Get Started with GiggleBot

GiggleBot expansion pack includes 15 pieces of robo-flair (sensors, actuators, and parts)
01: Unbox your GiggleBot

If you haven’t already, remove GiggleBot from the box it arrived in.

micro:bit and Micro-USB cable
02: Unpack your micro:bit and Micro-USB cable

To get started you only need the micro:bit and Micro-USB cable you can leave the other components in the bag for now.

Insert 3 AA Batteries
03: Insert three AA batteries

Place 3 AA batteries into the black battery holder on the bottom of your GiggleBot.

MakeCode logo
04: Next, let's make a program in MakeCode

MakeCode is a learn-to-code programming environment from Microsoft. You can access it from your web browser.

Use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers
05: You will need either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to use MakeCode

MakeCode uses a technology called web-USB to transfer programs to your micro:bit. Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers have this technology built-in.

In your web browser type “makecode.microbit.org” into the navigation bar.

07: Select "New Project" in MakeCode

We’ll start by making a new project.

Name your program then click create
08: Pick a name for your project

Any name will do! When ready, click “Create”

Click on the settings icon "gear" in the upper right hand corner
09: Go to settings

Click on the little “Gear” icon in the upper right corner.

10: Select "Extensions"

Pick the “Extensions” option from the menu. This loads a special set of blocks for MakeCode.

Search "Giggle" in the search bar.
11: Search "Giggle"

Use the search bar in Extensions to look for “Giggle”

Pick "Giggle" not "Gigglebot"
12: Select "Giggle"

Select the “Giggle” option that looks like this. Don’t worry about the other option for now. It’s for very specific use-cases.

13: Next, let's make a simple program

Time to build a program using drag-and-drop code blocks.

A sample block of micro:bit code - "Show Icon - Heart"
14: Some blocks are code for the micro:bit

Different MakeCode blocks do different things. Some represent code designed to change your micro:bit. This one changes the LEDs on the front of your micro:bit

15: Some blocks are code for the GiggleBot

The “Giggle” extension added a few more blocks to help you control your GiggleBot. This block changes the LED “smile” near the back of your GiggleBot.

Connect your micro:bit to your computer using the micro-USB cable.
16: Connect your micro:bit to your computer using the Micro-USB cable.

Now that you’ve completed your program, you’re ready to transfer it to your micro:bit. Plug the little end of the Micro-USB cable into the port at the top of your micro:bit.

Click on the "3 dots" icon next to the download button.
17: Click on the "3-dots" next to the "Download" button

Before you can transfer you will need to pair with your micro:bit. Click on the little icon that looks like three dots in a row.

First click "Pair Device" then select your micro:bit and click "connect"
18: Pick "Pair device" then "Connect"

In the pop-up menu click on “Pair Device.” Make sure your micro:bit is selected in the next window, then click “Connect.”

19: Click "Download"

Now that you’re paired, click “Download” to transfer the program to your micro:bit. Congratulations! You’ve just programmed your GiggleBot robot in MakeCode.

Connect micro:bit to the GiggleBot - buttons face front of robot.
20: Connect your GiggleBot and micro:bit

Eject the micro:bit from your computer and connect it to your GiggleBot. The buttons on the front of the micro:bit should face the front of your GiggleBot. When ready use the black power switch to start your robot.

Continue growing with the free coding cards.
21: Continue growing with the free coding cards or try some projects.

Ready to learn more about your GiggleBot? Download the free coding cards to build new skills through play.


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