1. Drive in a square

    Drive in a square

    The goal of this activity is to make a robot car drive in a square path. Hint: Rotation sensors are great for controlling the angle of a car’s turn. Resources Square lesson plan – NXT-G (PDF) Square lesson plan – RCX + ROBOLAB (PDF)

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  2. Tunnel vision

    Tunnel vision

    Design and construct a car and program it to drive through a tunnel, automatically turn on its headlights when it enters the tunnel, and turning them off when it gets to the other side.       Tip: What kind of sensor would be suitable for detecting when the robot...

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  3. Light sensor scavenger hunt

    Light sensor scavenger hunt

    How can you determine the light conditions in different parts of a room? Can you find light sensor readings in the range of 0-30? 60-90? 90-100? Can you draw conclusions and make generalizations about light intensity in the room?         

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  4. RCX quick guide

    RCX quick guide

    Building a sturdy structure The keys to building a sturdy structure are as follows: 1. Use interconnecting bricks. When you interconnect your bricks, the structure will not fall apart when you move it. 2.  Flick Test: Test the durability of your structure with a simple flick of your finger. If...

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  5. ROBOLAB 2.9.4c patch

    ROBOLAB 2.9.4c patch

    This patch for ROBOLAB 2.9 fixes a few major issues with both the RCX and the NXT and adds some new features, including support for many 3rd party sensors. Use the extended help area to see example programs. To install this patch, you must already have ROBOLAB 2.9 or higher...

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  6. Things that go bump

    Things that go bump

    Design and construct a car and program it to travel in a straight line until it hits a wall. Once it hits the wall, program the car to reverse direction and continue until it hits another wall at which point it stops.   Tip: What sensors can be used to...

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  7. Tractor pull

    Tractor pull

    Design and construct a tractor that is capable of pulling a heavy load across a floor. Tip #1: Think about the system of gears that would produce the greatest amount of torque. Resources Lesson plan: Tractor Pull – RCX + ROBOLAB (PDF)

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  8. Voting booth

    Voting booth

    Think of an intelligent way to set up a “voting booth” to gather data, and plot this data on a graph for analysis.    Tip 1: What sensor can you implement for collecting this data? Touch sensor? IR sensor? Resources Lesson plan: Voting booth – NXT + ROBOLAB (PDF) Lesson...

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  9. Chair for Mr Bear

    Chair for Mr Bear

    Design and construct a chair that keeps Mr Bear (a floppy stuffed animal) from falling backwards, forwards, to the left and to the right. The safety of Mr Bear is in your hands! Note: The lesson plan attached to this post was designed as part of a series of introductory...

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