Vernier Software and Technology
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Teaching mBot to Drive by Itself


In this activity, students get their first experience writing code for mBot using the mBlock Blockly app. Coding movement into a program is required in many of the activities in this module. Ideally students will recognize that they can control mBot much more precisely with code than they can remotely using the Makeblock app.


  • Become familiar with the mBlock Blockly app (for iOS or Android).
  • Write an mBot program using the mBlock Blockly app.
  • Practice coding movement commands.
  • Run a program on mBot.
  • Practice troubleshooting when problems arise.

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?

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 M2 from Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles Lab Book

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

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