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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EV3 books

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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General LEGO Technic and robotics books

General robotics/LEGO Technic books (listed alphabetically by author) Baumann, Claude. Eureka! Problem Solving with LEGO Robotics Ceceri, Kathy and Sam Carbaugh. Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects Gura, Mark. Getting Started with LEGO Robotics: A Guide for K-12 Educators Heffernan, John. Elementary Robotics: Sustaining the Natural Engineering Instincts of Children Isogawa, […]

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WeDo books

WeDo books (listed alphabetically by author) Dolata, Jan, Aleksander Gruszczynski, Ola Syrocka and Piotr Marszalkowski. Bathyscaphe WeDo ebook (LEGO WeDo building & programming instruction guide 1) Dolata, Jan, Aleksander Gruszczynski, Ola Syrocka and Piotr Marszalkowski. Windmill WeDo ebook (LEGO WeDo building & programming instruction guide 2) Kee, Damien and Fay Rhodes. Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: […]

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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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