Heads up! This method of programming your Let's Start Coding kit will stop working by early 2018. Read more at letsstartcoding.com/switch-to-desktop or go back to Start to install the desktop program.

Set Up to Code Online With Windows

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

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

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



1. Install A driver Before continuing

Windows users need a driver installed on their computer before they can use the online code editor. Click the button to download and install the FTDI driver you will need. 

Teachers: If you have trouble completing the setup when logged in to a student's account, try completing the setup with your own login. Some school IT policies prevent students from installing drivers on their computers.


The GIF below plays on repeat showing you what you should expect to see.


2. Install the Coding Plugin

  • Ensure you're using the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Click the "Install App" button below.
  • Click "Add App" in the pop-up. Your page may refresh automatically. That's it!

Note: You don't have to open the Let's Start Coding app for it to work. It runs in the background and allows your browser to upload code to Maker Board. Once it's installed, you can forget about it!





You can upload any of our projects to your Maker Board. Try one here. The 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. You'll see one or more ports with the title COM.... If there is more than one COM available, pick the one with the highest number. 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 your code will turn green with the message: "Success!"


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

/* * Blink - makes a single LED blink on and off */ void setup() { pinMode(13, OUTPUT); // pin 13 - change value if you have LED on diff pin } void loop() { digitalWrite(13, HIGH); // set pin 13 to high voltage - 5V, turning LED on delay(1000); // wait 1000 milliseconds, or one second. digitalWrite(13, LOW); // set pin 13 to low voltage, or zero. LED off. delay(1000); } // Try updating the delay to see the effect! // Need help? http://www.letsstartcoding.com/help // (c) 2016 Let's Start Coding. License: www.letsstartcoding.com/bsdlicense
Maker Board should start blinking a single color.

Maker Board should start blinking a single color.

Did you see the "Success!" message? Then your computer is set up to program Maker Board!