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Applied Robotics: The NXT Step

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New workshop dates will be announced Fall 2007.

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Expand your knowledge of robotics and learn how to integrate robot design projects into your K-12 classroom curriculum.

Teachers will continue to hone their construction and programming skills as we explore the classroom potential of the new LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT brick.

With its redesigned look and feel, expanded array of sensors and improved programming software, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT provides.

This workshop is perfect for the K-12 teacher who has worked with ROBOLAB™ and LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ and has experience with either the RCX or new NXT robotics kit.


What you take home

Schedule of Topics

Day 1

Welcome to Texas Tech. Unpack, stretch your legs and get ready for a hands-on week of robotics and engineering design.

  • Check-in
  • Welcome and Workshop overview
  • Build or Bust: Time Management, Building and Programming
  • Curriculum Connection: The P's & Q's of Successful Robotics Lessons
Day 2

Sensors & Software. Your introduction to the new LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT begins with a look at the all new NXT sensors and redesigned LEGO MINDSTORMS Education Software.

  • Overview of LEGO MINDSTORMS Education Software and sensors
  • Sensor Activities
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS Education Software Tips
  • Programming challenges
  • Curriculum Connection: Mixing Sensors and Software with Classroom Learning
Day 3

Real World Robotics. Continuing our investigation of software and sensors, we'll look at real world applications for robotics education.

  • Engineering Site Visit
  • Overview of NXT Robotics Engineering Curriculum
  • Building a 'Bot with the NXT Education Resource Set
  • Curriculum Connection: Applying Robotics to Real World Education
Day 4

Individual Design Challenges

  • Engineering challenges using robotics sensors
  • Robotics Challenge Competition
  • Curriculum Connection: Integrating Engineering Design into Robotics Lessons
Day 5

Final Challenge

  • Engineering Site Visit
  • Final Project Overview
  • Project design time
Day 6

Demo Day

  • Tinkering time and demo setup
  • Project demos and presentations
  • Evaluations


Located a block away from the Center for Engineering Outreach, Gordon Hall offers convenience and comfort for workshop participants during the week.

Amenities include:

Each private bedroom and bathroom shares a common living area with one other workshop participant — perfect for teaming up on workshop projects. Parking, classroom and dining facilities are located within a comfortable walking distance.

Housing and meals are included in the cost of the workshop. Participants will check-in Sunday afternoon and leave Friday afternoon. Meals will be provided beginning Monday at breakfast.

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About the Instructors

Kathy Holberg and Peggy Riemers are 6th grade robotics teachers in Bastrop ISD. In addition to their work inside the classroom, they have given numerous teacher and student workshops focused on robotics and engineering for Regions 12 and 13. They've also been spotted working with LEGO Education throughout the past year to promote the new Mindstorms NXT kit.

Paula Yezak and Terry Gibbons are Instructional Technology Specialists for Temple ISD. Experienced in developing and leading workshops, Paula and Terry specialize in graphic and web design, video conferencing and technology curriculum development.

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