Search Results for ages 11-22

LEGO Pendulum   (Media)
In my physics class, my students create physical pendulums to study oscillations. They use the NXT and a light sensor to test their predictions regarding the period of the pendulum's oscillation

Ages: 14-18

Poor man's compass sensor   (Lesson Plan/Activity)
Today you won't have troubles to buy an electronic compass from the shelf. But, sometimes you want to understand - or as a teacher - to explain how the compass direction can be turned into digital information. This sensor got its name, because it is made of a few LEGO pieces, the RCX, a magnet, a li...

Ages: 12-15

The Vertically Driven Pendulum   (Lesson Plan/Activity)
The aim of this project is to show the nonlinear dynamics of a vertically driven pendulum using Lego NXT. I use this toy in my Nonlinear Dynamics classroom.

Below you find building instructions and a video of the toy.

A pendulum with a fixed suspension point has two eq...

Ages: 18-99

Poor man's acceleration sensor   (Lesson Plan/Activity)
Acceleration is a physical concept that is difficult to understand, although you can feel
it when driving on a roller coaster. This sensor might help kids to realize how
acceleration can be quantified. It got its name, because it is made of a few LEGO pieces,
the RCX, and some n...

Ages: 16-17

Lesson 1: Wheelchair Design Challenge   (Lesson Plan/Activity)
In this lesson, students will design and build a wheelchair that can hold a load about the size of a water bottle. Students will build their wheel chairs using the engineering design process and must follow specific design requirements.

This is part of the curriculum unit â€œRobot...

Ages: 8-18

LEGO double-beam balance   (Media)
Eighth-grade students built LEGO balances that were accurate to within half a gram.

Ages: 12-15

LEGO pan balance   (Media)
Eighth-grade students built LEGO balances that were accurate to within half a gram.

Ages: 12-15

Lego Zoo   (Lesson Plan/Activity)
In this activity, the students first choose an animal that they want to create and think about the types of motion that the animal does. Then, they approximte the animal's motion using gears and motors. This is a good way to use gears and motors in a situation other than a car. At the end, present y...

Ages: 6-12

Build a Wire Maze   (Lesson Plan/Activity)
To learn about application of electrical engineering, this lesson requires the students to build a game similar to Operation. An open circuit is created. One end is a wire maze made of a bare wire. The other end is a loop of bare wire attached to a popsicle stick. The object is to guide the loop...

Ages: 7-12

Ramp Roller   (Lesson Plan/Activity)
This activity is an introduction to building with the NXT or RCX. Have the kids build a vehicle without motors that will roll down a ramp. The objective is to have the car roll as far s possible. Make sure to introduce concepts such as gravity, friction, and sturdy building with the legos.

Ages: 7-12