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Getting Started in the Classroom. Ordering Materials. Materials used here 9797 Kit (NXT kits) LEGO Mindstorms Education NXT Software (NXT-G) Other Materials Extra Pieces http://www.legoeducation.com/store/default.aspx?CategoryID=162&by=9&c=1 NXT Education Resource Kit – 671 pieces

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Ordering materials
Ordering Materials

  • Materials used here

    • 9797 Kit (NXT kits)

    • LEGO Mindstorms Education NXT Software (NXT-G)

  • Other Materials

    • Extra Pieces

      • http://www.legoeducation.com/store/default.aspx?CategoryID=162&by=9&c=1

    • NXT Education Resource Kit – 671 pieces

      • http://www.legoeducation.com/store/detail.aspx?ID=1277


Organizing your lego collection
Organizing your LEGO collection

  • Kits

    • More accountability for students

    • Everyone has same access to pieces

    • Intensive Sorting

  • Bins

    • Easier to sort

    • Students have access to all pieces

    • Can run out of limited pieces

  • Mini-Kits

    • Essential/limited pieces, everything else in bins


Student groups
Student Groups

  • Ideal - 2 students : 1 kit : 1 computer

  • Realistic Solutions

    • Give students roles - programmer, builder, designer, spokesman - rotate roles

    • Design Contracts - I build this part, you build this part

    • Timers - 5 minutes on computer, then switch


A note on gender
A Note on Gender

  • In general, same sex pairs work better

    • Girls tend to plan before building

    • Boys tend to grab pieces and start building without a plan

  • Types of activities

    • Variety - not all cars or animals

    • Consider competition carefully


Book recommendations
Book Recommendations

  • The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide by David J. Perdue

    • http://mindstorms.lego.com/books/

  • Primary Engineering: Projects for Grades K-2 by Terry Green

  • Engineering with LEGO Bricks and ROBOLAB (3rd edition) by Eric Wang

  • Physics by Design (2nd edition) by Barbara Bratzel

    • www.LEGOeducation.com


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