1. Rotation sensor challenge

    Rotation sensor challenge

    Rotation sensors are very important in the field of engineering because they track and measure the motion of rotating objects. The NXT motors and EV3 large motors have built- in rotation sensors that are accurate enough for most purposes, but what if you need something even more accurate? How can...

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  2. How can we build a sturdy wall?

    How can we build a sturdy wall?

    Students will investigate the properties of sturdy structures by constructing a LEGO wall. The wall must be about 6 bricks high and withstand the “Flick Test”. The Flick Test involves flicking the top of the wall to see if it fails or tips over. Lesson features: Predicting structurally sound building...

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  3. Things that go bump

    Things that go bump

    Design and construct a car and program it to travel in a straight line until it hits a wall. Once it hits the wall, program the car to reverse direction and continue until it hits another wall at which point it stops.   Tip: What sensors can be used to...

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  4. Tractor pull

    Tractor pull

    Design and construct a tractor that is capable of pulling a heavy load across a floor. Tip #1: Think about the system of gears that would produce the greatest amount of torque. Resources Lesson plan: Tractor Pull – RCX + ROBOLAB (PDF)

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  5. Voting booth

    Voting booth

    Think of an intelligent way to set up a “voting booth” to gather data, and plot this data on a graph for analysis.    Tip 1: What sensor can you implement for collecting this data? Touch sensor? IR sensor? Resources Lesson plan: Voting booth – NXT + ROBOLAB (PDF) Lesson...

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  6. Chair for Mr Bear

    Chair for Mr Bear

    Design and construct a chair that keeps Mr Bear (a floppy stuffed animal) from falling backwards, forwards, to the left and to the right. The safety of Mr Bear is in your hands! Note: The lesson plan attached to this post was designed as part of a series of introductory...

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  7. NXT-A-Sketch

    NXT-A-Sketch

    Just like its little red counterpart, the Etch-A-Sketch®, the NXT-A-Sketch lets you turn two knobs to draw your picture. However, rather than using a stylus and aluminum powder, the LEGO NXT model is entirely digital, making use of the Servo motors and the LCD display. Building To build the NXT-A-Sketch,...

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