The Student Robotics kit contains a number of separate modules which must be connected together control your robot. Below is a diagram of what your assembled kit should look like.
The power board contains a connector for an external On|Off switch. If you do not intend to connect a switch then you must still make this connection. You can do this by connecting a short loop of wire between the two terminals of a suitable CamCon and placing it in the external On|Off port. Any of the wire we provide would be suitable for this.
Each of the modules in the kit needs to be provided with both a control signal and power in order to operate. All the boards use USB to connect to the Brain Board so it can tell them what to do. If you run out of USB ports on the Brain Board itself, then you can use the provided USB hubs to provide more ports.
The following table summarises the connections which need to be made for each board.
|Brain Board||12V, must be connected to L2|
|Power Board||12V, via the yellow XT60 to the battery|
|Motor Board||12V from the power board|
|Arduino||via the USB|
|Servo Board||12V from the power board|
In order to connect the Brain, Motor and Servo Boards to the Power Board, you will need to create some power cables. This should be done using the provided red and black power wire (this is the thicker wire provided in the kit) and a pair of green CamCon connectors. The blue power wire should only be used to connect motors to the motor board. Remember you must use black wire for any ground connections as defined in the Rules.
When creating your power cables be sure to refer to the pages for each board so that you connect the wires the right way around. In our diagrams, the + outputs from the the Power Board should be connected to the + inputs on the board being powered.
The Brain Board must be plugged in to the L2 port on the Power Board in order for the kit to start up.
The L2 port is the only port on the Power Board which is powered before the Brain Board has started, so is the only one which can be used to power the Brain Board.