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AppaLEGO City2001-2002Linda Hamiltonhamilton@marshall.edu Transportation Center of Assumption College June 8, 2002

appa lego city science and math on the internet
AppaLEGO CityScience and Math on the Internet

LEGO computers can be programmed over the Internet to run and gather data from you home or school. Run the monorail, have it remain at the station long enough for safe boarding, then move it on to the next. Data log the number and time of the stops. Keep count of the cars through the intersection.

appalego city
AppaLEGO City
  • Red Rover site
  • SENSORSCITY NASA remote sensing site
  • Housed at Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute at Marshall University
university students
University Students
  • Programming and up keep of AppaLEGO City
  • Classes for programming credit
  • Community service
lego software
Red Rover for Teleoperation

In Class

Among classes

Among schools

To other states

With the world

RoboLab for Programming

In class small groups

Systems Engineering-

Small groups projects coordinated together

Internet Programming and data

LEGO Software
  • Starter Sets
  • Cities and Transportation
starter set
Starter Set





Activate Movie

lego dacta cities and transportation sets
LEGO Dacta Cities and Transportation Sets
  • Cars
  • Speed trap
  • Gates
  • Traffic lights
  • Monorail
modeling transportation

At schools and MU

remote sensing website example
Remote Sensing Website Example

December 11, 2001 Barboursville Middle School

Getting data remotely appeared to be easy for three groups of 6th graders.

  • From their computers in their rooms, the students logged onto They checked out some of the pictures of what some of their classmates have done on the current year. They clicked the LEGO camera link to see a live picture of the LEGO CITY.
  • Clicking on SENSORSCITY link,, each group went to work. They made an account with a name and password they would remember, checked out the schedule and signed up for a time slot. Some chose programs to run from those at the site at while they looked through the pictures and descriptions of the scenarios.
  • Others wrote or changed programs using the RoboLab they had. In one room they also watched and operated the CITY with Red Rover soft ware. See instructions to try out Red Rover at the City. The fun came in submitting missions to SENSORS CITY and watching the monorail move while watching over the Internet on the live camera. The little car models moving traffic. The data that comes back over the internet as a graph makes it much easier to compute the car rate.
transportation workshops throughout appalachia
Transportation Workshops Throughout Appalachia
  • Elementary, Middle, and High schools Schools
  • VoTechs, Colleges,Universities
  • Home Schools and though the Internet
intelligent transportation
Intelligent Transportation

Group ProjectsSystems Engineering

robolab programming
RoboLab Programming
  • Sensors
  • Motors and lights
  • Multi-tasking
  • Structures
  • Cornell University Mars Workshop
  • West Virginia Teachers Convention
  • Tufts University SENSORS Workshop
  • National Teachers Convention

Programs like the AppaLEGO use hands-on, real-life activities that build interest in engineering, robotics, and remote sensing among young people. This interest will stay with the students throughout their education, and lead them to careers in transportation and traffic fields. A SENSORS LEGO Robotics Workshop was held at Tuft’s University on June 6-8, 2001. Marshall University, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Glenn, NASA Goddard and NASA Ames representatives planned their SENSORS site and programmed LEGO robotics at the Tufts University SENSORS workshop.

robolab for sensorcity
  • Tufts SENSORS
  • SENSORSCITY web camera
  • Remote programming
  • Remote data
robolab investigator
RoboLab Investigator
  • Programming to take in data from sensors such as pH
  • Data logging can be done over the internet through SENSORS
programming over the internet
Programming over the Internet
  • A car, a monorail and other transportation are available for Teleoperation at the AppaLEGO City since September of 2001.
  • From the Red Rover Red Rover side you can operated the other monorail and gate.
  • The live view on shows the end of the CITY that can be programmed over the internet by RoboLab.
  • Through the Red Rover Red Rover software you can operate and see the the view from the opposite side.
appalego events
AppaLEGO Events
  • Hands on Workshops
  • Internet connections
    • United States
    • The World
red rover teleoperation
Red Rover Teleoperation
  • Install software for earth site or buy and use Mars site
  • CONNECT to
  • Use direction buttons to operate
  • Run programs
  • Traffic count
  • Public transportation control
appalego city1
AppaLEGO City
  • Remote Sensing
  • Data Logging
appalego city2
AppaLEGO City

AppaLEGO City is now an official Science and Engineering NASA Site of Remote Sensing (SENSORS).

SENSORS is a NASA Leading Educators to Applications, Research, and NASA-related Educational Resources in Science Cooperative Agreement Notice. The purpose is to enhance K-12 science, math, technology, and geography education through Internet-based products derived from NASA mission content. With the use of telerobotics and LEGO RCX robots, students can explore and discover different environments.

AppaLEGO City is located at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. One of the goals is to provide quality transportation-related programs to elementary, middle, and high school students, with the express purpose of attracting students to careers in transportation fields. Each year, a variety of workshops are sponsored which enable students to explore the technologies and issues related to transportation in the United States.

The City is built around the LEGO Dacta RCX intelligent programmable brick. Using LEGO Dacta’s ROBOLAB software, students are able to program each of the city’s vehicles and traffic control elements. Previously,using Red Rover software, students at other sites could remotely activate the motors and lights on the City’s LEGO models and run set up programs. Now, using the Internet, students from anywhere can also program the City’s elements themselves and remotely receive information and data from the City. Linda Hamilton, mathematics instructor at Marshall University, working with Chris Rogers of Tufts University Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, has designed AppaLEGO to be operational for remote sensing. Many schools have remotely operated the City’s monorail, gates, traffic counters, and vehicles.

appalego city s e n s o r s
AppaLEGO City S.E.N.S.O.R.S.
  • Science and Engineering NASA Site of Remote Sensing
  • Grant from University Transportation Center of Assumption College
  • Housed at
    • Nick J. Rahall, IIAppalachian TransportationInstitute
    • Marshall University
  • Linda Hamilton