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Lesson 2: Driving with the EXP Controller

Learn

Before you can drive the BaseBot in the Drive a Figure Eight challenge, you first need to learn how to drive the BaseBot using the Controller.

Driver Control Program

There is a program already built into the Brain that allows you to drive the BaseBot using the Controller without having to write any code. View the screen recording below and follow along to run the Driver Control program on the Brain.

The steps to open the Driver Control program on the Brain include:

  1. Press the checkmark to select the highlighted Drive program. 
  2. Press the checkmark again to run the program.
  3. To stop the program, select the 'X' button.

Controller Configurations

There are four different configurations of the Driver Control program on the Brain: Left Arcade, Right Arcade, Split Arcade, and Tank drive. Follow the steps below to learn what each of the four configurations are and how to select them on the Brain.

View the screen recording to see how to select a Controller configuration for the Driver Control program on the Brain. The steps include:

  1. Press the checkmark to select the highlighted Drive program.
  2. Use the arrows to highlight the "Controls" option.
  3. Press the checkmark to select the highlighted Controls option.
  4. Toggle through the four different drive options by pressing the checkmark. 

Each of the four driver control options allows you to control the BaseBot using the joysticks in different ways.

Configuration Description

Joystick Controls

Left Arcade Control Screen

Left Arcade

Drive the BaseBot forward, reverse, left, and right all using the left joystick.

image of left arcade icon- use left joystick to move robot forward, reverse, and to turn left and right
Right Arcade Control Screen

Right Arcade

Drive the BaseBot forward, reverse, left, and right all using the right joystick.

image of right arcade icon- use right joystick to move robot forward, reverse, and to turn left and right
Split Arcade Control Screen

Split Arcade

Drive the BaseBot left and right using the left joystick, and forward and reverse using the right joystick.

image of split arcade icon- use left joystick to move robot forward, reverse, and the right joystick to turn left and right
Tank Drive Control Screen

Tank Drive

Drive the left motor of the BaseBot using the left joystick, and the right motor of the BaseBot using the right joystick.

image of tank drive icon- 	 Tank Drive  Drive the left motor of the BaseBot using the left joystick, and the right motor of the BaseBot using the right joystick.

 

Check Your Understanding

Before moving on to the Practice section, ensure that you understand the concepts covered on this page by answering the questions in the document below in your engineering notebook. 

Check Your Understanding questions Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

 


Select Next > to practice using the driver control programs with your BaseBot.