1. TrotBot Walking Machine

    TrotBot Walking Machine

    After teaching a challenge-based LEGO Engineering class for two years, I wanted to offer a really difficult challenge for a dozen of my most motivated students (grades 6-8). I settled on linkage-based walkers, like Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest. Rather than copy prototypes or plans, I had the class study various linkage mechanisms, their...

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  2. The Incredible Machine

    The Incredible Machine

    One of our after-school robotics classes just finished our “Incredible Machine” unit. The kids are required to plan the layout and overall design BEFORE touching any LEGO, and then have to keep communicating with the rest of the class to make sure the final product is going to work. It’s...

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  3. EV3 projectile launcher

    EV3 projectile launcher

    This is the EV3 projectile launcher, inspired by RobotlCare’s Ball3r. The goal behind the EV3 Projectile Launcher is to provide students with a way to explore projectile motion by creating a LEGO EV3 robot to generate it. After creating the launch structure, students will need to derive a relationship between EV3...

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  4. Mathematics and LEGO robotics at CIPCE

    Mathematics and LEGO robotics at CIPCE

    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...

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  5. Greenhouse Challenge

    Greenhouse Challenge

    I’m finding gardening to be an attractive theme for STEM education in general and specifically to girls. Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 brick to introduce control systems, design, and data logging. The LEGO Friends theme really adds to the project allowing girls to imagine themselves in the role of research...

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  6. Learning sequence: Learn to build with LEGO

    Learning sequence: Learn to build with LEGO

    This sequence of activities introduces the basic LEGO system pieces. It’s great for beginners and works well with young children. It also introduces the concept of testing and redesigning. How can we build a sturdy wall? Study tower Strongest shape Sturdy Car: The drop test Chair for Mr. Bear See...

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  7. Exploring thresholds

    Exploring thresholds

    This unit introduces an extremely simple exercise that allows students to think more deeply about the concept of a threshold and how to use it to make a robot react to its environment. It is based on my Teachers Introduction Course to LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT & EV3 at BOGATECH’s website....

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