1. Learning sequence: Learn about gears

    Learning sequence: Learn about gears

    This suggested sequence of activities begins with an exploration of simple hand-powered gear trains. The second and third activities use gears to decrease the rotational speed of motor-powered music boxes and fans. The last three activities incorporate gears into cars so that they can win a “snail race” or climb...

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  2. WeDo curriculum resources

    WeDo curriculum resources

    The WeDo kit can be used to achieve many curricular goals. The guide that comes with the WeDo software provides ideas of how to achieve mathematics, science, technology, engineering and language arts goals. Other teachers have also developed their own curricula using the WeDo. The list below is not complete...

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  3. Music box

    Music box

    Design and construct a working music box in which LEGO mini-figures move while a song plays. This lesson is one in a series of introductory lessons that is applicable to all types of robotics kits. The lessons are geared to students in early primary to middle school (depending on the lesson). Additional...

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  4. Peak performance

    Peak performance

    Design and develop a car that is capable of traveling across flat surfaces quickly, but can also negotiate a steep ramp. Note: The WeDo version of the car remains tethered to the computer via the USB cable and therefore cannot travel very far.    Tip 1: What gear train yields...

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  5. Mountain rescue (Ramp climber)

    Mountain rescue (Ramp climber)

    What is the best design for cars used by people on sloping paths? Construct a car that is capable of climbing steep inclines.     What is torque and why is it important? This lesson is one in a series of introductory lessons that is applicable to all types of...

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  6. Snail car

    Snail car

    The idea of this challenge is to design and construct a car that can move extremely slowly. These cars must compete in the snail race; the winner is the car that crosses the finish line last. Note: The WeDo car stays tethered to the computer via the USB cable so...

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  7. RCX constructopedia

    RCX constructopedia

    The RCX constructopedia (PDF, 55Mb) includes an extensive set of instructions designed to introduce beginners and advanced builders alike to new concepts in building with the RCX. 418 pages! Contents include: Stationary builds Sturdy structures Bracing Change axis Moving parts Motors Gears Pulleys Special gears Cam Differential Worm gear Gear rack...

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  8. Exploring gears

    Exploring gears

    How do gears interact to vary torque and angular speed? Build different gear assemblies to discover these effects. What do the terms “gear up” and “gear down” mean? This lesson is one in a series of introductory lessons that is applicable to all types of robotics kits. The lessons are...

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  9. NXT Constructopedia

    NXT Constructopedia

    The NXT Constructopedia Beta 2.1 (PDF) is a set of building hints for the NXT Education Base Set (9797). It contains smaller hints and a few larger models. Its aim is to provide users with inspiration to build their own advanced creations. Contents include: Simple shapes and structures Square Reversing trick...

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