Challenge your students with Dr E

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Dr E’s WeDo Challenges and Dr E’s MINDSTORMS Challenges are gearing up for a new series of activities, starting in October 2016. Created by Professor Ethan Danahy of Tufts University, these sites encourage students from around the world to find creative solutions to open-ended problems using LEGO robotics and then share their creations with one another. The sites […]

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Running MINDSTORMS NXT on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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As a number of Mac users have discovered to their chagrin that the MINDSTORMS NXT Software (NXT-G) crashes on Apple computers running OS X Yosemite. The issue seems to be a problem with loading the Flash content into the MINDSTORMS NXT Software. One workaround is to disable the Flash content, which shows up in the Lobby […]

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Dr E’s MINDSTORMS and WeDo Challenges: New Season

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Trick or Treat! The new challenge season has started for Dr E’s MINDSTORMS Challenges and Dr E’s WeDo Challenges, with a special joint Halloween challenge–to make a trick-or-treating robot. Every month, each site features a new open-ended challenge. Participants create solutions using either MINDSTORMS or WeDo and post their creations on the site. At the […]

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Boom-gate intersection (EV3 Hackathon 2015)

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On 27 February 2015, a small group of EDGErs went to LEGOLAND for an EV3 Hackathon. This post documents one of the projects that came out of the event. For the EV3 Hackathon, Magee and I built a low-tech intersection–one that controls traffic flow using boom gates rather than bluetooth signals. Since the cars were […]

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EV3 gone wrong: What to do when your EV3 stops working

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The EV3 brick is a wonderful piece of technology, but like all technology, it sometimes has glitches. Here are some possible problems starting, stopping, and connecting the EV3 brick, with suggested solutions. Starting/stopping issues: The EV3 brick is dead after a battery change. The battery connection may be bad. Check the battery springs to make […]

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Project rules to foster collaboration, not chaos

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 Projects are an engaging way to teach STEM concepts, engineering design, and a host of soft skills—collaboration, communication, resilience. However, a project-based classroom can easily veer towards chaos and ugly competition. How do you encourage students to tackle open-ended, creative, and challenging projects while fostering an atmosphere of cooperation and generosity? After a good deal […]

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Dr E’s MINDSTORMS and WeDo Challenges

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Dr E has just added a new challenge site, Dr E’s MINDSTORMS Challenges, to go with the existing WeDo Challenges site. Both sites feature monthly robotics challenges consisting of open-ended problems that encourage students to use their creativity and problem-solving skills. Students from around the world video their solutions and upload them to the Dr […]

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EV3 books

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MINDSTORMS EV3 books (listed alphabetically by author) Bagnall, Brian. Maximum LEGO EV3 Programming Benedettelli, Daniele. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory: Build, Program, and Experiment with Five Wicked Cool Robots! Bratzel, Barbara. STEM by Design: Teaching with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Garber, Gary. Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Griffin, Terry. The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming Isogawa, Yoshihito. […]

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