Hello, Crumble!

The Crumble controller is a mini computer that can be programmed to make crafty creations, games and robots light-up, buzz and move.  

The Crumble was invented and is manufactured in the UK by our very own Sniff.

Hello, Crumble!

The Crumble controller is a mini computer that can be programmed to make crafty creations, games and robots light-up, buzz and move.  

The Crumble was invented and is manufactured in the UK by our very own Sniff.

Why the Crumble Controller?

We love hands-on learning and you will see that reflected in all of our kits. Instead of programming for the screen, the Crumble enables learners to discover how computers work by coding creations, games, and robots that they can physically interact with.

Block-based Coding

Programming the Crumble is as simple as snapping together visual blocks of code.

Builds Confidence

Learners can quickly see their inventions comes to life, helping grow their creative confidence.

Makes Connections

The Crumble provides extensive opportunities to connect computing with other subjects and interests.

Tested By Schools

Since 2014, the Crumble has been tested by kids and teachers in schools worldwide.

Block-based Coding

Programming the Crumble is as simple as snapping together visual blocks of code.

Builds Confidence

Learners can quickly see their inventions come to life, helping to grow their creative confidence.

Makes Connections

The Crumble provides extensive opportunities to connect computing with other subjects and interests.

Tested By Kids

Since 2014, the Crumble has been tested by kids and teachers in schools worldwide.

“Connecting the virtual world with something that is real, physical, and tangible, can be a real motivating factor for students who are used to purely screen-based programming.”

James Robinson, Raspberry Pi Foundation.

How It Works

1

The Crumble is connected to a computer using a USB cable.

2

Electronic components such as LEDs, motors, buzzers and sensors are connected to the Crumble, using crocodile leads.

3

The free block-based coding software is used to program each of the components to work as desired.

4

The Crumble is disconnected from the computer and turned into a creation of your choice. From wizard staffs and disco balls to Crumblebots and more. The decision is yours.

How It Works

1

The Crumble is connected to a computer using a USB cable.

2

Electronic components such as LEDs, motors, buzzers and sensors are connected to the Crumble, using crocodile leads.

3

The Crumble is connected to a computer using a USB cable.

4

The Crumble is disconnected from the computer and turned into a creation of your choice. From wizard staffs and disco balls to Crumblebots and more. The decision is yours.

Download Crumble Software

To get started with the Crumble you will need to download the free block-based programming language.

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You will need

  • A PC (Windows 7 SP1 or later) or Mac (OS X 10.9 (64-bit) and above) with a USB port and keyboard.
  • Internet access.
  • USB cable.
  • The Crumble.
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Download software

  • In a web browser, navigate to the Crumble software download page on the Redfern Electronics** website:

redfernelectronics.co.uk/crumble-software/

  • Click on the green download image appropriate for your computer.
  • When prompted, approve the installation.
  • On a Mac, a pop-up may appear may appear that states the developer cannot be confirmed. Click OK.
  • On a PC, you will be asked permission to install software. Click on YES.
3

Test the connection

  • Using the USB cable provided, connect the Crumble to the USB port on the computer that you have installed the software on.
  • Insert the small end of the cable into the micro USB port on the Crumble.
  • Insert the larger end of the cable into the USB port on your computer.
  • Open the Crumble software and click on the green Play icon. 
  • You will use this icon to send instructions to the Crumble.
  • If everything is working, you will see the text “Programming Successful 0%”.
  • It may take a minute or two for your computer to make the connection. If you fail to get any connection after several minutes, try a different USB port.
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Get creating

  • You are now all set to get crafty coding with the Crumble. Return to the page 16 in the Discover Computing workbook and enjoy!

* Crumble for Chromebooks will be fully supported soon (a beta version is currently available in the Chrome Web Store).

** Redfern Electronics is Sniff’s electronics supplies company. That’s why we can say Crumble for Chromebooks will be available soon 😉

Head over to our online shed to discover a virtual land full of Crumble creations and games.