1. Why I like educational robots

    Why I like educational robots

    With all the available STEM options, we often get asked Why Robotics?  So here are some quick thoughts to kickstart your thirty second elevator speech for robotics program support. See what you think. I like educational robots because they make abstract concepts real. With this opening salvo, and depending on your primary...

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  2. EV3 rechargeable battery issue

    EV3 rechargeable battery issue

    Some of the new EV3 rechargeable batteries have a circuit error and do not work properly. After you recharge one of these defective batteries, install it in the EV3, and turn on the EV3, you will see a brief red flash and then nothing. The problems is just...

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  3. Support for RCX

    Support for RCX

    The original version of the LEGO MINDSTORMS platform, the RCX, was supported by LEGO Education until 2009. Since this time, RCX kits have not been readily available for purchase. LEGOengineering.com continues to provide limited support for the RCX platform, including activities and building instructions, as well as tutorials...

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  4. Managing a project-based robotics classroom

    Managing a project-based robotics classroom

    Running a project-based robotics classroom often raises new and different issues than those found in more traditional classrooms. Here are some tips for classroom management. Project Rules Set clear expectations for students. A sample list of project rules is included below. Enforcing clear behavior guidelines improves the tone...

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  5. Which LEGO kit?

    Which LEGO kit?

    Getting started with LEGO robotics can feel overwhelming because there are so many options. Here is a brief guide to the various kits. Quick advice: If you are new to LEGO robotics and working with children ten and older, the EV3 kit is probably your best bet. For a...

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  6. What to buy (WeDo)

    What to buy (WeDo)

    Planning on introducing the WeDo into your class? Below are some ideas on what you need to get started. Hardware The WeDo kit comes in a stackable, white plastic container. The roughly 150 pieces in the kit includes two sensors (tilt and motion), a motor and a USB...

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