Scribbler S3 Robot
The newly released Scribbler S3 from Parallax offers a perfect place for students and teachers to begin their
STEM/STEAM journey. The robust easy-to-use S3 robot is
simple enough to set up in minutes, and is powerful
enough to teach engaging activities throughout the school
year. Programming, robotics, and even integrating math
and art are all possible with the S3, which is priced at
The BlocklyProp online tool is the S3 robot’s primary
programming environment. Its interlocking blocks with
readable text let beginners build programs in an intuitive,
visually logical way. The BlocklyProp tool exposes the S3’s
encoders to provide control over distance and speed for all
possible types of movement. Pre-made blocks support all of
the S3 robot’s sensors and motors. In addition, blocks are
included for select accessories that plug into the S3’s
Hacker Port. Customize the S3 by connecting a Parallax
standard servo, PING))) ultrasonic distance sensor, or even
an XBee RF module.
Those who know the original S1 and S2 may also
appreciate the S3 GUI for Windows as an easy transition for
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6WD Mini Mantis™
The new Mini Mantis™6WD rover from ServoCity has a bug-like chassis which offers extreme A-arm
style suspension and 3.3125” of independent wheel
travel. With 485 RPM Economy gear motors, there is
plenty of torque to turn the aggressive 4. 3” off-road
tires even when up against the toughest obstacles.
The suspension incorporates 3.85” aluminum
beams and ServoCity’s 130 mm oil-filled aluminum
bodied shocks. The 11.75” wide (full extension),
14.75” long, 6.875” tall (full extension) boxed
channel chassis provides a rigid backbone with
endless mounting and customization options,
making it easy to bolt Actobotics® components and
electronics directly to the chassis of the rover.
Rubber grommets and end caps are included for
protecting the motor wires as they get routed to the
motor controller of choice. The 1.90" black robot
wheels are driven using 12 mm aluminum hex wheel
adapters to ensure a solid no-slip connection. Price
for the Mini Mantis is $299.99.
The new ball-bearing V-Wheel kit also from ServoCity works in conjunction with 80/20®
(1010 series) as well as ServoCity’s own X-Rail to
create smooth linear motion. The Acetyl construction
of the V-Wheels offers high durability and wear resistance.
The internal ball bearing has an ID of 5 mm and the overall
V-Wheel diameter is 0.60”.
Four 5 mm to 1/4” tapped standoffs are included to
make it easy to attach the V-Wheel to channel or other
Actobotics components. The 0.675” standoff length makes
it ideal for more compact projects.
The kit — which is priced at $29.99 — includes:
• ( 4) Ball-bearing V-Wheels
• ( 4) Standoffs
• ( 4) #6 Washers
• ( 8) 6-32 x 1/4” socket head cap screws
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