Set Up to Code Online with Chromebook

First thing's first: Plug Your Board in to your USB port

 Plug Code Car into the USB cable. It's snug, but you can press it in there- it won't break!

Plug Code Car into the USB cable. It's snug, but you can press it in there- it won't break!

 
 Maker Board is pre-loaded with a program. Plug it in!

Maker Board is pre-loaded with a program. Plug it in!

1. Install the Coding Plugin

  • Ensure you're using the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Click the "Add the Coding Extension to your Browser" button below.

  • Click "Add App" in the pop up. That's it!
    • If you'd like to see a step-by-step video guide to setting up the app,

Note: You will not open a Let's Start Coding app on your Chromebook. You will simply code directly from the website (www.letsstartcoding.com). The app icon may appear, but clicking it will not open a new program

 

2. TEST UPLOAD A PROJECT

You can upload any of our projects to your Maker Board. Try one here. The green window below with numbers for each row is holding real code that you'll be able to run on Maker Board and modify it right there. 

  • Plug Maker Board in to your USB port either directly or with the cable. Make sure Maker Board's green light is on.
    • Green light not on? Try flipping Maker Board over.
  • Click the drop-down menu.  It will contain one or more port names like /dev/cu.... or /dev/tty.... . If you have multiple COM ports here, just try one. If the upload doesn't work, try another option from the drop-down
  • Click Upload to Maker Board. Maker Board's lights will flicker and you'll see a green screen with the message "Success!".

 

BELOW IS YOUR CODING WINDOW. Test Upload this Project To your Maker BOard.

/* * Turn on a red light- 5 for Code Car, 13 for Maker Board */ void setup() { pinMode(13, OUTPUT); // Set pin 13 (built-in red LED on Maker Board) as an output pinMode(5,OUTPUT); //Set pin 5 (red siren on Code Car) as an output } void loop() { digitalWrite(13, HIGH); // Turn on pin 13 on Maker Board digitalWrite(5,HIGH); //Turn on pin 5 (red siren) } // (c) 2018 Let's Start Coding. License: www.letsstartcoding.com/bsdlicense
 

You should have a solid red light on either your Code Car or your Maker Board. If you see that, hit the 'Let's Start Coding!' button to go on to the next project! 

 

Not sure if the installation went as planned? Watch the video below.