Smart Blocks work for EV3, SPIKE™, Zappy, and Ruby!
Smart Blocks are a great way to improve your coding skills and speed up your progress. They are basically a way to create functions.
Check out this video tutorial on YouTube.
To create a Smart Block simply follow these instructions:
- Click the 'Add Smart Block' button in the Blockly tool bar.
- Click '+ New Smart Block'. A pop up will open.
- Name your Smart Block and click 'Create'.
Note: your Smart Block's name should be short and meaningful, and can include letters and numbers, but cannot include empty spaces or unique symbols. Here are some examples:
Do Don't Turn90Right turn 90 degrees to the right Drive10sec newblock! DriveSquare smart block #2
- A new Blockly tab will open with a 'define' block.
- Add your code within the define block.
When done, simply click the 'Main' tab to go back to your main code editor.
- Open the Smart Blocks category.
Your newly created Smart Block will be available there as a 'Call [SmartBlockName]' block.
When your code is executed, the Call block will cause the code in your Smart Block to run
Here is how to create a Smart Block that will make your robot turn 90 degrees to the right:
Tips and Tricks - and a word of caution!
You can duplicate, remove, edit, clear, and delete a Smart Block from your user by clicking the options icon when inside your Smart Block tab:
Keep in mind that doing any of these in one mission or project will result in the action being performed throughout your user. Tread with caution!