Move Without Wheels!

Workshop I ran with Travis' help at NSTA conference.

Workshop I ran with Travis’ help at NSTA conference.

I went down to Portland, OR to do a workshop at the NSTA Conference using the new LEGO Education Design and Engineering Curriculum for EV3. The new curricula LEGO Ed. are producing are pretty cool as they load right into EV3 as add-on modules in the lobby, no need to open a 2nd program. The D+E curriculum has a bunch of challenges designed to integrate with the Engineering component of the Next Generation Science Standards. I chose a fun one to do for the workshop, Move Without Wheels. You can see the results below:

You can see the rest of the videos on the Move Without Wheels playlist on my youtube channel!


EV3 Training Day 2


Working on the Stop at Line Tutorial from Robot Educator

Day 2 of our training in Yakima saw the teachers really get into EV3 and start going beyond the tutorials to work on some of the challenges I posted: obstacle course, line follower, counting lines, etc.

While there were a ton of really great successes, one of the things the group found difficult was the use of the gyro sensor.  More on that in a later post.  In the pics below you can see a group struggling to get it to work properly.

It says to do this...

It says to do this…

Hmmmm..... Grrrrrrrrr.....


The next group was trying to get their robot to stop on the yellow line.  As you can see in the three youtube videos they first forgot to add a motor off command, they they looked for something less reflective rather than more reflective (they stop in empty space), and finally they get it right.

That little fist pump at the end is all you want to see as an instructor whether your students are teachers or middle schoolers.  I could care less about grades.  🙂

This group finally got their robot to turn with the gyro sensor, but it was far from easy, as I said, look for a later post on this.

These two groups did some classic line following:

Listen to the interesting background chatter here:

Finally, Eric borrowed an expansion and core kit for the night and stayed up until 1 am Sun. morning working on the elephant.  He finished it just about 4 pm Sunday.