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What Are Gears?

education appIn this activity, students in grades 4 to 8 use LEGO spur gears to learn about different types of gears and how they are used in many engineering devices, including bicycles, to change the speed, torque, and direction of a power source.

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Robot Soccer Challenge

robocup 2009In this activity, part of a robotics design curricular unit, teams of students in grades 4 – 8 learn how to program LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT intelligent bricks so that one can remotely control the other, gaining skills and an appreciation for wireless communications as they play “robot soccer.”

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Students’ Summer: Lego Robotics Classes

Lego RoboticsThe Journey Museum in Rapids City, SD, is offering two NASA LEGO-Robotics workshops for students, June 9, 2011 and August 4, 2011. Participants will engage in challenges that can be shared with students to encourage the use of imagination, problem-solving skills and team work. Cost: $25 per workshop, $15 for members.

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An Ancient Computer, Now Recreated in Legos

Ancient ComputerIn 1901, a group of deep-sea divers discovered a Roman shipwreck near Antikythera, a small island off the southern coast of Greece. Among the treasures was a small rusted machine that once contained a sophisticated array of cogs and wheels. Now researchers believe they know the purpose of this mysterious device.

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Students Pick Cataracts as their FIRST Challenge

View of an Eye with a CataractEven unsuccessful contestants in the FIRST Lego League competition come up with imaginative ideas. A case in point is the team from Urbandale, Iowa. Challenged to build robots to tackle a biomedical engineering problem, they decided on cataracts.

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Google Plans the Ultimate Science Fair

Google in LEGOGoogle has partnered with NASA, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), National Geographic, Scientific American, and LEGO to create a science fair that is intended to be open, inclusive, and global.

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K-12 Workshop: Parents, Kids, and LEGOS. Tufts U., Mass. March 6

The Tufts University Center for Engineering Education Parent and Child Workshop offers the opportunity for families to build and program their own LEGO inventions. Date: March 6, 2010, 9:00-12:00. Level: Grades K-12. Location: Tufts University CEEO on the Medford, Mass Campus. Cost: $75.

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Student Program: Olympic Legos. Tufts U., Grades 1-6. Jan. 23

In this Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, Students will work to design, build, and program LEGO robots to participate in the LEGO Winter Olympics. Date: Jan 23, 2010. 9:00-12:00 – Grades 1-3, 1:00-4:00 – Grades 4-6. Location: Tufts University CEEO on the Medford Campus. Cost: $50

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