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Arduino Engineering Kit Rev2 FAQs

How is the Arduino Engineering Kit course structured?

Arduino Engineering Kit course content is divided into six chapters and is designed to be followed sequentially from chapters 1 to 3, which should be used as a reference when needed. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 are projects. They can be done in any order but it is recommended to start with chapter 4.

 

Which languages does the online platform support?

The Arduino Engineering online platform is currently available in English and Spanish. More languages will be added soon!

 

What engineering concepts are covered? 

  • The kit covers an introduction to:
  • Mechatronics: DC motors, servos, encoders, motor drivers, PWM signals etc
  • Model based design
  • Control theory: PD control
  • Image and signal processing
  • Data visualization and analysis
  • Applied physics and mathematics
  • Text based programming with MATLAB®
  • Visual programming with Simulink.

 

What projects are included in the Arduino Engineering Kit Rev2?

  • Self-balancing motorcycle: Design a control system to keep this motorcycle upright using a flywheel for balance. 
  • Webcam controlled  rover: Build and program a rover that can navigate between given reference points using a camera to locate its position and move objects with a forklift mechanism
  • Drawing robot: Build and program a robot that can duplicate any drawing it’s given on a whiteboard


What are the differences between Arduino Engineering Kit Rev1 and Rev2?

The main differences are that the Rev2 kit features:

  • Optimized compact hardware design with the new professional Arduino Nano 33 IoT
  • Improved battery management with the custom Nano Motor Carrier Board
  • Improved box and kitting for better classroom management and cargo safety
  • Enhanced robot performance with new Simulink models
  • Reduced assembly time and improved overall performance with better mechanical  structure designs
  • Content is upgraded and available on a new online platform for better user experience
  • Upgraded MATLAB® and Simulink® to 2020A version

 

I have an Arduino Engineering Kit Rev1. Can I update it to Rev2?

Since the hardware is different in Rev2 it also has a different online platform with updated content. To get the new hardware and access to the updated online platform you need to purchase the Rev2. However, you can also choose to continue using your Rev1 and its online platform.

 

What operating system is required?

The Arduino Engineering Kit R2 requires one of the following operating systems: 

Windows: 

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows 10 (version 1803 or higher)
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016

Mac:

  • macOS Big Sur (11)
  • macOS Catalina (10.15)
  • macOS Mojave (10.14)


Note: macOS High Sierra (10.13) is no longer supported
         On macOS Mojave, version 10.14.6 is recommended.
 
Linux:

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Debian 10
  • Debian 9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (minimum 7.5)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 (minimum SP2)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 15
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (minimum SP2) 
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15

Note:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is no longer supported.
Support for Debian 9 will be discontinued in an upcoming release.


Can I get replacement parts?

Yes, you can purchase the Engineering Kit Motors Backup and the USB Cable type A male to micro type be male, as replacement parts for the Arduino Engineering Kit R2.

 

Are MATLAB® and Simulink® included or do I have to pay extra?

One Arduino Engineering Kit includes a one-year free trial license of MATLAB®, Simulink® and other add-on products for one individual. This license is for educational use only, not for government, research, commercial, or other organizational use.

 

Can I transfer the code for accessing the learning material and the MATLAB® and Simulink® trial to another person?

The code for the MathWorks trial license and access to the online platform are NOT transferable.