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Spring 2013

Fellows: Whitney Crooks and Laura Coughlin

  1. Class 1 (1/30): NXT overview - powerpoint, videos, how to program on an NXT
    1. Silly Walks
  2. Class 2 (2/6): continue Silly Walks
  3. Class 3 (2/13): Lunar Rover
  4. No class (2/20)
  5. Class 4 (2/27: LEGO challenge 2: Dr. E’s Global RoboZoo RoboZoo
  6. Class 5 (3/6): LEGO challenge 2: Dr. E’s Global RoboZoo RoboZoo
  7. Class 6 (3/13): LEGO challenge 2: Dr. E’s Global RoboZoo RoboZoo
  8. No class (3/20)
  9. Class 7 (3/27): Line follower
  10. Class 8 (4/3): Line follower
  11. Class 9 (4/10): Line follower
  12. Class 10 (4/24): Final Challenge
    1. 5 level activity to challenge students at different levels of understanding
      1. Level One: Build a car.
      2. Level Two: Program the car on the NXT brick to move forward, then backward.
      3. Level Three: Rewrite the program using LEGO Mindstorms.
      4. Level Four: Edit the program so the car beeps as it moves backwards.
      5. Level Five: Incorporate sensors so that the car stops when it runs into something or when it hears you clap.

Fall 2012

Fellows: Whitney Crooks and Jen Scinto

Semester Outline

  • First day
    • What is an engineer?
    • What do you need to make a city?
    • Tallest building out of spaghetti and marshmallows
  • Bridges (3 classes)
    • Toothpicks and glue
    • 1st class
      • Bridge info
      • Design
      • Start building
    • 2nd class
      • Build
      • Maybe test
      • Debrief
    • 3rd week
      • test or move onto something else
  • Earthquakes (2 classes)
    • Legos and shake table
    • 1st class
      • Intro
      • Design
      • Build
    • 2nd class
      • finish building
      • test
        • tournament style
        • debrief
  • Water filtration (1 class)
    • Materials
      • 2 liter bottles
      • Dirt, rocks, sand, gravel, coffee filters, cheese cloth, rubber bands, mesh/tool, charcoal
  • Wind turbines (1 class)
    • Materials
      • Cups (plastic and paper), plates (plastic and paper), paper towel rolls, pencils, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, straws, glue, duct tape
  • Mayan brick building (2 classes)
    • Materials
      • Red or brown air dry clay, sand, and water
      • Something to cut with
      • Wax paper
      • Bowls
      • Glue
    • 1st class
      • Into
      • Brick making and design
    • 2nd class
      • build

Spring 2012

Fellows: Amanda Rock and Emma Rubin

Semester Outline

Week 1:Paper bridges

Week 2: Animal Adaptations

Week 3: Intro to Robotics Unit 1 http://stompnetwork.org/tufts/images/pdf/intro_robotics_1_10.pdf

Build NXT Cars

Week 4: Going the distance (Lesson 2 from the Intro to Robotics Unit 1)

*Students programmed their cars to drive forward for a set amount of time and created graphs of distance vs. time. The challenge was to determine the amount of time they needed to program their cars to make them drive a specified distance.

Week 5: Platform 9 3/4

Week 6: Velociraptor

NXT Programming Presentation


Fall 2011

Fellows: Laney Siegner and Dulce Delgado

Semester Activities Outline

Week 1: September 30

  • Introductions to STOMP, our goals/purpose for the semester
    • What do engineers do? Who are they? Give examples, bring in pictures, talk about EWB!
    • Bring in Photo release forms, due next week
    • Engineering Design Process- distribute 1 for everyone
    • Mini wind turbines

Week 2: October 7

  • Paper towers activity
    • Images from Solar Decathalon and other architectural projects; civil engineering focus
    • What are strong shapes?
    • We’re all being architects today, practical example of innovation: LEED buildings
    • Emphasize the “Re-design” part of the Engineering Design Process

Week 3: October 21

  • Water filters activity
    • Design and build a water filter to create the cleanest water in a plastic cup
    • Themes of clean water and environmental engineering

Week 4: October 28

  • Catapults
    • Basic intro to levers

Week 5: November 4

  • Ramp Car Rolling Activity
    • Mechanical Engineering

Week 6: November 11

  • Egg Drop!
    • Planning and materials list brainstorm
    • Emphasis on Engineering Design Process and open-ended projects; students generate their own list of materials to protect their eggs

Week 7: December 2

  • Egg drop testing and final wrap-up of STOMP!
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