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LEGO Mindstorms Robotics activity day

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LEGO Mindstorms NXT Activity Day

A brief description of how the workshop will be run:

  • I provide 15-18 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 2-3 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 is needed:

  • 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 small gym or two adjacent classrooms. Ideally a school hall. Laptops must have good battery life or a way to put power for chargers around the edge of the room.
  • 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. Two table tennis tables are ideal. Staging also works well.
  • The pupils will be moving to and fro between their computers and the challenge area so they need to be adjacent

How much the workshop would cost:

  • This depends on size, duration and distance (from Surrey) – generally in the range £500-£950/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 will send instructions on how to download free software to school computers before the day. I can provide laptops (but at additional cost).