You've got an RP2040 Pico and some motors and a burning desire to get them working together. This guide is here for you!

In it, you can pick among different types of motors/drives and learn how to wire them up and control them using CircuitPython!

With lots of pins, and a "it's OK if it breaks" price, the Pico is great for robotics projects, and thanks to CircuitPython its also incredibly easy to use DC motors, Servo motors, Stepper motors and Solenoids.

Let's get this motor party started!

Parts

Raspberry Pi Pico RP2040 with Loose Unsoldered Headers
The Raspberry Pi foundation changed single-board computing when they released the Raspberry Pi computer, now they're...
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Raspberry Pi Pico RP2040
The Raspberry Pi foundation changed single-board computing when they released the Raspberry Pi computer, now they're ready to...
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Standard servo - TowerPro SG-5010
This high-torque standard servo can rotate approximately 180 degrees (90 in each direction). You can use any servo code, hardware or library to control these servos. Good for beginners...
$12.00
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DC Gearbox Motor - "TT Motor" - 200RPM - 3 to 6VDC
Perhaps you've been assembling a new robot friend, adding a computer for a brain and other fun personality touches. Now the time has come to let it leave the nest and fly on...
$2.95
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L9110H H-Bridge Motor Driver for DC Motors - 8 DIP
Run two solenoids, or a single DC motor with up to 800mA per channel using the super-simple L9110H H-bridge driver. This bridge chip is an 8 DIP package so it's easy to fit onto...
$1.50
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Orange and Clear TT Motor Wheel for TT DC Gearbox Motor
Usually when one needs an orange wheel it's a garnish for a cocktail, like a tasty Sidecar. And speaking of cars, this wheel is for driving, not...
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Small Reduction Stepper Motor - 5VDC 32-Step 1/64 Gearing
This is a great first stepper motor, good for small projects and experimenting with steppers. This uni-polar motor has a built in mounting plate with two mounting holes. There are only...
$4.95
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Adafruit DRV8833 DC/Stepper Motor Driver Breakout Board
Spin two DC motors or step one bi-polar or uni-polar stepper with up to 1.2A per channel using the DRV8833. This motor driver chip is a nice alternative to the TB6612 driver. Like that...
$4.95
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Mini Push-Pull Solenoid - 5V
Solenoids are basically electromagnets: they are made of a coil of copper wire with an armature (a slug of metal) in the middle. When the coil is energized, the slug is pulled into the...
$4.95
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47uF 25V Electrolytic Capacitors - Pack of 10
We like capacitors so much we made a kids show about them. ...
$1.95
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N-channel power MOSFET
When you need to switch a lot of power, N channel MOSFETs are best for the job. These FETs can switch over 60A and 30V and are TO-220 package so they fit nicely into any breadboard or...
$1.75
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1N4001 Diode - 10 pack
This here is a 10 pack of the classic 1N4001 power blocking diode. These are good for reverse polarity protection (put it between your DC power jack and circuitry to avoid a...
$1.50
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Colorful Round Tactile Button Switch Assortment - 15 pack
Little clicky switches are standard input "buttons" on electronic projects. These work best in a PCB but can be...
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Full sized breadboard
This is a 'full-size' breadboard, 830 tie points. Good for small and medium projects. It's 2.2" x 7" (5.5 cm x 17 cm) with a standard double-strip in the middle...
$5.95
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Hook-up Wire Spool Set - 22AWG Solid Core - 6 x 25 ft
Perfect for bread-boarding, free wiring, etc. This box contains 6 spools of solid-core wire. The wire is easy to solder to and when bent it keeps its shape pretty well. We like to have...
$15.95
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Power

4 x AA Battery Holder with 2.1mm Plug and On/Off Switch
Here's another addition to our growing family of AA battery holders. Behold! A holder for four (4) AA batteries!...
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Female DC Power adapter - 2.1mm jack to screw terminal block
If you need to connect a DC power wall wart to a board that doesn't have a DC jack - this adapter will come in very handy! There is a 2.1mm DC jack on one end, and a screw terminal...
$2.00
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Alkaline AA batteries (LR6) - 4 pack
Battery power for your portable project! These batteries are good quality at a good price, and work fantastic with any of the kits or projects in the shop that use AAs. This is a...
$2.95
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Tools

Automatic Self-Adjusting Wire Strippers and Cutter
If you've got a lot of wire-stripping to do, you may want to try out an automatic stripper/cutter! They are fantastic for stripping and cutting stranded and solid-core 24 or...
$11.95
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This guide was first published on Feb 17, 2021. It was last updated on 2021-02-17 14:48:05 -0500.

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