Using Robots in the Classroom
Texas Tech T-STEM Center Resources
LEGO Mindstorms EV3
Lessons and Challenges for the LEGO Mindstorms EV3
LEGO Mindstorms NXT
As a teacher or mentor, you may or may not have had an exposure to LEGO NXT products before. If that is the case, it is best to familiarize yourself with the parts and programming your students will be doing. Here are a few tutorials designed for adults that will allow you to get enough experience using LEGO NXT products so you can teach your students to use them.
- An overview of LEGO parts, sensors, and the NXT brick can be found here and here.
- A more in depth guide to NXT Programming can be found here.
As part of a senior lab project, Eric Levy, a Texas Tech electrical engineering student who graduated in May 2011, made a series of six lessons designed for teachers to teach LEGO NXT to students of a variety of ages.
- Lesson 1: Building the Robot
- Lesson 2: Movement and Programming
- Lesson 3: Arms and Attachments
- Lesson 4: The Light Sensor
- Lesson 5: Advanced Programming Techniques
- Lesson 6: NXT Master Class
- Common Building Mistakes
- Common Programming Mistakes
- A List of Pieces and Names
Blogs and Other Web Resources
There is a thriving online community of LEGO NXT enthusiasts who have some interesting project ideas.
- The NXT Step offers news and information related to LEGO NXT Systems.
- LEGO Education has a wide variety of resources using an array of LEGO products.
- Domabotics has information about teacher professional development workshops in LEGO Robotics.
- Dr. Graeme has many fun ideas for NXT projects.
- NXT Club has some impressive NXT showcases.
- NXT Programs has a list of NXT building and programming projects.