1. 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 quantity of...

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  2. 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 that embodied...

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  3. 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 been extensively...

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  4. Deep Space Terraformers

    Deep Space Terraformers

    I teach robotics and advise the robotics club at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale, California. One of our goals is to start robotics programs at all of our elementary schools. We provide professional development for teachers and provide mentors for FIRST LEGO League teams in conjunction with FRC teams at...

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  5. The 6 tile challenge

    The 6 tile challenge

     I recently ran a simple challenge that I called the “6 Tile Challenge” that worked well in my classes and got the point across that you should calculate the number of rotations before you drive your robot.  This was the second day of robotics programming for my classes and we...

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  6. The Wave and beyond

    The Wave and beyond

    Teachers (and other people) often ask me how I go about getting my students to do some of their cool projects. The simple answer is I let them have as much freedom as I can to design the project themselves, and I give them all the available tools I have...

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  7. Music box

    Music box

    Design and construct a working music box in which LEGO mini-figures move while a song plays. This lesson is one in a series of introductory lessons that is applicable to all types of robotics kits. The lessons are geared to students in early primary to middle school (depending on the lesson). Additional...

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  8. Peak performance

    Peak performance

    Design and develop a car that is capable of traveling across flat surfaces quickly, but can also negotiate a steep ramp. Note: The WeDo version of the car remains tethered to the computer via the USB cable and therefore cannot travel very far.    Tip 1: What gear train yields...

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