1. 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. Like with...

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  2. 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 two motors...

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  3. 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 as the...

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  4. 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 design problem....

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  5. Capture the wind

    Capture the wind

    How could you design and construct a windmill connected to a rotation sensor to measure the speed of the wind?    Tip 1: Even though they can be used as rotation sensors, the NXT motor and the EV3 large motor will not work as well as an RCX Rotation Sensor...

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  6. Robotics: Assistive devices for the future

    Robotics: Assistive devices for the future

    This curriculum module engages middle-school students in designing, building and programming a LEGO robot that could work as an assistive device for the physically challenged population. The students form teams or “companies” that work together to create their LEGO robot prototype. The module culminates in a final presentation where student...

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  7. Dragster

    Dragster

    The challenge is to build a dragster that starts when you shout “go”, stops when it cross a finish line, and then displays its time (and speed?). When I did this with my students, the fastest time we got over a 4m course was 2.52 seconds.

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