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The STEAM lessons use Buttons and Sliders but the STEAM Kit doesn't include them. What do I do?

Although the STEAM Kits don't contain physical Buttons, Sliders or a Tilt sensor, you can still complete the STEAM Lessons by using Virtual blocks or purchasing a Maker kit as an add on.


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.