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Can I do STEAM lessons with just the SAM Studio app and not the blocks?

Yes, you can do all of the STEAM lessons on SAM Space without the blocks. There is a feature called 'Virtual blocks'. You can use the Virtual blocks in place of the physical blocks to create and test your systems.


To use the Virtual blocks on SAM Space, follow the steps below:

  1. First make sure they are enabled in the SAM Space settings by clicking on the settings button on the right side of your workspace. Screenshot 2021-02-22 at 12.11.13
  2. Once your settings is open, find 'Show Virtual blocks'. Make sure the bar next to 'Show Virtual blocks' is blue, if it is grey, simply click on it.  Screenshot 2021-02-22 at 12.18.53
  3. Close the settings. You can now find your Virtual blocks in the 'Inputs' and 'Outputs' tabs on the bottom of your workspace. Screenshot 2021-02-22 at 12.27.23
  4. Select the block you would like to use and drag it onto the work space. If you selected an Input, You will find a filled in dot above the block. Click or drag the dot and watch your Virtual block react! Screenshot 2021-02-22 at 12.33.19

Note: To use the Virtual blocks, drag and drop them onto the screen, following the same process as you would with the physical blocks.