
  • Propeller Activity Board WX (#32912) makes it quick to integrate sensors, motors, and more
  • Feedback 360° High-speed servo motors with built-in encoders make fast, consistent maneuvers
  • Plug common electronic parts right into the breadboard or 3-pin headers.  No soldering or special connectors needed!
  • Parts included for DIY navigation sensors that use touch, visible light, infrared light and ultrasonics
  • Built-in SD card slot and included microSD card are ready for data-logging and file storage

Application Ideas

  • A great hobby kit for exploring robotics, electronics and programming
  • An affordable STEM education platform to provide a high robot/student ratio

Note: The ActivityBot 360° Robot requires five 1.5 V AA alkaline batteries, or 5 1.2 V NiMH rechargeable batteries (#752-00022), not included. The ActivityBot 360° replaces the original ActivityBot Robot Kit with external encoders (#32500).