Get Ready to Build

Building and controlling circuits with the cyber:bot board is a great way to learn about electricity, and to experiment with making your own inventions.  Building experimental circuits to design your own projects is called prototyping, and it is a real-world engineering skill.

Before you start your cyber:bot prototyping, there are three important Reference pages you should have handy, especially if you have never built circuits on a breadboard before. Just click on each link and the page will open in a new tab or window.


The Breadboard on the cyber:bot

The cyber:bot Board has a solderless breadboard mounted on it. The breadboard lets you connect common electronic components together to build your own circuits.

The cyber:bot's breadboard is surrounded on three sides by black sockets. These make it convenient to connect circuits on the breadboard to power, ground, and the Propeller I/O pins.  There are also sockets to connect to a digital-to-analog converter signal from the Propeller chip,  and to an analog-to-digital converter on the micro:bit.

Remember the 3-Position Switch Guidelines!

Before you build circuits on the breadboard, let's review:

  • Position 0: ALWAYS use 0 for building or modifying circuits; also good for flashing scripts. Position 0 turns off power to the whole cyber:bot board. If the micro:bit is plugged into USB, you can still flash and run non-robot scripts.
  • Position 1: Good for flashing scripts and powering breadboard circuits.  Position 1 powers the Propeller system and sockets along the breadboard, but not the 3-pin/Servo ports, so your cyber:bot won’t roll away the moment you program it. Position 1 also powers the micro:bit independent of its USB port.  
  • Position 2: ONLY use 2 when you are ready for your robot to move. NOT good for flashing scripts. Position 2 powers all the circuits on the board, including the 3-pin servo ports, and also the micro:bit independent of its USB port.