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Robo-boy, NXT Robotics is good for all ages

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Nxt robotics.

I friend of mine who is an Engineer at one of the worlds largest companies recently borrowed a Lego NXT set from me to do a project for work. When he returned it, my 3 year old demanded that he was alowed to try it out. So, I decided I would build and program an NXT robot that he could help in the building and be able to interact with through the programing. It was a huge success. I build a simple 2 wheel robot with sensors then paired it to my Android phone with a simple “Mind-droid”app. He was able to control the robot by tilting my phone. It was impressive to see him control it.

The Mindstorms NXT sets are so great for teaching technology. THey can be used with a great span of age ranges. This boy is 3 and he was able to use it to some degree, my friend is an engineer with a master’s degree working for a huge company and it had great use, I have seen it being used at Carnegie Mellon University. Bottom line, the NXT robotics are awesome and are perfect for Middle School Computer Classes. In this book there are at least 2 great NXT lessons perfect for Jr. high classes. Click below to learn more.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; NXT Robotics

Student NXT Project

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For this assignment we are towards the end of our 4 weeks of robotics. I give the class a challenge to make a “Hall Racer” there are several requirements, one of wich is that they must use gears to turn their wheels. This is usually a huge challenge for the groups. I tell them to think like a bicycle chain and gears… But, if the groups figure it out, these can get going really fast down the hallway.

I like to have the groups work in the hallway, it does several things. First, it gives my students a sense of pride to show other students that are passing by in the hallway their awesome robotic projects. Also, it promotes my class by letting these other students see what they have to look forward to in my class.

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