Tutorial: Installing Apps on your Kookaberry

A learning plan for the Kookaberry

Developed by
John Phillips
Director
The AustSTEM Foundation

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 to download and install Apps to both Windows and Mac computers from this website.

To learn more about how files and folders are managed on the Kookaberry platform, click on the link below. A pdf can be downloaded from the sidebar to the right.

Managing the Kookaberry’s USB Memory→

App Sets

Apps currently available (May 2021) have been sorted into three sets as follows

Class Kit Preload

If the menu on your Kookaberry is playing up, or you want to make sure that the preloaded apps are up-to-date, then Format the Kookaberry’s USB drive following the instructions on the Managing the Kookaberry’s USB Memory page. Once the formatting is complete and drive is empty, download the Class-Kit-Preload.zip from the sidebar to the right and reinstall the Apps in accordance with the implementation instructions below.

Go to this Page for details of Class Kit Preload Apps→

Class Kit Basic Extras

The number of Apps that can be installed on the Kookaberry is large, but installing too many makes the Menu too complicated. Apps which use the peripherals in the Class Kit, but have NOT been included in the preloaded set have been grouped into this set. They can be accessed by downloading the Class -Kit-Basic-Extras.zip file from the sidebar to the right. They can then be installed one by one or as multiples in the Kookaberry’s menu in accordance with the implementation instructions below.

Go to this Page for details of Class Kit Basic Extra Apps→

Project Apps

There are many Apps that have been developed for projects and special purposes, but whose peripherals have not been included in the Class Kit. These Apps and their peripherals are described in the Apps and Peripherals Index pages.

The peripherals can be obtained locally or by arrangement through AustSTEM. The Apps can be accessed by downloading theProject-Apps.zip file from the sidebar to the right. They can then be installed one by one or as multiples in the Kookaberry’s menu in accordance with the implementation instructions below.

Go to this Page for details of Project Apps→

Preparation

It is desirable to use an external flash/thumb drive to store additional Apps downloaded from this website. The flash drive can then be used on other computers such as are being used by students.

Plug the flash drive into your computer and follow the next steps according to which type of computer you are using (Windows or Mac) and what set of apps you want to download.

Downloading and opening zip folders

Select the App set you wish to download from the sidebar to the right and proceed to download and extract the files as follows

Windows PC

Step W1: Downloading and extraction

Click on the App set you want to download and save it to your Downloads folder

Open the file in the downloads folder; select it by clicking on it; and Extract All to the external flash drive.
Tip: Clicking on Extract All will bring up a window where you can browse and select the external flash drive. It will have a unique identifier like E;/

The extracted folder on the flash drive has a sub-folder app, which contains all of the Apps in the selected set

Step W2: Adding Apps to the Kookaberry

Minimise the File Explorer window containing the apps you have just downloaded and open the apps folder to show all the app files.

Connect the Kookaberry to your PC and a new window should pop up showing the contents of its USB memory. If a new window does not pop up, open a new File Explorer window, show the Kookaberry and the folders in its memory; and minimise that window as well.

You should now have two File Explorer windows as shown in the screen shot below.


Select the App (or Apps) you wish to add to the Kookaberry and drag them into the Kookaberry’s app folder.

Eject the Kookaberry by right clicking on the Kookaberry Drive and clicking on Eject in the drop down menu

Now unplug the Kookaberry. When power is next applied the Menu will show the added Apps.

That’s it! Job done……

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