Vernier Software and Technology
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Autonomous Parking and mBot-to-mBot Communication


During this activity, students practice their mBot programming skills by guiding mBot through various parking scenarios, including finding a parking space, parallel parking, and perpendicular parking. Additionally, students learn how to use the IR transmitter and receiver (built into mCore) to send and receive messages from one mBot to another. Students use mBot-to-mBot communication to simulate a traffic light and to prevent head-on collisions between mBots.


  • Practice writing, running, and troubleshooting mBot code.
  • Learn how to use the "send mBot’s message" and "mBot’s message received" blocks to communicate from one mBot to another.

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.
Create procedures with parameters to organize code and make it easier to reuse.
Systematically test and refine programs using a range of test cases.
Document programs in order to make them easier to follow, test, and debug.

Experiment C8 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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