- Which activities should I use first in my classroom?
First, make sure that your students have mastered sturdy LEGO building techniques. To bring everyone to a similar level of building confidence, it is a good idea to start with the learning sequence \"Learning to Build with LEGO Materials,\" found on the Learning Sequences page.\n Any of the acti ...
- How should I store all these LEGO Pieces - as bins or sets?
Choosing to use bins or sets depends on your personal preference. Sets are nice because each one has the same pieces. However, sets may become disorganized and end up losing or gaining pieces. This means that every so often you will need to sort the sets. Sets also alleviate the tendency of stu ...
- What issues should I consider before creating mixed-gender pairs?
Boys usually have more experience building with LEGOs. Boys tend to jump into constructing and grab pieces before they think about what they will be doing. Girls usually\ntake time to plan before they choose their pieces. Girls share ideas and often collaborate on projects. However, it is import ...
- Do I need a computer for each RCX or NXT?
No. You can have unlimited groups working with RCXs or NXTs using the same computer. Of course, to maintain sanity, it is suggested to not have more than 4-5 groups per computer. Once the program code is created on the computer and downloaded, the running of the programs on bricks does not requi ...
- Do I need to set special classroom rules for LEGO engineering time?
It depends on you, your students, and your current classroom management scheme. You may need to make some adjustments to your classroom culture, and that may or may not require additional rules or guidelines. One of the most important classroom management ideas is that, during LEGO engineering t ...
- What is the difference between the LEGO Mindstorms for Schools product and the LEGO Mindstorms product available from retailers?
LEGO Mindstorms for Schools sets are designed to be used in a curriculum setting. LEGO Mindstorms is designed for use in an individual play environment.
- How can I generate three-dimensional images of LEGO creations like the ones I see on LEGOengineering.com?
MLCAD and LDraw are the software applications used to generate the 3D images seen on LEGOengineering.com. You can obtain these applications for free at this website: http://www.ldraw.org/download/start/win/ KAB
- What is my role as a teacher during LEGO engineering activities?
It may be helpful to think of yourself as a problem poser, consultant, and facilitator. LEGO engineering activities are intended to be exploratory, and your role is to establish an exploratory learning environment where re-designing, re-testing, and constructive reflection on failure are all enc ...