Barcodes and Edison

Learn about robotics with Edison, no coding required!

This activity book is a great place to get started with Edison. Edison’s robotics capabilities can be unlocked with ease through simple barcode programs included in this activity book. Work through the book having your Edison robot read the included special barcodes that activate pre-programmed features, such as line following, obstacle avoidance, sumo wrestling and much more!

What’s inside?

Explore robotics fundamentals, discover how the Edison robot’s sensors work, and learn interesting ‘EdFacts’ about electronics as you work through this activity book using 15 different barcodes for Edison to scan. Work through seven fun robot activities:

  1. Clap controlled driving
  2. Avoid obstacles
  3. Follow a torch/flashlight
  4. Line tracking
  5. Bounce in borders
  6. Sumo wrestle
  7. Remote control driving (with a standard TV or DVD remote control)

The activity book also includes instructions for calibrating the sensitivity of the Edison robot’s obstacle detection.


Additional resources

Download EdBook1 Your EdVenture into Robotics – You’re a Controller (MS Word open source document)

Download the barcode list (includes the barcodes from EdBook1 and the numbered TV/DVD barcodes)

Want to see what the barcode programs look like in EdWare? Download the EdWare robot programs from EdBook1


Get the EdBook1 activity book in other languages

Download EdBook1 Ton EdVenture en Robotique Tu es un Pilote (French by Frédéric Collonval) 

Download EdBook1 Your EdVenture into Robotics – You’re a controller (Japanese by hassaku)

Download EdBook1-Sinu-seiklus-robootikas-Sina-oled-juht (Estonian by Hasso Tepper) 

Download Твое путешествие в мир роботов Ты управляешь (Russian by Mykola Yudenko)

Download EdBook1-Tu-EdAventura-en-Robotica-Eres-un-Controlador (Spanish byJuan Fernando Perales)

Download Jouw EdVontuur met Robots -Je bent een Bestuurder (Dutch by Inne ten Have)

Download La tua “EdVentura” nella Robotica -Tu sei un controller (Italian by Luigi Valmachino)

Download EdBook1 Abenteuer mit Robotern Du bist ein Steuermann (German by Peter Zeller)

Download Twoja przygoda z robotyką! Jesteś kontrolerem (Polish by Kinga Wójcik, Kacper Jackiewicz, Krystian Metera With help from Karol Sieńkowski, Malwina Sankowska )

Download Tvé EdVenture v Robotice Ty to řídíš (Czech by Petr Weissar )

Download Εισαγωγή στη ρομποτική Εσύ δίνεις τις εντολές (Greek by Maria Georgantopoulou)

Download EdKirja1 EdSeikkailusi Robotiikkaan Olet ohjaimissa (Finnish by Rampe)

Download EdKniha1 Dobrodružstvá v robotike  Ovládaj (SK by Scholaris s.r.o.)

Download EdKitap1-Robotbilim-icindeki-EdMaceralarınız-Sen-bir-kontrolörsün (Turkish by Gökhan Kaya from

Download EdBook1 You’re a controller (Turkish by Levent Yildiz at Kode Maker Akademi)

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