2016 Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators

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The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is pleased to announce the return of our Summer LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators. Beginning EV3 Workshop July 18-22, 2016 9:00-4:00 $650 LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is a powerful and engaging tool for teaching engineering, technology, science, and math. Tufts University’s CEEO Summer LEGO Engineering Institute gives […]

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General Advice for Getting Started

General Advice

To help you get started with LEGO robotics and engineering in the classroom, here is a collection of posts related to classroom management, kit storage, and assessment. Classroom management Starting a robotics program: The MINDSTORMS robotics ‘fit’ and your school Managing a project-based robotics classroom How to keep track of all those student projects! Tips for […]

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Register for the LEGO Learning Symposium

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Registrations are now open for the LEGO Learning Symposium (June 6th – June 7th, 2016) and the TuftsSTEMedConference (June 7th – June 8th, 2016). Register before April 1st to get the early bird rate. Register online now! Download the flyer. For more information, visit LEGO Learning Symposium and  TuftsSTEMedConference.org  

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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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LEGO Learning Symposium 2016

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The LEGO Learning Symposium will bring people from around the world together to explore how K-12 learning happens in science, engineering, mathematics, literacy, and other disciplines using LEGO technologies. Dates: 6-7 June, 2016 Venue: Tufts University (Boston, USA) The Symposium will include a keynote presentation from Mitchel Resnick (Designer of Scratch and Director of the […]

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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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