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Lego Mindstorms Workshop

06 Sep

The third QUT (university) workshop we attended was one focused on Lego Mindstorms.

Of the three workshops, this was the very best.

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The presenters were brilliant.

They engaged and managed the group excellently

and created an environment that was cooperative and challenging.

Our children LOVED this workshop.

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They were working with the EV3 Lego Mindstorm Robot

and had a series of tasks to complete.

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Their first task was to create an addition to their vehicle that,

once programmed,

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would drive around a setting

clearing debris but avoiding obstacles like buildings and vehicles.

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The second task gave the children the skills

to program their vehicles to follow and drive along

specific coloured lines.

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The programming isn’t as difficult as you might imagine.

The Lego Mindstorm uses ‘drag and drop’ programming

so there’s no language to learn,

which makes the task very simple.

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The children merely need to comprehend what they want their robot to do

and translate that into accurate and precise commands.

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The first two workshop tasks taught the children a number of programming skills,

which would be needed in the third task.

The third task was the greatest challenge.

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The children had to program their robot,

using the skills they had previously learned,

to drive up a ramp,

continue driving until the vehicle sensed the edge of the structure,

then turn and drive across the structure,

turn again in line with the target,

and finally drive towards the target,

to push on its bar to raise a satellite.

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It was a fairly involved task,

which required a lot of adjustments,

but, before long, the three boys had worked it out.

The boys worked together beautifully.

In fact, the presenters gave them very high praise

saying their programming skills were outstanding

their collaborative skills were excellent

and they were very impressed with how quickly and well they completed all of the tasks.

The boys loved this workshop!

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2 Comments

Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Field Trips, Technology

 

2 responses to “Lego Mindstorms Workshop

  1. Petra

    September 15, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I’ve loved Lego since I was a kid. Especially mechanical Lego. Dom never got into it :-/

     
  2. Jen in Qld

    October 19, 2016 at 12:44 am

    I am buying the boys the educational set of EV3 for Christmas. I can imagine that my little engineer will be kept quite busy. Maybe your boys can come visit to show us how to do it.

     

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