Tutorials

Need help getting started? Watch or read our tutorials, and in under 30 minutes you can be building and programming awesome robots! 

Connecting Electronics

Wondering how to hook up a sensor, LED, or motor to the Hummingbird or Hummingbird Duo? Watch a short video or follow our step-by-step instructions.

tag(s): Hardware, Electronics

Building your First Bot

Instructions for building a first robot with Hummingbird

tag(s): Hardware, Building Tips

Example Robots

Get inspired by watching videos of robots you can build in 30 minutes, 3 hours, and 6 hours, as well as robots created by students for class projects in poetry, pre-engineering, and more!

tag(s): Hardware, Building Tips

CREATE Lab Visual Programmer

Check out our screencasts and instructions explaining how to install and use the CREATE Lab visual programmer.

tag(s): Programming, CREATE Lab Visual Programmer, Arduino

Scratch 2.0 Programming

Guide for programming Hummingbird in Scratch 2.0.

tag(s): Programming, Snap!/Scratch 2.0

Snap! Programming

This tutorial introduces programming Hummingbird with Snap!

tag(s): Programming, Snap!/Scratch 2.0

Ardublock Programming

An introduction to programming Hummingbird Duo with Ardublock.

tag(s): Programming, Arduino

Arduino Programming

Introduction to programming Hummingbird Duo as an Arduino device.

tag(s): Hardware, Electronics, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools, Programming, Arduino

Circuit Scribe and Hummingbird

Combine the Hummingbird with the Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen!

tag(s): Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools

Using the BirdBlox App

The BirdBlox app allows you to program your Hummingbird over Bluetooth using an iPad!

tag(s): Programming

App Inventor with Hummingbird

tag(s): Programming, Advanced

Controlling Robots with Muscle Signals

tag(s): Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools, Snap!/Scratch 2.0

Go!Motion and Hummingbird

tag(s): Hardware, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools, Programming, Snap!/Scratch 2.0, Advanced

Grove Sensors with the Hummingbird

tag(s): Hardware, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools, Snap!/Scratch 2.0

Hummingbird Color Sensor

tag(s): Hardware, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools, Snap!/Scratch 2.0

MaKey MaKey and Hummingbird

Projects combining MaKey-MaKey and Hummingbird are a blast, check out this tutorial for how-to and examples!

tag(s): Hardware, Electronics, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools

Making Mobile Robots with Hummingbird

tag(s): Hardware, Building Tips, Programming

Piezo Buzzers with the Hummingbird

tag(s): Hardware, Electronics, CREATE Lab Visual Programmer

TETRIX with Hummingbird

tag(s): Hardware, Building Tips, Programming, Arduino, Advanced

Tracking a Line

tag(s): Hardware, Building Tips, Programming, CREATE Lab Visual Programmer, Arduino

Using the Hummingbird Joystick

tag(s): Hardware, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools, Snap!/Scratch 2.0

3D Printing and Hummingbird

To help kickstart your 3D printing explorations, we've created a library of open-source, freely downloadable, editable, and printable parts that work well with parts from the Hummingbird kit. We'll use this tutorial to share our current library of parts and our process for editing and printing them.

tag(s): Hardware, Building Tips, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools

Raspberry Pi

Use a Raspberry Pi to control a Hummingbird and write programs that run on the Pi with Java or Python!

tag(s): Hardware, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools, Programming, Java, Python, Advanced

Squishy Circuits!

Learn how to hook up circuits made from playdough to Hummingbird.

tag(s): Hardware, Electronics, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools

Switching Modes on the Hummingbird

Learn to use the Hummingbird Firmware Burner to switch the Hummingbird Duo from one mode to another.

tag(s): Programming, CREATE Lab Visual Programmer, Snap!/Scratch 2.0, Arduino

Wii Devices and the Hummingbird

Control Hummingbird robots with the Wiimote and Wii Balance Board!

tag(s): Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools

Creating a button sensor for Hummingbird

All you need for a button is two pieces of wire, a resistor, and two pennies. Check out this awesome tutorial by Karen Polstra for building a home-made button.

tag(s): Hardware, Building Tips, Electronics

Setting up the Arduino Environment for Hummingbird Duo

Instructions for setting up the Arduino environment and Ardublock for use with Hummingbird Duo.

tag(s): Programming, Arduino

Using Hummingbird in Netbeans

Step-by-step tutorial guiding you through programming Hummingbird in Java with the Netbeans IDE

tag(s): Programming, Java, Advanced

Compiling and Running a Hummingbird Java Program

A few steps to get you started compiling Hummingbird Java programs from the command line...

tag(s): Programming, Java, Advanced

Python Programming

Tutorial on how to install Python, compile an example program, and create your own program.

tag(s): Programming, Python, Advanced

Using Vernier Sensors with the Hummingbird

tag(s): Hardware, Hummingbird and Other Maker Tools