Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Manual Drive


In this initial activity, students recreate the functionality of Mode A–Manual Drive of the Default Program. Students are given a quick introduction to mBlock programing as they create their first program. Students learn how to control mBot with the IR Remote Control as well as how to turn on the LEDs. In the following activities in this module, students reuse and build upon these programs.


  • Learn about the three pre-programmed modes of operation of the Default Program.
  • Practice writing code, uploading and running a program on mBot, and troubleshooting code when problems arise.
  • Learn about using the IR Remote Control with mBot.
  • Practice using variables, "if-then-else" blocks, and loops in mBlock.
  • Learn about using the LEDs on mBot.
  • Write code to develop a basic manual-drive program for mBot.
  • Understand the importance of adding comments to programs.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Standards

Create clearly named variables that represent different data types and perform operations on their values.
Design and iteratively develop programs that combine control structures, including nested loops and compound conditionals.
Decompose problems and subproblems into parts to facilitate design, implementation, and review of programs.
Document programs in order to make them easier to follow, test, and debug.

Experiment C1 from Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles Activities Module Lab Book

<i>Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles</i> Activities Module book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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