Mar 19

New Series of EV3 Tutorials on my YouTube Channel!

Hello, everybody! I just wanted to let you all know that I am starting a series of EV3 tutorials that I will be posting every Thursday on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuXq-jiU0ANeBcF_Tvq1D7g

You can watch “Building Your FLL Robot” right here!

Please don’t be afraid to give me any feedback, and if you know anyone who might benefit from seeing this video, go right ahead and share it with them! I would really appreciate it

Thanks for your time, and enjoy! 🙂

Sep 29

EV3 vs NXT in FLL – Is the EV3 Really Superior?

Does an EV3 really have an advantage over an NXT in an FLL competition? Today, I discuss using an EV3 or NXT brick to power your FLL robot. I discuss what advantages an EV3 may have over an NXT, and give suggestions on how an NXT team can compete against EV3 teams in an FLL competition.

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Sep 22

How to Program an NXT in EV3-G

Ever wondered how to program an NXT using the EV3’s programming language, known as EV3-G? This video will teach you how to unlock the benefits of programming using EV3-G on the NXT platform, as well as help you decide why you may chose to use EV3 programming.

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Sep 15

How to Make your FLL Robot Drive Straight – EV3 Motor Encoders

Today, I will teach you how you can use the EV3 motor’s inbuilt encoders to make your FLL robot drive straight. The program we will make today uses the difference between the encoder values of the EV3 motors to keep an FLL robot tracking in a straight line.

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Sep 08

Gyro Following – More Accurately Control your FLL Robot

The EV3 Gyro is an extremely useful sensor if you are building an FLL robot. Today, I will teach you how to make a program called “Gyro Following,” in which you can use the EV3 gyro to set the desired speed and angle you want your FLL robot to travel in, and the program will keep your robot on track. In addition, this program is useful for using the EV3 gyro to keep your FLL robot driving in a straight line.

Credit for the creation of the Gyro Following program featured in this video goes to FLL team #27, “Republic of Pi” and their coach, Patrick R. Michaud.

My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 for the month of August were: Venkateshalu, Albert Bricker and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you so much!

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Sep 06

PiStorms Update – Blocky Interface

Version 4.007 of the PiStorms software is now out! With it comes a Blocky interface, which allows you to program your PiStorms using a graphical programming language called “Blocky.” This is great for those who are new to programming, or find the text-based Python language intimidating/hard to understand. Those who have used Scratch in the past will be familiar with Blocky. Below is a screenshot of programming the PiStorms using Blocky, through the PiStorms web interface.

Blocky

The graphical nature of Blocky, with its drag-and-drop blocks, color coding and function library specific to the PiStorms API make programming the PiStorms a breeze. It is much more intuitive for beginners. I encourage everyone to give it a try!

Pictured below is one of the sections (motors) of the Blocky function library.

Blocky2

Sep 01

Improve the Accuracy of the EV3 Gyro – 3 Simple Tips

Many people who have used the EV3 gyro sensor may have found it to have reliability issues. Today, I will teach you three important tips that will improve the accuracy of your EV3 gyro, one of which will be to teach you how to properly recalibrate the EV3 gyro. These three tips will help you combat errors such as gyro drift. This will be very useful for FLL robots, as many rely on the EV3 gyro to give them accurate angle readings.

Credit for the creation of the gyro calibration program featured in this video goes to FLL team #27, “Republic of Pi” and their coach Patrick R. Michaud, as well as Karl4123.

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Aug 29

How to Program a Proportional Wall Follower in NXT-G

This week’s NXT tutorial will teach you how to write a proportional wall following program for your FLL robot. The program uses an Ultrasonic sensor. This comes in handy because it allows your FLL robot to follow along a wall, without colliding with it.

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Aug 25

How to Program a Proportional Wall Follower for EV3

In today’s EV3 programming tutorial, you will learn how to make a proportional wall follower for your EV3 robot. This will work with either an EV3 Ultrasonic sensor or an EV3 Infrared sensor. Applying proportional logic greatly improves the EV3’s ability to follow the wall. This is also very useful for FLL robots.

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Aug 22

How to Program an Acceleration MyBlock in NXT-G

This week’s NXT tutorial will teach you how to write an acceleration program for your FLL robot. This will allow you to avoid accuracy-robbing wheelspin when your FLL robot begins to drive.

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Aug 20

Timmyton 5.7 – EV3 Shark Returns with Updates!

The latest version of the ever-evolving Timmyton has arrived! This video covers the various software updates that distinguish T5.7 from T5.6.

Song 1 is “Chunk of Lawn” by Jahzzar. Song 2 is “Valse Finale et Apotheose,” composed by P. Tchaikovsky and performed by the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York.

My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 for the month of July were: Venkateshalu and Turnabout Akamia. Thank you so much!

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