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...

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  2. 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...

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  3. 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...

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  4. 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...

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  5. Naked NXT/EV3 projects!

    Naked NXT/EV3 projects!

    For some projects, you might prefer to offer your students more time to learn advanced programming, and spend less time building. That means no extra LEGO pieces, motors, or external sensors –  just a “Naked” NXT/EV3 brick! If that sounds like you, then let’s strip down the...

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  6. 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...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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...

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