LEGO Robotics Workshop
The workshop was pretty good. It gave some examples of the differences between the RCX and the NXT. Tom also gave an overview of the Robolab software (for the RCX) and the NXT-G language. Seeing 20 or so RCX kits, and 10 NXT kits (plus all the related parts) sitting on one table was a sight to behold. It was like… nirvana… But hey, I digress.
One of my favorite parts, was the overview of the Power Puzzle challenge. I am not coaching a competing team this year, so this was the first time I got to see the playing field up close. After seeing the challenges, and discussing them with a bunch of adults, all I can say is "WOW". I think this is going to be a good challenge this year. Lots of options for points, and many ways to approach and complete the challenges.
I came away from the workshop feeling that there were not a lot of curriculum choices out there for teachers. I know there are a couple of courses, but many of them are expensive, and almost all are geared towards the RCX. Some of the teachers were choosing the RCX as the basis for their course, simply because they can find curriculum easier.
If you're a teacher, what are you using for curriculum?
What would you like to see for curriculum?
I hear the same thing from teachers I speak with... but there are people working on developing stuff.
I also attended the conference and was exposed to a whole new world of robotics challenges. We use Lego Robotics in a technology unit with our applied physics course. I honestly have always "thrown it at the kids" and let them run with the programming and building. I have yet to find a curriculum that would work for my PRE LITERATE students (yep, in the 11th grade!) I did check out the 4H curriculum while at the workshop and will probably purchase that to modify for our students.
Thanks again for all your help and for pointing me to this resource!
There is a 4H curriculum for robotics?
Marie said that there was a curriculum put out for girl scouts, too, but I haven't seen it.
Glad to see you found your way here!
Keep an eye on this site, and the forums. I hear there are some new curriculum options coming out soon.