1. Survival of the fittest: NXT style

    Survival of the fittest: NXT style

    A group of Tufts University students stand around a squared-off area of linoleum cheering fervently. They scream things like “Go Moosie!” and “Your buzzard’s knocking my penguin!” The whole scene seemed somewhat out of place; after all, this was an engineering lab. It all makes sense when you...

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  2. Motor vs Move – Part II: Action

    Motor vs Move – Part II: Action

    In Part I of Motor vs. Move, we looked at how the Move block incorporates a control algorithm to help robots move more accurately. What else is different between the Motor and Move block in NXT-G? Motor The Motor block has an “Action” panel which includes a drop-down...

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  3. WeDo activities: The next level

    WeDo activities: The next level

    The LEGO Education WeDo kit provides a fascinating opportunity in simple robotics and programming for young students. The kit has 12 activities that introduce valuable science and engineering concepts like pulley setups and gear trains and ratios, and makes them approachable and interactive with sensors, motors, and software....

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  4. NXT car with NXT bluetooth remote

    NXT car with NXT bluetooth remote

    The NXT’s Bluetooth feature enables NXTs to send messages to each other wirelessly. What’s that good for? Well, lots of things – including making your own remote control car (where you make the car and the remote!). NOTE: This project requires two NXT bricks. Building The car has...

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  5. Musical instruments with the NXT

    Musical instruments with the NXT

    What do LEGO, air guitars, and iPads have in common? Music! In this article, we talk about how you can make your own digital musical instruments with the LEGO NXT. The idea You can design and build your own musical instrument with the NXT where the sensors act...

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  6. The Robo-Basketballer challenge

    The Robo-Basketballer challenge

    Last term, I had to assess my Year 7 (12 year old) Technology students on design, robotics, structures and mechanics and all within 10 weeks/ 20 lessons. To avoid teaching 3 separate strands, each with theory, practical and mini design problems, I wanted combine them into one complex...

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