Running MINDSTORMS NXT on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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

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)

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

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

 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

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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MIT curriculum uses LEGO bricks to teach science concepts

The Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has curriculum for teaching science concepts using LEGO bricks (not robotics, just bricks). Units include Chemical Reactions, Photosynthesis, Understanding Air, and DNA. The lesson plans can be downloaded from the site; the center also sells classrooms sets that include the LEGO bricks and other materials.

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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 tested in classrooms. For more […]

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