Solar Powered LEGO Robot Workshops Are a Hit with Students and Teachers

Recently Dexter Industries teamed up with the University of Arizona to bring solar powered robots to engineering teaching.  Students are getting hands-on learning experience in solar engineering using the dSolar to power their LEGO MINDSTORMS robots. A teaching concept that lets students power up Lego robots by retrofitting them with mini solar panels is making ...

New Lab: NXT Solar Powered Car

A new lab from K12Lab.com!  This project explores solar energy with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and the dSolar 4W. Solar power is becoming increasingly important to scientists and engineers. Solar energy comes from the sun and photovoltaic (PV) cells (among other ways) can turn sunlight into usable electricity. Solar power is growing in size and importance. ...

New Lab: Measure Heat from a Computer With a Thermal Infrared Sensor

A great new lab and resource for teachers from K12Lab.com.  The lab uses the Thermal Infrared Sensor to read the heat coming from a computer: Explore the thermodynamics of modern devices and measure the heat generated by your computer as you run different programs using LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and the Dexter Industries Thermal Infrared (TIR) ...

Wheel Chair Control with the NXTBee, RobotC

Wheel Chair Control with the NXTBee, RobotC
Yaya Lu has entered the Robogal challenge, a really interesting science challenge.  Her project is an “Independent Wheelchair Control for a Quadriplegic”.  The video and pictures below show her invention, controlled with facial movements.  The controller, shaped almost like a mask, communicates withe the wheelchair via the NXTBee.  Very cool! Did you like this? Share ...

Engineering is Not Boring

Engineering is Not Boring
We saw this article in Popular Science and had to share.  Many who follow this blog are interested in engineering; either you teach, you study, or you practice.  The common perception remains:  studying engineering is boring.  However, in Sept. 2011′s issue, Popular Science ranks 25 awesome places to study science and engineering. Did you like ...

“E” is for Engineer

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Datalogging for Dexter Industries Sensors

Datalogging for Dexter Industries Sensors
We’ve added new NXT-G Blocks so you can start Data Logging with our educational sensors. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet