Middle School

Introduction to Gear Trains

LEGO Digital Designer_CAD Tool

Lego Digital Designer is a pseudo-CAD tool that allows student to create 3D CAD drawings of their robotics creations.

In the View menu, choose the New Theme sub-menu and select LEGO MINDSTORMS to limit the parts selection to relevant pieces.

Then at the bottom of the left-hand menu palette, select the icon for "Filter bricks by boxes". and then select your MINDSTORMS Kit type from this menu.

Thanks to Mac Jones (Reeves Middle School, Olympia, WA) for this link.

NXT Parts Exploration

This Technic Primer is a resource form Carnegie Mellon Univerisity's Robotics Academy (http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/)  Robotics Engineering Vol. 1 product (http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/lego/curriculum/rev1_index.htm).

The attached PowerPoint presentation contains both a Structural Building lesson and Challenge intended to follow the above Primer

NXT Parts Exploration

NXT Kit Overview

NXT Introduction_Video

This NXT Introduction video was developed by Dale Yocum (Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR) as part of his NXT Tutorial series. These videos have been linked as Alternative Differentiated Instructional Material.

Introduction to NXT

The attached PowerPoint presentation is used in conjuction with the Introduction to NXT lesson.

Introduction to NXT

Robots Need Love Too_Music Video

Light-hearted Music video: Robots Need Love Too.

Thanks to Scott LeDuc  (Capital High School, Olympia, WA) for this fun link.

History of Robotics

The attached History of Robotics pdf includes important and iconic robots from early history to the NXT.  Thanks to Ann-Marie Ratliff (Jefferson Middle School, Olympia, WA) for this link.