Hi all. I linked to this group off of Wes' page. The Lego transformers were what initially brought me to MOC. Can't say I've done much with Legos since my childhood days, but our high school has recently reorganized into small learning communities, three cheers for educational fads, and I'm the Language Arts teacher in the engineering community. I started thinking about LEGOs because I know they do a robotics competition and playing with LEGOs is about my only connection to engineering. I'd love to "meet" the group and hear what you all do while I mull over how to best utilize this group's expertise.
Hey Dan! I don't have any Lego Robotics experience, even from a hobbying standpoint, but as a teacher, here's what I've done with Lego:
Reading contests (read a book, build with Lego)
Lego classes (after-school, parents pay a small fee to cover my time)
GATE classes (paid by district - we made short video clips or picture stories)
Lego camps (1 week camps, 3 hours a day)
Feel free to ask questions about any of these if you want more details. I got inspiration for the camps idea by viewing Dave Kaleta's and Dave Xandegar's work, and by talking with them. (I'm not sure if Xandegar still has a page up, though). Permalink
Yeah ... no kidding. I just hope we stay with this fad long enough for me to get something developed that we can have fun with. A little more about my situation, I work in a Title 1 high school; the good thing is that means people like to throw grant money if the idea excites them, the bad thing is that there usually aren't many resources (people, otherwise) pulling with you as you try to get the idea up to the momentum point because often times extra-curricular really is just seen as "extra." The robotics thing seemed concrete, just because the product and competitions are all pre-existing, but I liked some of your ideas Wes as well. I recently downloaded a copy of Legos Digital designer ... really liked the "design by me" concept, if not the brickset and price a creation ends up being. LDD seemed like the cheapest and most efficient way to get going. I don't have any of my old legos and can't imagine where I would store them at the school or in my apartment, but I could easily get permission to install a few copies on the computers in the lab and have the kids play around with those to see what type of interest there is before committing to something more ambitious like the funding/process for the robotics program. Any thoughts on the Lego CAD type options and curriculum/challenges that could be laid before the kids? (a building progression if you will) Permalink