High School

NXT Test Circuits (View Mode)

The attached  pdf file of the NXT brick menus can be used as a visual aid as students explore the various modes. 

This View Mode Worksheet Word file walks students through the functionality of the different NXT sensors in View Mode.

NXT Test Circuits (View Mode)

Powering the NXT

The lesson utilizes the "Powering the NXT" video from the "Basics" menu in the "NXT Video Trainer 2.0" product from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy.

Powering the NXT

Hands-on Circuits Lab

Four Parts of a Circuit

Ideally, students will have supplies to build their own simple circuits, or alternatively, the teacher will have one set and performance a demonstration for the class.  These supplies would include:

  • 9V battery
  • battery clip
  • alligator clip wires
  • switch
  • incandescent lamp

Build a simple circuit and allow students see to how all four parts are necessary for the circuit to function.

Insulators. Conductors. Semiconductors

The NXT Circuit (incl. Formative Assessment)

This alternative NXT Circuit PowerPoint presentation intersperses the instructional slides with multiple choice review questions.  It may also be used as a follow up Formative Assessment.

The NXT Circuit

The attached PowerPoint presentation identifies the parts of an NXT circuit and examples of insulators, conductors and semiconductors in an NXT circuit.

The NXT Circuit

Intel Circuit and Switches Companion Web Site

The Intel video used in this lesson has a companion website which includes supplemental instructional material to reteach or extend the content from the The Circuit and Switches  video.

"All About Circuits" Web Site

AllAboutCircuits is a very rich resource for extending the Circuits and Switches lesson.  Thanks to Don Domes (Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, OR) for this link.