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This site is designed to discuss how we teach and learn STEM concepts through LEGO robotics. What are YOU doing with LEGO robotics this Fall?
Why Study Robotics?
1. Robotics is an excellent way to experience STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) up close and personally.
2. Students participating in robotics learn about STEM careers and experience the same activities as professionals solving real-world problems.
3. Everyone – girls and boys alike – should get a chance to see how much fun it is learning engineering skills this way!

Favorite LEGO Resources
Everyone who's been learning, coaching or teaching has got some Favorite LEGO resources. I like to recommend two books, LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Zoo (directions for building and programming NXT robots without rechargeable batteries. so some engineering modifications will have to be made by the students to make up for the slight size difference of bricks where the battery packs stick out) and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: The Mayan Adventure. Please share your favorites!

If you feel like you don't even know enough to ask your first question, check out the attached PowerPoint, "Getting Started with LEGO NXT Robotics" under Group Files (it has some simple sample challenges and programs) - OR try the NXT tutorial under Group Weblinks.
Please share your tips, ask questions, or provide challenges. Let's make this a great place to come to discuss LEGO robotics!
Meri ;-)
Have fun today!
S.P.S. (Second P.S.)
*What's a COLLABORATIVE? It's a place where people share. They share their knowledge, their theories, and their questions. It's a place where people come together as colleagues, knowing they're safe to discuss needs and concerns and to receive polite advice and suggestions - and lots of good information!


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  • High School/University Challenge - NASA Human Exploration Rover (formerly Great Moonbuggy Race)
    NASA is seeking high school and college/university student teams to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race). In this engineering design challenge that begins in the classroom, students work with teacher advisors to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world while meeting certain NASA specifications. Student teams of up to six members are challenged to design, build and test technologies that enable vehicles to perform in a wide variety of environments.

    The culminating event is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., where student teams will be timed, ranked and scored based on design, safety and how well they traverse the set course-a rugged half mile track of 15 obstacles meant to mimic some of the real terrain challenges of solar system exploration.

    International teams must register by Jan. 10, 2014. U.S. teams must register by Feb. 7, 2014.

    For more information and to register online, visit:
  • See who's coding this week!
    Did you notice today's "google doodle"? Check out this YouTube about this week's Hour of Code!
  • An Hour of Code - Dec. 9-15
    See the article in the section below for details on how you can participate!
  • Youth Rover Challenge
    Build a LEGO Rover to explore a simulated Mars surface (see simulated surface you can assemble from sandbox materials). For teams of five - including the teacher, youth leader, or coach and four students ages 10 to 17 competing in two different age categories. Regional competitions begin this spring. Learn more about this LEGO robotics competition at
  • NASA Girls & NASA Boys Mentoring Project - July 8-Aug. 11
    NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a 5-week period (July 8-August 11). Learn more at: Application deadline: July 2. 2013.
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