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LEGO Robotics activity day

Enquire about a booking:  Schools work enquiry We are in the STEM Directories which often make grants available

LEGO Robotics Activity LEGO Robotics

Frequently asked questions:

A brief description of how the workshop will be run:

  • I provide up to 15 robot kits for the pupils to use, plus two challenge kits and an “arena” for testing.
  • I teach them how to build a basic robot and program it to do some simple tasks.
  • They then modify the robot to their own design for the challenge(s) they select and extend the programming to make the robot complete as many tasks as possible in the time available.
  • I have graded the tasks into red/amber/green for hard/medium/easy and generally find most groups will complete between 2 and 5 challenges in around 2 hours.
  • This makes the challenge great for mixed ability groups.
  • Teachers are welcome to join in, observe and/or help – that is entirely up to you.
  • I have run these with no adult help but generally prefer it if the school provide at least 1 teacher for supervision. I quite often find there are 3-4 teachers in the room once others see what is going on.

What age groups:

  •   Works best for ages 10-14 but anything between 8 and 18 is fine. 

Maximum of children per group you can cater for:

  • An ideal team size is 2-3 pupils so with up to 15 teams I can cope with up to 45 per session and 135 per day 

How much space you need:

  • Each team needs a desk for robot assembly and a laptop/PC for the software. With 15 teams of 3 that is usually at least a very large classroom.
  • A challenge area about 3mx3m is also needed. This needs to be a flat surface and is best if it is table height although on the floor does work
  • The pupils will be moving to and fro between their computers and the challenge area so it is best if they are adjacent
  • I have done it in a small school hall before now – this works very well if you have laptops with good battery life and/or can put power for the laptops around the edge of the room

How much the workshop would cost:

  • This depends on size, duration and distance (from Surrey) - generally in the range £400-£800/day
  • Usually 2 sessions of 2-3 hours although I sometimes squeeze in a third session depending on the school’s timetable
  • Shorter sessions are possible but I find around 2 hours is a better minimum, the activities are interesting and challenging enough to fill a full day
  • Half days and/or after-school sessions also work well

I do need the school to provide the computers/laptops – I will send instructions on how to download the software before the day.

Typical room layout 

 

 

LEGO Education Academy Certified Trainer

BJPCE Limited have links with LEGO Education for delivery of training across the whole product range including:

 

 NXT Robotics WeDo Early Robotics
 Machines and Mechanisms 

Duplo Early Simple Machines

 

LEGO Education Links

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For those using the NXT, there is a superb set of curriculum materials from Carnegie Mellon University

NXT Video Tutorials 2.0 available on DVD or free to access online. BJPCE Limited can also run accelerated CPD to get you started with this fantastic free resource.

Some of the highlights are picked out in the links below - why not take a look. 

Line Following 

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/behaviors/linefollowing/linefollowing.html 

(section 5,6 = basics, section 9 for types of line)

http://www.inpharmix.com/jps/PID_Controller_For_Lego_Mindstorms_Robots.html

For PID controller (Start with proportional and take care with light sensor distance/readings) 

My Blocks

NXT Help > Contents and Index > Custom Blocks > My Blocks

http://www.nxtprograms.com/help/MyBlocks/tutorial.html

Example: constant (50 cm), maths x 20.5 as input to move degrees. Maths and move become a "forward cm" my block. 

Various 

http://education.lego.com/downloads/

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/challenges/additional/treasure1.pdf

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/challenges/additional/dizzy.pdf

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/challenges/additional/parallelparking.pdf

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/challenges/additional/lanechange2.pdf

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/challenges/additional/nxtwashere.pdf

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/behaviors/linefollowing/roboslalom.pdf

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/advanced/variables/variables.html

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/advanced/calculations/calculations.html

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/advanced/values/values.html - needs real time sound speed first

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/advanced/logic/logic.html

http://learn.cs2n.org/solt/lessons/nvt2.0/content/advanced/pipeline/pipeline.pdf