Motors can be used for all sorts of things, besides just moving your robot. For instance, they could also be used as part of a mechanism to collect cubes. However you decide to use them, they're really simple to control.
When you control motors, you can choose how much power you want to give them. This is expressed as a percentage, so 0% means a stopped motor and 100% means a motor at full power.
Avoid immediately starting your motors at 100%. This may cause them to stall. Instead, start at a lower value such as 20% and work your way up.
If you want to spin your motors in reverse, just stick a negative sign in front of your percentage.
You can control motors using the
motors property of the
Robot object. To set the power of the first motor to 20% use:
R.motors = 20
If you are using the mini-bot or similar motors. Do not exceed a motor power of 25% otherwise they will burn out.
To control the second motor instead, replace
To stop both motors:
R.motors = 0 R.motors = 0
Here's a more complete example:
import robot R = robot.Robot() # set motor 1 to 20% power R.motors = 20 # set motor 2 to 20% power in the backwards direction R.motors = -20 # turn both motors off R.motors = 0 R.motors = 0
Blocks for controlling motors can be found in the Movement section.