1. Learning sequence: Learn about gears

    Learning sequence: Learn about gears

    This suggested sequence of activities begins with an exploration of simple hand-powered gear trains. The second and third activities use gears to decrease the rotational speed of motor-powered music boxes and fans. The last three activities incorporate gears into cars so that they can win a “snail race”...

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  2. Dr E’s MINDSTORMS and WeDo Challenges

    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...

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  3. WeDo activities and building projects

    WeDo activities and building projects

    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...

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  4. WeDo curriculum resources

    WeDo curriculum resources

    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...

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  5. Path planning in LabVIEW

    Path planning in LabVIEW

    This summer one project I have been working on is path planning in LabVIEW for an EV3 robot vehicle. This project came from an idea I had for an AR.Drone. That idea was to create a program in LabVIEW that would allow users to plan out specific paths for...

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  6. Carnival LEGO

    Carnival LEGO

    Everyone loves a good carnival! In addition to the fun, adrenaline, and excitement that carnival rides bring us, they also provide a perfect example of simple machines and motorized mechanisms in action. During this project, students combine their understanding of simple machines, motorized mechanisms, LEGO construction, 3D modeling, and engineering...

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  7. Shake table

    Shake table

    Did you know that it’s possible to build an earthquake simulator out of only LEGO bricks? This is a cool teaching tool that my partners and I developed for a week-long civil engineering kids’ camp. It requires two EV3 kits (or one plus two large motors) and a...

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  8. Virtual Explosion!

    Virtual Explosion!

    The Second World War generated a big crisis in all aspects: economic, social, human values, etc., and artists were the first to react. Art needed a change and the “action painting” or “happening” was used to express the artist’s feelings, starting from zero and literally attacking traditional painting...

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  9. STEM curriculum from Georgia Tech

    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...

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