What is Valenta Loco?
Are you interested in running a BBC micro:bit powered train in the living room? Valenta Loco is a powerful and smooth-running micro:bit controlled locomotive engine that is compatible with Lego train rail system.
The locomotive engine is run by a tiny, lightweight and friendly motor controller called Valenta Zero motor controller. The controller can be easily coded and played with servos, motors and LEDs.
You can choose to run the locomotive engine by using (i) two (x2) BBC micro:bits, one as the transmitter and another one as the receiver on the locomotive engine or (ii) your iPad (iPhone) as the transmitter and one (x1) BBC micro:bit as the receiver on the locomotive engine. These sample codes are ready to play and immediately downloadable in this tutorial.
You can upgrade this locomotive engine with custom body shells and rail system.
Who is this project for?
Makers, educators and enthusiasts of broader ages and tinkering levels can learn and enjoy 3D printing, electronics and coding all in one!
What can I learn from this project?
This project is an amazing learning opportunities to get fun robotics experience. The tutorials and sample codes are made easy for non-experts to get started. You can gain dexterity skills though 3D printing, assembling and connecting cables. You can also deepen coding and electronics skills, too. You'll have a sense of achievement by mastering the robotics with this great looking micro:bit locomotive engine!