Friday, February 22, 2008

NXT Paper Plane Shooter

How about using the NXT to launch a paper plane. It looks like a plane flying off an aircraft carrier.




For more details head on over the to the nxtasy.org blog.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Real Life Robotic Arm

NXT Step blog posted links to a fascinating story and video about Segway's (Dean Kamen's company) efforts to create a robotic arm for disabled people.

Dean Kamen's 'Luke Skywalker' bionic arm


Here is the link to the video report about it on IEEE Spectrum Online:

Friday, February 08, 2008

NXT Resources

Norm and I held an in-service on NXT robotics today. I mentioned several resources and I wanted to post some further information.

I mentioned the following web sites:
You will find information about the book, Lego Mindstorms Nxt: The Mayan Adventure by James Floyd Kelly on The NXT STEP - LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Blog.

Friday, February 01, 2008

NXT Training in Eastern School District of NL

There will be an opportunity on February 8th, for teachers in the Eastern School District to attend a training session about using the NXT LEGO MINDSTORMS kit in the classroom. Here is the info:

Title: Introduction to LEGO NXT robotics
Date: Friday, February 8, 2008
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: St. Francis School - Tech Ed computer lab
Trainers: Thomas Sheppard and Norm Littlejohn

This session is designed as an introduction to using the NXT MINDSTORMS robotics kit for use in the junior and senior high technology programs (The new kit was introduced in 2006 and is replacing the RCX-based MINDSTORMS robotics kit).

Topics will include the basics of building and programming an NXT robot using sensors and attachments. The priority will be on integrating robotics into the curriculum to accomplish course outcomes.