1. STEM curriculum from Georgia Tech

    STEM curriculum from Georgia Tech

    The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has posted their new SLIDER curriculum, Science Learning Integrating Design, Engineering, and Robotics, on their website, slider.gatech.edu. The problem-based curriculum includes two units, Energy and Force and Motion. It is geared towards middle school students (ages ten through fourteen) and has been extensively...

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  2. Dr E’s WeDo Challenges

    Dr E’s WeDo Challenges

      “Make a device to help with some kitchen task–a pancake flipper, a salt shaker, or whatever you can imagine. Your device must include a motor or a sensor (or better yet, both!)” So began the April challenge on the Dr E’s WeDo Challenge website. Participants had one month to...

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  3. Using EV3 software to run the NXT

    Using EV3 software to run the NXT

    The new EV3 software is backwards compatible with the NXT. But what exactly does this mean? What works? What doesn’t work? What sort of works? Here is a quick rundown: Programming: The NXT can be programmed using the EV3 software. Most of the blocks work well. Obviously, features that are...

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  4. EV3 rechargeable battery issue

    EV3 rechargeable battery issue

    Some of the new EV3 rechargeable batteries have a circuit error and do not work properly. After you recharge one of these defective batteries, install it in the EV3, and turn on the EV3, you will see a brief red flash and then nothing. The problems is just with the...

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  5. How to update the EV3 firmware

    How to update the EV3 firmware

    How to update the firmware on the EV3 using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 software: First, make sure that the EV3 is on and connected to the computer. Under Tools on the menu at the top of the screen, choose Firmware Update. A pop-up window will appear, showing you the...

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  6. Managing a project-based robotics classroom

    Managing a project-based robotics classroom

    Running a project-based robotics classroom often raises new and different issues than those found in more traditional classrooms. Here are some tips for classroom management. Project Rules Set clear expectations for students. A sample list of project rules is included below. Enforcing clear behavior guidelines improves the tone in the...

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  7. Which LEGO kit?

    Which LEGO kit?

    Getting started with LEGO robotics can feel overwhelming because there are so many options. Here is a brief guide to the various kits.  EV3 (educational and retail versions) Newest programmable brick. Kit comes with programmable brick, motors, sensors and LEGO technic parts. Suitable for ages ten and up. Used in...

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