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$266
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 16 2019 4:11 AM UTC +00:00

About

Did you know there are 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs in America? How can we produce more engineers? One way is to help bring this project to life. Bits4Bots LLC is aiming to promote STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics) in hopes to inspire future engineers and technology related careers. Follow us on social media and on LinkedIn.

Crabbie
Crabbie

Introducing Crabbie |  My 1st Development Board Arduino Uno compatible, will work with other programming microcontrollers. This cool crab shaped hybrid/shield development board was designed with kids K-5th grade in mind. The board features a programmable TQFP Atmega328P that can be used when shielded with the Arduino Uno or used as a standalone. Did we mention it is open sourced! *Upgrading to Atmega32U4 for direct USB connection.


On board includes two (2) 8 watt speakers, eight (8) 3mm leds, ISCP header, JST-1 battery connector, two (2) 7 segment displays, two (2) dip switches, one (1) IR sensor, one (1) hall effect magnet sensor, 6x6 prototype space, and a header for ESP8622 wifi connection. #iot
*Buttons & more built-in sensors ahead. 

Dimensions: 167mm x 157mm 

Built in components allows children to focus on programming while learning about hardware.

Program using Tinkercad Circuits code blocks
Program using Tinkercad Circuits code blocks

Learn to program Crabbie using Tinkercad circuits and block code.

Built in components
Built in components

What We Need & What You Get

  • $2000 will help provide the components, improve the printed circuit design, and cover manufacturing cost & assembly.
  • +$1000 extra will cover the Arduino Heart licensing fee, The Arduino Heart license will allow a collaborative logo to assure a quality product approved by Arduino to help reach more children in schools grades K-5th.
Arduino at Heart License
Arduino at Heart License
  • Backers can receive promotional items, T-shirts, and Crabbie with $75+
  •  In the case Crabbie doesn't reach our entire goal, we will use the available printed boards in Fab Lab workshops to teach kids about hardware & coding for STEAM careers.  

 The Impact 

 The difference your contribution will make:

  • Crabbie introduces young children to microcontrollers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi. It is fun shaped to get them excited and curious before it reaches their little hands, this project is valuable to the contributor and to the world as it helps promote the next wave of engineers & technicians.
  • Bits4Bots LLC was established in 2014 and strives to create DIY kits fun for all ages.
  • With your help we can bring more fun shaped development boards & custom sensors to elementary students more creatively.

 Live demo at both Maker Faire locations!

Sat July 27, 2019 10am-6pm |
Sat July 27, 2019 10am-6pm |

The Tampa Mini Maker Faire will be held at Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Saturday, July 27th, 2019 – 10am – 6pm

November 8th & 9th 2019
November 8th & 9th 2019

Maker Faire Orlando 2019
Sat November 9th & Sun November 10th
10AM to 5PM both days

Central Florida Expo Center & Fairgrounds
4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808


Our Tools and Maker Space

Infrared IC Heater
Infrared IC Heater
Has anyone seen Crabbie?
Has anyone seen Crabbie?
A clean work space is a happy work space.
A clean work space is a happy work space.

Risks and challenges

Risk 1: PCB shape design. This unique shape comes with some drawbacks such as removing the crab.

Solution: Engineers must create the best design to insure snap removal of product pcb without chips or damage.

Risk 2: Creating a safe and sturdy product for the life of the product. Kids will be kids. The main concern are the legs of the Crabbie. They tend to be a bit slim and flexible. This may make it tempting to twist, bend & break.

Solution: Drop test. Make the legs & arms a bit wider and sturdier for quality. Use surface mount components to minimize choke hazards.

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    Get an early Crabbie - Hot off the press! Test out the official Crabbie while it is in the making. This is version 1.0 (Demo)

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    King Crab Special

    Early bird special. Get a set of five (5) with sensors, motors & lights (led's) and access to tutorials explaining how to wire and program Crabbie. Two Bits4Bots Crabbie T-Shirts

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