Well, I have taken another look at robotics and realized why I stopped in the first place. I can't seem to get the picaxe to be recognized by the computer. I am using a serial cord, and power is definitely getting to the picaxe. I have tried too many times to locate the problem and thought that second pair of eyes might be helpful. Below I have attached a photo of what I have done with the 28x1 picaxe. Thanks for your help!