Assessing student work in robotics and engineering

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In this video, Professor Ethan Danahy from Tufts University provides insights to his philosophies of assessment within his first-year intro-to-engineering course on robotics (using LEGO MINDSTORMS and LabVIEW Graphical Programming) and the techniques he uses for numerically evaluating his students throughout the semester. In evaluating group projects, a midterm exam, and leveraging peer evaluation, Prof. […]

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Open Roberta: Beta 1.3.0 released

Open Roberta

A new version of Open Roberta (beta 1.3.0) was recently released, and includes a 2D simulation of a robot with differential drive. This is a simulation of a two-dimensional robot model equipped with two wheels (differential drive), an ultrasonic sensor, a touch sensor, a color sensor, and the display of an LED. In addition, different […]

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GPS accuracy testing with LEGO bricks

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Unlike normal GPS units, commonly found in smartphones or your car, that are accurate to roughly three meters, differential GPS uses two GPS receivers to get a reported accuracy of three centimeters! That’s a little over an inch! If this holds true, differential GPS could be used for a range of high precision applications. This […]

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LEGO Engineering Symposium 2016 and Teacher Awards

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Planning is under way for the return of the LEGO Engineering Symposium in 2016, the first since 2011. The first LEGO Engineering Symposium was held at Tufts University in Boston in 2007, and provided classroom teachers with the opportunity to inspire and support each other in how to use LEGO products to foster engineering in […]

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How to reconnect a task split

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This article describes a method for “reconnecting” the separate paths of an EV3 program after a task split. It’s usually best to avoid task splits where possible, especially because of the risk of them leading to a “race condition” (more of this later in a separate post) but sometimes they’re hard to avoid. Let’s say […]

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Mathematics and LEGO robotics at CIPCE

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The Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has published a substantial collection of lessons and units aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics (CCLSM) that make use of the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 and NXT. The modules (lessons and units) that form the collection have been designed and taught […]

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2015 Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators

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Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is pleased to announce the return of our Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators. This year, we will have two sessions. The first will be Beginner EV3 and will be offered July 27-31, 2015. The second will be Intermediate EV3 and will be offered on August 3-7, […]

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Robot programming for absolute beginners

Robot programming for absolute beginners

Rowan University has recently announced a LEGO EV3 version of the popular “Robot Programming for Absolute Beginners” MOOC (following in the footsteps of their previous MOOC that covered LEGO NXT hardware and software). “Got a LEGO EV3 robot kit but don’t know where to begin? Come learn the basics of LEGO EV3 Robot Programming and […]

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