This multimedia curriculum is an ideal tool to introduce robots into the middle or high school classroom.
It provides teachers with an engaging program to teach STEM concepts utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robots. Students learn how to program basic robot behaviors using motors and rotation, sound, light, touch and ultrasonic sensors. Fifteen in-depth research lessons are based on real-world robots. Step-by-step videos teach students how to use the programming language, build robots, basic robot behavior, use of sensors, robot competition, etc.

Students start by learning basic robot building instructions, programming and movement then move on to working with sensors and more complex robot behaviors. Twelve indepth research projects cover key STEM concepts, step-by-step programming instructions, and many challenge questions to reinforce key educational outcomes.


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Product Overview video
Teacher Quickstart video

Student Content
Full Speed Ahead  research prototype
Wheels & Distance  investigation
Right Face  research prototype
Measured Turns  investigation
NXT Controller Menus
Fractions  powerpoint
Ultrasonic Sensors

Teacher Tools
Six week STEM unit lesson plan
How robotics achieves educational outcomes
Teacher Material - Right Face
Teacher Material - Measured Turns

Key educational outcomes

Graphs and tables
Linear relationships
Scaling and models
Ratios & proportions
Unit conversions
Boolean logic
Spatial reasoning

Purpose of technology
Technology relationships
Design tradeoffs
Mechanical elements


Hypothesis & evidence
Experimental design
Observations & predictions
Data analysis & acquisition
Error analysis
Amplitude and frequency
Light and reflectivity
Color and perception
Spatial graph model
Ultrasonic waves
Speed, distance & power

Brainstorming solutions
Reasoning with evidence
Explanatory composition
Documenting processes


Teacher’s Guide – Includes extensive teacher tools such as notes, lesson plans, presentations, student worksheets, rubrics, evaluation guides, quizzes and answer keys for all the topics covered, i.e. programming, sensors, gear ratios, research report, presentations, etc. All robotic concepts in the curriculum are mapped to national standards for mathematics, science and technology to support STEM standards. This is an ideal tool for teachers who are introducing robotics into their classroom. Extensive mult-media teacher tools make prior experience teaching robotics or programming unnecessary.

Classroom Requirements –One LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Education Kit and one computer for every group of 2-4 students. Each computer should have access to thiis curriculum and LEGO MIndstorms Education NXT programming software.

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Robots  Mindstorms NXT or RCX
Programming  NXT-G
Prerequisite  None
Student level  Middle and High School

System requirements:
Windows® XP, Service Pack 2 or later.
Internet Explorer 6.0 or later. Mozilla Firefox® 1.5 or later.
Macintosh® OSX 10.3.9 or later. Safari 1.3.2 or later.
For use with LEGO® MINDSTORMS®
Education NXT software and Base Set 9797 (sold separately)

Product Code  991282
Price  $269.95 for classroom license

Developed at the Robotics Academy
Carnegie Mellon University
Ten 40th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15210
412 963.7310

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