1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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. Quick advice: If you are new to LEGO robotics and working with children ten and older, the EV3 kit is probably your best bet. For a classroom, choose...

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  6. Additional LabVIEW basics

    Additional LabVIEW basics

    Automatic Tool Selection:  When the tool selection window at the top of the tool palette is lit green, LabVIEW will select whichever tool appears to be the correct one. When the tool selection window is dark, the user must select the appropriate tool. The tab key can be used to...

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  7. NXT third wheel

    NXT third wheel

    A simple two-motor NXT car needs a non-powered wheel (or wheels) of some type. A single wheel is often a good choice, since it is simple to build and makes turning the car easier than a pair of non-powered wheels. In fact, the “wheel” does not need to be a...

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