1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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 realize that...

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