Vernier Software and Technology
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Avoiding Obstacles


One of mBot's defaults programs allows it to detect and move around obstacles. In this activity, students learn how to recreate part of the obstacle-avoidance behavior using data from the Ultrasonic Sensor.


  • Learn to how the Ultrasonic Sensor operates.
  • Use the output of the Ultrasonic Sensor to trigger events an mBot program.
  • Apply an understanding of the Ultrasonic Sensor to mimic the actions required of real-world autonomous vehicles.
  • Practice writing code and 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?

Experiment M7 from Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles Activities Module Lab Book

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

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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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