LEGO Engineering Symposium 2011

John Heffernan - Rewards and Challenges

The LEGO Engineering Symposium is an annual gathering at Tufts University of educators, researchers, curriculum developers and other educational stakeholder who are looking to advance the state of K-16 education using hands-on tools. LEGO Engineering Symposium 2011 focused on pushing the envelope of what’s possible with new ways of thinking about student thinking, new ways of […]

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LabView examples: Programming structures

Acceleration and case structure

These examples (PDF) demonstrate the use of programming structures in LabVIEW. Acceleration and Case Structure This example shows how to use shift registers and case structures to produce an effect similar to acceleration. If the sensor is pressed, the motors stop, but otherwise power is slowly added to the motors. Basic Modulus This program shows the […]

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Music box

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Design and construct a working music box in which LEGO mini-figures move while a song plays. This lesson is one in a series of introductory lessons that is applicable to all types of robotics kits. The lessons are geared to students in early primary to middle school (depending on the lesson). Additional material, specific to certain kits, […]

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Peak performance

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Design and develop a car that is capable of traveling across flat surfaces quickly, but can also negotiate a steep ramp. Note: The WeDo version of the car remains tethered to the computer via the USB cable and therefore cannot travel very far.    Tip 1: What gear train yields the best compromise between rotational […]

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LEGO Engineering Symposium 2010

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The 4th Annual LEGO Engineering Symposium was hosted by the CEEO at Tufts University on June 8-10, 2010. The symposium offered a series of presentations and hands-on development labs to nearly 90 participants over the course of the 3 days. The presentations and development lab summaries can be downloaded.  Tuesday presentations Wallenborg & Brevik – […]

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Fan-tastic

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Design and construct a LEGO fan with at least one sensor and program it to run at variable speeds and have a stop/start function. Note: the RCX and NXT versions of the attachments use two touch sensors while the WeDo version uses the tilt sensor.      This lesson is one in a series of […]

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Mountain rescue (Ramp climber)

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What is the best design for cars used by people on sloping paths? Construct a car that is capable of climbing steep inclines.     What is torque and why is it important? This lesson is one in a series of introductory lessons that is applicable to all types of robotics kits. The lessons are […]

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LEGO Engineering Symposium 2009

Artful themes

The 3rd Annual LEGO Engineering Symposium was hosted by the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University on June 1-2, 2009. Under the theme of “LEGO Engineering for Girls: Building a diverse learning environment with LEGO”, the symposium offered a series of presentations and hands-on development labs to nearly 90 participants over the course of […]

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