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JSC “Tyrnet



JSC “Tyrnet


Printed by the order of

JSC “Tyrnet


— Professor Irina B. Gotskaya, EdD, Chairperson of IT Education Methodology Dept. at Herzen State Pedagogical University (St.Petersburg);

— Yuriy A. Vinnitskiy, Cand.Sc. (Education), IT teacher, CEO Deputy over Experimental Work at School № 169 with intensive study of English language (St.Petersburg).

Elena A. Vostrikova

ScratchDuino.Robokit: User Manual / Elena A. Vostrikova, Leonid S. Zakharov,

Ekaterina A. Lvova. — St.Petersburg: Reprographics Center of JSC “Tyrnet”, 2015. — 70 p.
This User Manual is intended for school teachers, educators, or parents — users of ScratchDuino.Robokit, which is an electronic kit of light sensor, line detector, touch probe, the infrared “eye” sensor, and modules to create your own sensors.

The manual provides instructions on installing the software for the four major operating systems (OS); a list of components in the box, description of the sensors; brief information about ScratchDuino and Scratch software; examples of

working scripts; instructions on registering and placing individual projects at, as well as the cases of organizing children’s and adults’ cooperation within the framework of the festival “ScratchDuino Libre Robotics”.
© JSC “Tyrnet”, 2015
Table of Contents

Installing the Software for ScratchDuino.Robokit 4

Windows OS Family 4

Linux OS Family 7

Mac OS Family 11

Android OS Family 12

Connecting ScratchDuino.Robokit via Bluetooth,

for Windows 17

Connecting ScratchDuino.Robokit via Bluetooth, for Linux 18

Connecting ScratchDuino.Robokit via Bluetooth, for Mac OS 20

Running Software from a USB Stick without Installation on the Hard Drive 23

Provisions for Implementing the Projects 26

Connecting ScratchDuino.Robokit 28

Setting up a Playground for Creative Activity and Contests 31

Sensors Testing and Calibration 34

Attaching the Sensors 36

Basic Concepts of ScratchDuino 38

Basic Algorithms of ScratchDuino 41

Co-operation of the Sensors and the Motor 46

Touch Probe 46

Line Detector 49

Light Sensor 51

IR Eye Sensor 53

Promoting the Community of the Like-Minded 54

Wiki Portal of Project ScratchDuino: Signing up 54 Uploading a Project 61

Rules on Discussing the Projects at 64

Information Sources for Project ScratchDuino 67

Appendix 68

Statutes of ScratchDuino Libre Robotics Festival 68

  1. Installing the Software for ScratchDuino.Robokit

    1. Windows OS Family

To work successfully with ScratchDuino.Robokit under Windows, it is necessary to install the visual programming environment for Scratch 1.4, software for ScratchDuino.Robokit robot, and Arduino UNO driver. In addition, advanced users might want to install Arduino IDE — the integrated developer’s environment for Arduino UNO.

The software can be obtained:

  • from the CD, shipped with ScratchDuino.Robokit;

  • from the file server of the project —

Installation from the CD or from the File Server of the Project

  1. How to install Scratch:

  • Run the installation file ../windows/Scratchduino.exe from the CD, or download and run the installation file from the file server:

Result: both Scratch and ScratchDuinoRobot will be installed.

  • The Installation Wizard will ask you to choose a language — choose English, then press Ок, Next, and Install.

Result: In a few seconds, two icons will appear at the desktop (or in the application list of the Start button, depending on individual setup) — Scratch and ScratchDuinoRobot (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1. The icons to appear.

To operate ScratchDuino.Robokit, the software ScratchDuinoRobot is intended! To launch, click the Robot icon.

  1. How to install the driver:

  • run the executable ../windows/ ScratchDuino_drivers.exe from CD, or download it from the file server and run.

Fig. 2. Dialog boxes of Installation Wizard.

A note for users. You will not find any Arduino IDE software either on the CD or on the file server of the project. This is intentional, as with Arduino IDE installed it is possible to reprogram the pre-programmed Arduino UNO cartridge. Hence, to avoid confusions, we do not recommend Arduino IDE installation for
inexperienced users. However, if you do realize what you’re dealing with, you can happily install the Arduino IDE software from the developer’s website (see the next section).

How to Install the Arduino IDE Software from the Developer’s Website

Download the fresh version of the Arduino IDE software from the developer’s website and follow the installation instructions:

How to Connect ScratchDuino.Robokit via USB Cable

Plug the USB cable, shipped along with ScratchDuino.Robokit, into the USB port of the PC and into the Arduino UNO cartridge. To ensure the communication between the ScratchduinoRobot and ScratchDuino.Robokit, you need to know the number of serial port connecting ScratchDuino.Robokit to the PC. For this purpose, go to Device Manager, usually found at Control Panel.

Fig. 3. A snapshot of Device Manager window, showing the number
of serial (COM) port, to which Arduino UNO is connected automatically.

Remember the number of the COM port! It is the port you’ll need to select in ScratchDuinoRobot. In Fig. 3, Arduino UNO matches the port COM9.

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