Tutorial: Getting Started with KookaBlockly

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Overview If you are familiar with Scratch or any other visual programming environment, this tutorial should provide just enough guidance to allow you to program your Kookaberry in real-time using KookaBlockly. KookaBlockly Most visual programming editors are based in the cloud and require internet access. KookaBlockly, as well as its text-based counterpart, KookaIDE, need to be installed on your computer. …

Tutorial: Installing KookaSuite on your Windows PC

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This Tutorial describes how to download the KookaSuite folder to a Windows PC and how to safely install and access the following files KookaBlockly – an implementation of the GoogleBlockly programming environment for the Kookaberry KookaIDE – an Integrated Development Environment for programming the Kookaberry in MicroPython; and KookaTW – the Kookaberry Teacher’s Window that mirrors the Kookaberry’s display A …

Tutorial: Introduction to digital systems

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This Tutorial describes a digital system and uses the Kookaberry STEM platform to illustrate its fundamental principles   The Kookaberry is a digital system It’s a little digital system just like all the other digital systems that help us in our workplace and home and in our lives generally. Even doorbells you can buy at your local hardware store are now …

Tutorial: Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)

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This Tutorial describes PWM and how it’s principles can be demonstrated using the Kookaberry ecosystem.   Overview Specifically, this Tutorial will describe how the speed of a motor or the intensity of an LED is controlled in the digital world. The analogue world Our real world is generally an analogue world. Our eyes perceive a continuous range of brightness and …

Tutorial: KookaBlockly Workshop

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This coding workshop/tutorial introduces participants to the KookaBlockly graphical coding editor. It requires at least two Kookaberries, a few selected peripherals and a PC to which the Kookaberry can be connected (tethered). It also needs a partner with another PC running KookaSuite for the interactive radio activities. However, these are just a small part of the whole workshop. Overview KookaBlockly …

Tutorial: Installing KookaSuite on a Mac

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This Tutorial describes how to download the KookaSuite folder to a Windows PC Contents Overview Installing KookaSuite Software on your Mac Step1: Access Files in GitHub Step2: Finding the right file Step3: Loading the files Step4: Warning Notices Step5: Allowing File download Step 5: Opening files Installing KookaScripts Step1: Installing KookaScripts Step 2: Downloading KookaScripts Folder Step 3: Selecting the …

Tutorial: Installing Apps on your Kookaberry

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This Tutorial describes how to install Apps on your Kookaberry Overview The Apps on a Kookaberry are written in MicroPython (a smaller version of Python), and contain all the instructions to to allow the Kookaberry to work as intended by the App. All Kookaberries are preloaded with a basic set of Apps prior to delivery, and this Tutorial describes how …

Tutorial: Start Your Engines

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This Tutorial simulates the starting of a car engine when the petrol tank is 75% full using one Kookaberry. You will then connect it to another Kookaberry and show how the engine can only be started when the tank is both 75% full AND an ignition button is pressed. This simple and fun example illustrates how using the Kookaberry in …

Tutorial: Wireless Networking

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In this Tutorial you will create a two-Kookaberry radio data network using their on-board packet radio chips and antenna. You will be using the Semaphore app which, when run on two or more Kookaberries, can send text, graphic and sound content wirelessly to each other at the push of a button.   Setting up Connect a Buzzer to Connector P2 …

Binary Numbers

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This short Lesson Plan will demonstrate the conversion of binary to decimal numbers and vice versa It will use the Kookaberry BinaryNumbers app which requires no peripherals. A 5-bit number is used in this demonstration. Directions Step 1: Setup This app needs no peripherals. Step 2: Running and using the app Navigate to the BinaryNumbers app and press Button B …