LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is a powerful and engaging tool for teaching engineering, technology, science, and mathematics. Tufts University’s CEEO Summer LEGO Engineering Institute gives teachers the background they need to make effective use of LEGO robotics in their classrooms.
Through hands-on, open-ended design projects, participants will learn engineering concepts, LEGO hardware & software, and related pedagogy. Throughout, we will focus on effective classroom implementation: how to share these concepts with students in an approachable and creative way.
The Institute is geared towards high school and middle school teachers. It is open to any K-12 teacher, informal education provider, volunteer, or member of industry interested in learning about LEGO Engineering.
Dates: August 7 – 11, 2017
Time: 9am – 4pm
This session is designed for educators with little or no experience with LEGO MINDSTORMS. Participants will learn the basics of LEGO programming, building, and data logging, including the use of motors, sensors, and gears. Classroom management will also be discussed—running multi-day open-ended projects, appealing to both girls and boys, grouping students effectively, organizing and storing materials. Sample project: attach a gyro sensor and markers to a simple car and program it to draw spirograph designs.
Dates: August 14 – 18, 2017
Time: 9am – 4pm
This session is designed for educators with previous experience with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 or NXT. Participants will build on their previous experience, learning more advanced programming, building, and data-logging techniques. Programming topics include multiple switches, variables, data wires, mathematical operations, and arrays. Building topics include different types of gears and mechanisms such as four-bar linkages and reciprocating legs. Sample project: design a robotic puppy that uses proportional control to heel.