Intel 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 Introduction to Computers  video.

Introduction to Computers (incl. Formative Assessment)

This PowerPoint presentation intersperses multiple choice questions with the Primary Instruction Material.

Introduction to Computers


Introduction to Computers

The attached "History and Parts of a Computer" PowerPoint file is used in conjunction with this Code.org: "What Makes a Computer, a Computer?" and "CPU, Memory, Inut & Output" videos as well as   this Intel "The Journey Inside: The Computer - Introduction to Computers" video

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.