Recently we learned how to program the Ryze Tello using Scratch. However, the experience wasn’t intuitive and it didn’t work as well as we believe it should. In order to get the drone to do what we really wanted it would require quite a bit of tinkering. Upon searching the internet we found another way. Droneblocks.
What is Droneblocks?
Droneblocks is a tool that allows you to drag and drop commands for your drone. The drone will then fly those commands in the sequence you choose. It looked pretty simple so we thought we’d give it a try.
Droneblocks and the Tello
In order to fly your Tello using Droneblocks you’ll have to download it from the app store. It is a free iOS app and hopefully will be available on Android soon. Once you have the app you’ll need to connect your smartphone to the Tello’s WiFi network. From there you’ll have to connect the Tello by pressing the menu in the upper right and choose the connect to Tello button. Once you have connected you can start programming.
Programming the Tello
To program the Tello using Droneblocks you simply drag and drop the commands from the menu on the left. There are plenty of navigation moves to choose from and you can customize altitude and speed . You can add loops and logic, math and variables as you decide how complex you want to make your mission. Once you have everything planned out you can preview the mission code, save the mission or launch the mission from the menu on the right.
Using Droneblocks is both easier and more reliable in our experience than trying to program the Tello using Scratch. We would definitely recommend giving it a try. You don’t have to be an experienced coder to get your Tello up in the air with Droneblocks.
Drones in Education
Droneblocks was built to help get kids excited about coding and programming. As an educator myself, I have to applaud them. I will be sharing Droneblocks with students at our local high school aeronautics class as part of the upcoming multicopter unit.
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