I am currently working on a project/kit via sparkfun.com (https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/building-the-hub-ee-buggy/the-best-laid-plans) That is the tutorial that I have been following. I have been following the steps and have gotten to the point where my RedBoard (powered by Arduino Uno) needs code. When I plug it into the computer and upload the code, the 13, RX and the TX lights flash a couple of times. I then plug my board into my protoshield, plug in my power source, and nothing happens. The green "on" light actually goes off when I plug the pins together.
I am pretty knew to electronics, but have been able to troubleshoot and work my way to this point. I have been searching for about a week now and haven't found any solutions to the problem. The two motors are connected to the 5V pins, and they are both grounded on the same GND pin. I am not sure how familiar everyone will be with the "RedBoard" but it has the power and the mini-usb on it. The power is connected to a four pack of double A batteries. When the power and usb cord are plugged in, the board gets very very hot.
Any suggestions/help would be awesome! Thanks!