Lego, robots, and a group of kids. Sounds like an interesting
combination, and that's just what we'll be doing this fall. My daughter is
part of a First Lego League team that will be using Lego Mindstorms to
accomplish a challenge and compete against other teams. There are
over 5,000 teams in North America alone!
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One challenge is getting the kids to focus on all four areas that are part of
the First Lego League challenge. It's so much fun to work with the robot
to run missions, how can I get them to realize that the research project is just
Continue reading "Weekly Scoring" »
I'm coaching a First Lego League team called the Nano Stormers. For one part of the competition, the team has to do a
presentation on the theme of this years' challenge.
Continue reading "Videotaping Kids" »
The Nano Stormers competed at the British Columbia First Lego League
tournament over the weekend.
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I've been reading a borrowed copy of Lego Mindstorms NXT The Mayan Adventure
by Jim Kelly. I'd seen the reviews but hadn't got around to buying this
book. After borrowing both it and the Lego Mindstorms NXT Hacker's Guide,
I'll be buying The Mayan Adventure.
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If you're interested in Lego Mindstorms robots, here's a chance to see a robot
competition over the web.
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We're planning a week long robotics workshop based on The Mayan Adventure
by Jim Kelly.
Continue reading "Mayan Robot Week" »
Today's challenge is to navigate through a tunnel with two left turns, sit
on a pressure plate for 30 seconds and then return out through the tunnel.
Continue reading "Mayan Day One" »
The challenge on Day Two of the Mayan Adventure is for the LEGO NXT robot to move across a string and drop pebbles in vase. I'm glad the book has robot building instructions because I have no idea if the kids are going to figure out this robot by themselves in just a couple of hours.
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Today's challenge was more fun to recreate. The hole in the wall was
just a gap in the cardboard boxes. The kids discovered that if they were
in just the right spot, they could peak around the boxes and see the
basket. We added an extra box just inside the entrance to block that view.
Continue reading "Mayan Day Three" »
I'm not sure about today's challenge. It looks very simple, but needs
a delicate touch.
Continue reading "Mayan Day Four" »
Today's robot challenge is the most elaborate.
Continue reading "Mayan Day Five" »
It's Mayan Adventure week 2! We've been waiting for Jim Kelly's LEGO
MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: The King's Treasure, since we did our first Mayan
Robotics Camp in 2007.
Continue reading "Mayan Adventure 2 - Day One" »