Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Driving mBot


mBot is an easy-to-program, versatile robot, capable of many different tasks. In this activity, students first play with mBot using the remote control that is included with mBot. Students then use the Makeblock app to remotely control mBot and get a sense of the advantages and limitations of the app. When students transition to the mBlock Blockly app in the next activity, the advantages of coding with mBot become apparent.

If you are new to mBot and coding, we recommend reading Getting Started with mBot. This getting-started guide contains tips for working with mBot as well as an overview of the iOS and Android apps used in this module. You can find Getting Started with mBot in the Electronic Resources.


  • Become familiar with the Makeblock app for iOS or Android.
  • Gain experience driving mBot using pre-programmed actions (no coding required).
  • Make a map and successfully create a path for mBot.

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?

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The downloadable file contains the student instructions in PDF and Word format as well as the teacher information.

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Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles

See other experiments from the lab book.

C1Manual Drive
C2Obstacle Avoidance
C3Guided Navigation
C4Safety Features
C5Cruise Control
C6Driving Outside the Lines
C7Security and Emergency Systems
C8Autonomous Parking and mBot-to-mBot Communication
C9Changing Lanes
M1Driving mBot
M2Teaching mBot to Drive by Itself
M3Point, Pivot, Swing!
M4Simplifying with Loops
M5Watch the Road
M6Walk the Line
M7Avoiding Obstacles
M8Use Your Lights!
M9Sounds and Security Systems
M10Driving Safely
M11Autonomous Parking
M12Put mBot to Work
M13Give mBot Some Personality

Experiment M1 from Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles Lab Book

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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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