Tag: Lego Education

Google Science Fair Lego

Lego Mindstorms At The Google Science Fair 2012

Google Science Fair LegoWhen I saw this (very professional) video on Youtube, from the scientific staff and students at Cambridge University I knew it was something I had to share with other families.

As a mother who actively encourages her kids to play with Lego and has done so since the age of zero, I was more than a little proud of both the scientists who put this idea together and of Lego for making this possible.

But I suppose I also felt a little validated in my support of Lego over other cheaper, “easier” toys all these years. See! It can be useful!

Ok. Self-Congratulatory Pat-On-The-Back/Rant over ūüôā

Lego Mindstorms In the Lab

As part of the Google Science Fair project (established in conjunction with Lego amongst others), the team at Cambridge designed a robot using Lego Mindstorms that can aid in their research on bones.

What a wonderful application for a “toy” and I can imagine most of the staff would have played with Lego as a child (and¬†probably¬†as an adult as well).

Enjoy the video :0)

There is another one, about communicating with Robots in English rather than code.

Very inspiring for kids with a passion for Lego and science.

Lego Mindstorms NXT

Lego Mindstorms NXT SetThe creations above were created using the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit.

The kit is highly recommended for kids who show an interest in robots and sequential thinking.

Not all kids who are interested in Lego are naturally interested in Robots. Some (like my son) will move more towards design or architecture and the robotics aspect of Lego does not appeal to them.

However, if you child is 1o years or over and does like robotics/mechanics then the kit would be a wonderful way to develop their interest.

The “NXT” generation of buildable, programmable robots is here!
LEGO¬ģ MINDSTORMS¬ģ NXT is back and better than ever, with new robot models, even more customizable programming, and all-new technology including a color sensor! MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 combines the unlimited versatility of the LEGO building system with an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The new 2.0 toolkit features everything you need to create your first robot in 30 minutes and then tens of thousands of other robotic inventions that do what you want!

  • The intelligent NXT LEGO brick features 32-bit microprocessor, a large matrix display, 4 input and 3 output ports, and Bluetooth and USB communication link
  • Three interactive servo motors
  • Four sensors: Ultrasonic Sensor, 2 Touch Sensors and the all-new Color Sensor
  • Color Sensor has triple functionality: distinguishes colors and light settings, and functions as a lamp
  • Easy-to-use software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming and 16 fun building and programming challenges All the LEGO¬ģ elements (612 pcs) you need for creating incredible robots Building instructions for 4 new amazing robots
  • Personalize your robots with the Sound and Icon editors
  • Share your project files with your friends with the Pack-N-Go project packager
  • Batteries not included
  • You can purchase the NXT kit through Amazon who also offer free shipping.
Lego Education - Universe Physics

Lego Education – Using Lego To Teach Universe Physics

Lego Education - Universe PhysicsLego Education is a big part of the company’s appeal to parents and schools.

Lego has been partnering with educators for a decade or so, using the humble bricks to teach subjects like robotics and mechanics in a practical and visual way.

While Lego has a whole educational branch of sets and products you can purchase, educators themselves have taken up the pedagogical challenge of the brick and developed their own Lego based exercises to help students grasp concepts that may otherwise be confusing in a purely theoretical approach.

One such school, the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of London has put together booklets on particle physics, radiation and radioactivity, all represented using Lego bricks.

There is a particularly fascinating poster demonstrating the growth of the Universe, from it’s creation as a jumble of particles right through the formation of¬†the¬†first atoms and up to the formation of stars and beyond.

If you child is in the higher grades and struggling with these concepts then the booklets and poster might be worth a look. Even if your child is in middle grades the booklets would be a wonderful way to introduce some basic physics concepts and spur further inquiry and interest.

You can find the booklets and poster here.

Thanks to SIMON-THOMAS187, the Online Brand Manager at LEGO Education for the tip.