1. WeDo activities and building projects

    WeDo activities and building projects

    The WeDo kit comes with 12 activities that start with a motivating animation, followed by easy to follow building and programming directions. LEGO Education sells a set of four Extension activities and the WeDo 8+ Projects Curriculum Pack but this latter one requires not just the basic WeDo...

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  2. Path planning in LabVIEW

    Path planning in LabVIEW

    This summer one project I have been working on is path planning in LabVIEW for an EV3 robot vehicle. This project came from an idea I had for an AR.Drone. That idea was to create a program in LabVIEW that would allow users to plan out specific paths for...

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  3. Carnival LEGO

    Carnival LEGO

    Everyone loves a good carnival! In addition to the fun, adrenaline, and excitement that carnival rides bring us, they also provide a perfect example of simple machines and motorized mechanisms in action. During this project, students combine their understanding of simple machines, motorized mechanisms, LEGO construction, 3D modeling, and engineering...

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  4. Shake table

    Shake table

    Did you know that it’s possible to build an earthquake simulator out of only LEGO bricks? This is a cool teaching tool that my partners and I developed for a week-long civil engineering kids’ camp. It requires two EV3 kits (or one plus two large motors) and a...

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  5. Virtual Explosion!

    Virtual Explosion!

    The Second World War generated a big crisis in all aspects: economic, social, human values, etc., and artists were the first to react. Art needed a change and the “action painting” or “happening” was used to express the artist’s feelings, starting from zero and literally attacking traditional painting...

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  6. Deep Space Terraformers

    Deep Space Terraformers

    I teach robotics and advise the robotics club at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale, California. One of our goals is to start robotics programs at all of our elementary schools. We provide professional development for teachers and provide mentors for FIRST LEGO League teams in conjunction with FRC...

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  7. The 6 tile challenge

    The 6 tile challenge

     I recently ran a simple challenge that I called the “6 Tile Challenge” that worked well in my classes and got the point across that you should calculate the number of rotations before you drive your robot.  This was the second day of robotics programming for my classes...

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  8. The Wave and beyond

    The Wave and beyond

    Teachers (and other people) often ask me how I go about getting my students to do some of their cool projects. The simple answer is I let them have as much freedom as I can to design the project themselves, and I give them all the available tools...

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  9. 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...

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