1. Learning sequence: Learn to build with LEGO

    Learning sequence: Learn to build with LEGO

    This sequence of activities introduces the basic LEGO system pieces. It’s great for beginners and works well with young children. It also introduces the concept of testing and redesigning. How can we build a sturdy wall? Study tower Strongest shape Sturdy Car: The drop test Chair for Mr. Bear See...

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Platform 9 3/4

    Platform 9 3/4

    Design and construct a car and learn to program the car to travel a specified distance using multiple methods (time, touch and light). Get your car’s passenger from home to the train station. Going too far or not far enough leaves your passenger in the ghost world.   Resources Platform...

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  5. Smart house

    Smart house

    Design and construct a house which utilizes the sensors. For example, have the house greet incoming cars by turning the house lights on.  Resources Smart House lesson plan – NXT-G + ROBOLAB (PDF)

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  6. Bulldozer

    Bulldozer

    Design and construct a sturdy car that can push dirt, and program it to be controlled by touch sensors.      Tip 1 : How can the touch sensor be used to trigger the bulldozer to generate more torque? Resources Bulldozer Lesson Plan – NXT + NXT-G/ROBOLAB (PDF) Bulldozer Lesson...

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  7. Dancing robot

    Dancing robot

    Design, construct and program a dancing robot that has at least two moving parts and at most two motors. Set your robot’s dance to music. Resources Dancing Robot lesson plan – ROBOLAB + NXT-G (PDF)  

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  8. Find the hidden letter

    Find the hidden letter

    In this activity, use a robot equipped with a light sensor to determine the hidden letter message (under a table or in another room). The letter will be determined using light sensor collected data on 3 passes over of the letter.      Resources Find the Hidden Letter lesson plan...

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  9. The stubborn car

    The stubborn car

    Think of a way to design and construct the stubborn car: a car that will always return to its original place no matter how far it is rolled away from its starting point. Tip: How can you track the rotary motion of the car’s wheels? This challenge provides a great...

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