Echo locator

How could you build a device that uses sound to indicate the distance to the nearest object? For example, as an aid for a person with vision impairment. Other than using the Ultrasound Sensor, are there any other sensors that could be used to measure distance? Resources Echo Locator lesson plan – NXT-G (PDF)  

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Tomb raider

The idea of this challenge is to have students set up several light sensors to log data over time. After the setup is complete, run the programs, turn off the lights in the room, and have the students leave. Walk around the room near the different sensors with a flashlight. After the data acquisition is […]

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Light theremin

In this activity, use an NXT brick equipped with two light sensors to emulate a theremin. One sensor will change pitch as the amount of light sensed changes, and the other sensor will change volume as the amount of light sensed changes. The theremin is meant to be controlled with the hands, but any object that […]

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Rotation sensor challenge

Rotation sensors are very important in the field of engineering because they track and measure the motion of rotating objects. The NXT motors and EV3 large motors have built- in rotation sensors that are accurate enough for most purposes, but what if you need something even more accurate? How can you design and construct a […]

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Pendulum mathematics

multiple pendulum streams

Pendulums are one of the earliest machines we see and Physics courses can take advantage of that familiarity to reveal fundamental principles and demonstrate the mathematical relationships. In this demonstration, I suspended an NXT with three sensors from above, and let it swing back and forth, recording the data via Bluetooth to the NXT-G data […]

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