So you have bought or you are considering buying our RC STEM Car, Van or Tuk Tuk. This guide is a checklist for everything you will need to complete our fun, but challenging project. Read on for a full equipment list (excluding the RC STEM Kit) along with couple of my top-tips.
A computer - You will need a computer to write and upload your code to your car, van or Tuk Tuk. Use the blue printer cable provided to connect the two circuit to your computer. Top-Tip - The code won't always upload to your circuit if your bluetooth is connected. I recommend taking the 4 cables out and holding them in place so that they can quickly be re-inserted once the code has uploaded.
A phone - your phone is your remote controller. Download our free app LearnThruTech here: For Apple -https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/learnthrutech-rc-carcontroller/id1443800751 For Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.rewise.app Top-Tip - Be sure to test your car, van or tuk tuk. Once you have uploaded your code and before you start assembling the shell. Check all of the lights, the horn and that all of the directions are correct. It is much easier to make any amendments at this point.
Arduino Software - This free software if where we write our code. You have two options; you can either create an account and use the software on their website or you can download their software on to your desktop. For the web browser version or to download the software click here: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
Batteries - The car and van requires 6 AA batteries for power or 1 9V battery for the tuk tuk. You can plug the car into a computer for power, however you will be limited to the length of the lead when racing!
Wire Clippers - Not essential, as cables only rarely short or become covered by the rubber. If this does happen and you do not have any wire clippers you can use scissors instead, just be careful.
Patience - As with all projects of this nature, it is challenging and it will be time consuming. Be sure to read the instructions carefully as you progress and do not be afraid to put a little force into connecting the pieces. Most importantly, have fun!
Now that you have everything you need to start your build be sure to get stuck in and enjoy the experience. Be sure to check the blog for future updates on tips, designs and other projects.