Meet the Rover, a simple and silly robot built with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit that can be easily customized to perform different tasks.
Rovers work best using untethered or wireless control. Some programming languages are better for wireless control than others. We recommend programming your rover with BirdBlox, MakeCode, or Arduino (for Duo users only). Make sure you are familiar with the different coding options, so that you can choose a programming language that is right for you.
Build Time: 60-90 min (depending on skill level and design choice)
Hummingbird Robotics Kit Hardware*
- Hummingbird Controller (Bit Controller pictured. The Duo Controller will also work)
- Battery Pack or AC Plug
- 2 Rotation Servos (Gear motor with Duo kits)
- Position Servo
- 2 Wheels
- Servo Hardware
- 2 Tri-Color LED
- 1 Distance Sensor
*This project requires a Hummingbird Robotics Premium Kit
Suggested Craft Supplies
Next attach the wheels. Snap the X-shaped servo horn onto the rotation servo. The wheel will snap onto the top of the servo horn. Secure the wheel and servo horn into place with the small, black screw included with your servo hardware. Repeat this process for the second rotation servo.
Hot glue both rotation servos onto the base of your rover. The servos should be oriented so that the servo wires point towards the back of the rover.
Now create a steering wheel by drawing a circle. We traced the masking tape roll, but your steering wheel can be any size and shape, so long as it fits inside the box.
Cut out the circle. Hot glue a servo horn to the center of the circle. We used the round servo horn, but you can use any servo horn that is available.
Push the steering wheel onto the position servo shaft. Hot glue the position servo into the rover so that the steering wheel is centered in the front.
Plug your components into the Hummingbird:
- Servo Port 1: Driver left rotation servo
- Servo Port 2: Driver right rotation servo
- Servo Port 3: Position servo/ Steering wheel
- Tri-Color LED Port 1: Tri-Color LED/ Headlight 1
- Tri-Color LED Port 2: Tri-Color LED/ Headlight 2
- Sensor Port 1: Distance Sensor
Note: If you are using the Hummingbird Duo, the Servo Ports 1 and 2 will be replaced with Motor Ports 1 and 2.
Fold out the rear flap of the rover. Place your character in the box so that it leans against the rear flap.
Create a bracket to hold the character in place. Cut a small triangle from the scrap cardboard. Hot glue the triangle to the back of the character. Secure the triangle to the rear flap.
If you’d like, you can create some hands and hot glue them to the steering wheel.
You are now ready to start programming! Need help getting started? Select your desired programming language and device from this page.