JumboBooks: An introduction to using microprocessors in LabVIEW


The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University has created JumboBooks, a set of educational tutorials to program different devices in LabVIEW. The microprocessors used include the Arduino Uno, BeagleBone, LilyPad, myRIO, and ProtoSnap, as well as a tutorial for LEGO’s EV3 brick. The tutorials were created for high schoolers and up, and can be downloaded […]

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Design and construct a LEGO fan with at least one sensor and program it to run at variable speeds and have a stop/start function. Note: the RCX and NXT versions of the attachments use two touch sensors while the WeDo version uses the tilt sensor.      This lesson is one in a series of […]

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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 9 3:4 lesson plan – […]

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bulldozer RCX

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 Plan – RCX + ROBOLAB […]

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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 detect collisions between objects? Resources […]

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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 plan: Voting Booth – RCX […]

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