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Robotics Resources for Educators Using Programmable LEGO Materials

Suggestions for ordering LEGO sets for class use
This document makes suggestions about how to plan and budget for the purchase of LEGO robotics materials.

MicroWorlds EX Robotics
The best software ever developed for learning, construction of multimedia projects and robotics control.

MicroWorlds EX Robotics downloadable reference handout.

Recommended LEGO & robotics books

Great LEGO Challenges
Here is a collection of 13 challenges sure to inspire classroom creativity.

25 Things to Do With LEGO Robotics
A timeless list of project ideas.

Constructionism, team-building and reflective practice
Learn how web design, digital video, photography, reflective practice, engineering, programming and team-building can be successfully combined in one robotics project.

Fred Martin's Art of LEGO
Fred Martin, the engineer behind the RCX brick, wrote a terrific paper explaining LEGO engineering principles.

The Art of LEGO 2
MIT Media Lab graduate students, Arnan (Roger) Sipitakiat, Paulo Blikstein and Rahul Bhargava created a handy color collection of strategies for assembling LEGO elements.

New Workshop!

Improvisational Robotics - Authentic Opportunities for the Construction of Knowledge

LEGO Robotics offers students a high-tech high-touch improvisational medium for interdisciplinary learning. An ability to identify rich problems is required to engage learners of all ages. We will explore different approaches to bringing the curriculum alive through an improvisational approach to robotics. The new MicroWorlds EX Robotics software will be used to create interdisciplinary projects that combine the real world with the screen.

Click here for more workshop information.

Windows Tower Driver for USB RCX (yellow brick)
If you run MicroWorlds EX Robotics on the PC with the RCX Yellow Brick hardware, Windows will require you to instal this otherwise difficult to find driver.

Mars Mission is Child's Play with the Right Building Blocks
A newspaper account of the LEGO Robotics workshop I ran at the NASA Deep Space Laboratory in Australia's Capital Territory. From the Canberra Times.

Computationally-Rich Constructionism and At-risk Learners
A paper presented at the 2001 World Conference on Computers in Education by Gary Stager. In this paper, Gary explores some of the LEGO work done by children in Maine's juvenile prison

Media Pieces About the Constructionism Project in the Maine Youth Center

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