Nine alternative programming languages for LEGO MINDSTORMS

Graphing sensor values

For anyone getting started with LEGO MINDSTORMS, the EV3 Software provides a great introduction to programming, but sooner or later you and your students might be ready for something different. For example, one option is to use a text-based programming language, such as RobotC, that better reflects the dominant style of programming in the computer […]

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Robotics Competitions

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There are several ways to introduce LEGO robotics into your school or club. Dr. Amy Eguchi suggests three ways: thematic, project, and competition (see¬†Alemisis, 2013 who references Eguchi). This post introduces some of the more popular robotics competitions for LEGO robotics. It should, however, be noted that competitions may sometimes exclude students for whom competition […]

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Online training courses

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The internet and educational robotics combine to create a range of online training courses and teacher tools. The websites below differ in length, focus and cost, but all provide teachers (and sometimes students) resources and skills to make best use of the LEGO kits (EV3, NXT and WeDo). Information on each course is from the […]

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WeDo activities and building projects

A pair of students sharing one WeDo kit.

The WeDo kit comes with 12 activities that start with a motivating animation, followed by easy to follow building and programming directions. LEGO Education sells a set of four Extension activities and the WeDo 8+ Projects Curriculum Pack but this latter one requires not just the basic WeDo Construction Set but the additional WeDo Resource […]

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WeDo curriculum resources

Following the WeDo building instructions

The WeDo kit can be used to achieve many curricular goals. The guide that comes with the WeDo software provides ideas of how to achieve mathematics, science, technology, engineering and language arts goals. Other teachers have also developed their own curricula using the WeDo. The list below is not complete – please add links to […]

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