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Free Lego NXT MindStorms NXT-G Robotics Challenges Tutorials

Free Lego NXT MindStorms NXT-G Robotics Challenges Tutorials
At the request of Tasmanian teachers Miss Clare Neilson and recently retired Mrs. Juanita Airey, activities using Lego's NXT 1 MindStorms Robots have been developed for use in School-based 2-hour sessions. Some, but not all, will work with the new NXT 2 kit (click here for more information). The tutorials are presented as a series of Challenges, which are gradually being converted for Web use. Challenges with an "M" after the challenge number include mentor notes. First Challenge (NXT 1) - Building Robot 1.1 "TuftsBot" - click here. First Challenge (NXT 2) - Building Robot 1.2 "MiniBot" - click here. First Challenge (Apple videos) - Building Robot 1.2 "MiniBot" - click here. Challenge 2M - Teaching your Robot (NXT 1 & NXT 2) - click here. Challenge 2M (Apple videos) - Teaching your Robot (NXT 1 & NXT 2) - click here. Challenge 4M - Teaching your Robot to move, smile and speak (NXT1 & NXT 2) - click here. Challenge 10 - Building Robot 2 "DomaBot" (NXT 1 & NXT 2) - click here. Related:  Lego MindstormsNXTdkubba

Hacking the LEGO NXT If you are a millionaire and able to buy a LEGO Mindstorms NXT, you may find kind of difficult to hack it or create homemade sensors. I believe you already noticed the particular jack that comes with the NXT. It looks like a telephone jack, but the latch is located in one side, making difficult to connect any other cable. Holding the connector as the picture shows. White wire - Used with the black wire, this pin provides power to the motor. ME Program Upload Subscription preferences Loading... Working... Damien Kee ► Play all ME Program by Damien Kee8 videos10 views40 minutes Play all Sign in to YouTube Sign in Sign in to add this to Watch Later Add to Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Documents to Help You Get Started The Hunger Games Project Documents Below are sample project-based learning documents from teachers Mary Mobley (English) and Michael Chambers (world history) of Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas. Back to Top Culture at Manor New Tech High School Manor Visitors Summary Sheet An overview of Manor New Tech for visitors, including mission statement, learning outcomes, and the school's commitments to their students Learning Outcomes Manor New Tech's learning outcomes for all classes Manor Bell Schedule Daily bell schedule for Manor New Tech Additional Resources on the Web Suggested Reading

NXT Tutorial This tutorial for LEGO Mindstorms NXT is divided in two sections. The “Essentials” are things every NXT programmer should know. Some of these movies have exercises directly under them. It’s important to do these exercises, not just assume you “get it.” The “Advanced” section is for reference purposes. These lessons assume you have a basic robot with two drive motors, a touch sensor and a light sensor. If you need to run this tutorial at a location with poor internet service, you can download a special copy here. This tutorial was designed, and maintained by Dale Yocum, Engineering Program Director at Catlin Gabel School. LEGO®, the LEGO logo, Mindstorms and the Mindstorms logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which did not create and does not sponsor or endorse this tutorial.

Damien Kee - Home Project Based Learning I’ve been teaching using a project-based learning pedagogy since mid-2010 when I was introduced to PBL by my friend, Dean Groom. Since then I have had some wonderful learning experiences with PBL and I enjoy sharing both my successes and failures and experiments in learning on my blog. I thought it’d be helpful for other people if I put all of my PBL-related posts on one page, just in case you’re starting out and you want to see how another teacher is doing it too. If you have any questions, just post a comment below or send me a tweet on twitter My VERY first experience with PBL – and it was hard work and had serious issues! This is a reflection on my very first PBL experience with Year 10 – it looks at why it may not have been 100% successful. A brief post outlining a mini-project I ran with my Year 11 English class.

The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide - David J. Perdue, Laurens Valk - Google Books MEM-380/800 Mechatronics 2 Web Page Documents are posted as Adobe PDF files which are viewable with Acrobat Reader Week 01 - 01/09/12 Handouts Things to do Contact George Ciarrocchi for UG Lab ID swipe access if needed Purchase NXT baggie no later than 01/23/12 Bring NXT to class every week Lego Education Kit 9797 Parts List PDF Week 02 - 01/16/12 MLK Holiday - No Class Week 03 - 01/23/12 Topic: Simple Machines I: Levers, Shafts and Cranks Lecture Slides on Levers, Shafts and Cranks PDF Lab Slides on Lego Fundamentals, Levers, Shafts and Cranks PDF Lego Simple Crank WMV Video Lego Crank 3-Bar WMV Video Lego Crankshaft WMV Video Lego Complex Crank WMV Video Tutorial: Installing BricxCC and NxC Primer Homework: Slider Crank and Programming (due Week 03) mechatronics2Lecture02Homework.pdf.pdf List of Technic Parts from Lugnet: PDF | Lugnet Web Site URL NxC Programming Guide: PDF | BricxCC Web Site URL Week 04 - 01/30/12 Topic: Simple Machines II: Cams, Springs and Linkages Dav

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop. Stop, will you? I can feel it, too. I think I know what’s going on. For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. I’m not the only one. Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. Anecdotes alone don’t prove much. It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. Thanks to the ubiquity of text on the Internet, not to mention the popularity of text-messaging on cell phones, we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our medium of choice. Reading, explains Wolf, is not an instinctive skill for human beings.

Fuzzy Line Following NXT Robot Stefan Bracher One of the tutorials within the Lego Mindstorms NXT Software shows how to program a robot that follows a line using Boolean Logic. In the following, an improved version, based on Fuzzy-Logic, is presented. Video Original "Boolean Logic"-Version by Lego The original version by Lego uses the reflected light to distinguish between black (the line) and white (the floor). The approach is very simple and effective. Fuzzy Logic variant The idea behind the new version is, not only to distinguish between black and white, but to consider various degrees of grey. Now we are not limited anymore to turn only left and right, but can turn more right (blacker colour) or more left (whiter colour). To achieve this, the left and right motors are controlled according to the diagram below: Implementation in NXT-G Code Implemented in NXT-G Code that looks as follows: The program consists of three loops that run at the same time. The reflected light sensor gives a value between 0 and 100. Fine-tuning

FREE Science Lesson Plan – Plant Growth This week’s FREE Science Lesson Plan is about Plant Growth – download the lesson plan here. Develop pupils’ understanding of how a plant tracks the sun’s movement across the sky. Evaluate the light levels in the room, then program a robot to react to different light levels and replicate the movements of a plant throughout the day. Measure the amount of light absorbed at different times and control the speed of the turn to track the light efficiently. More ideas? Do you have any examples of using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education to teach Science topics? Next week, look out for our activity on Speed. Previous activity cards: Behaviour, Environmental Pests, Farming, Friction One, Friction Two, Hazardous Environments, Learned Responses, Materials. Like this: Like Loading...

The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning Inquiry Learning Teaching Strategies Getty By Thom Markham Teachers in a rural southeast Michigan high school were recently discussing the odd behavior of the senior class. The teachers’ explanation: Project-based learning. Here’s the back story. Stories like this are about to become more important to educators. This is a steep challenge because it forces education to cross a philosophic divide. Standardizing Valuable Skills To put a new system in place, a first key step is to disseminate and train every teacher on a clear set of performance standards to assess skills required for effective inquiry, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The challenge: Right now, a standards-based environment forces teachers to straddle the inquiry process. Assessing Collaborative Learning The iconic model of the individual scholar has been replaced by team-based inquiry. Making Depth of Thinking Evident The challenge: In inquiry, process is as critical as the product.