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DiscoveryCAMP Mindstorms NXT

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DiscoveryCAMP NXT gives students an insight into solutions for modern factories and industries. While building and programming 12 intricately designed robot models, students learn how maths, physics and extraordinary machines can bring exciting goals within reach.

Contents:

  • Full access to 12 comprehensive robotics lessons designed to inspire and teach. Materials for each lesson include:
    • extensive introduction to the lesson illustrated with graphics and animation,
    • detailed building instructions for building the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot,
    • step-by-step programming guide,
  • printable lesson plan for the teacher – a great source for ideas and assistance,
  • access to RoboCAMP's teacher's handbooks.

Requirements:

  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT or NXT Education set
  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT Software
  • an Internet connection


If you are looking for RoboCAMP curriculum in your language, please check the versions issued by our distributors.

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Manipulator


The manipulator is a precise robotic arm with surprising number of applications. We can see them in many factories, laboratories and even on military robots. Our manipulator is tasked with grabbing, picking up and transporting a coloured ball from one stand to another. The arm is controlled by the buttons on the NXT brick, which rotates the arm about its axis and a simple lever that uses the rotation sensor in the motor to decide the speed of arm’s ascent and descent. Working with the manipulator is a great way to show children what are the technical advancements used in the factory production lines and how the modern manipulators work.

Bridge Layer


This vehicle is equipped with a portable bridge that can be set over a precipice. It moves on a set of caterpillar tracks that provide stability and good gripping on any type of surface. A distance sensor is aimed towards the ground and is used to detect any chasm it might be approaching. Upon detection, the robot stops, sets the bridge up and use it to move over the deep. The width of the bridge can be adjusted. During this exercise we can talk about tanks and other types of tracked vehicles.

Anemometer


Anemometer is a device used by meteorologists to measure the speed of wind. This robot is using a set of three cone-shaped cups fixed on a rotor – the harder we blow at them, the faster the rotor will move. Rotations are counted with a color sensor. This exercise is a great opportunity to talk about climate, weather and its major components.

Pin Counter


This robot is tasked with accurately counting all LEGO Technic pins that are in its container. Sophisticated gearing and a piston are used to vibrate the container. Pins within it are being moved to a special gutter equipped with color sensor, which detects its color and count each pin that goes through. A pin counter is another robot used to relieve people from performing arduous tasks that require focus. While building this machine we often talk about the history of industry and innovations adopted on production lines in the last century.

Conveyor


The conveyor is a simple machine that, like the mythological Sisyphus, moves a small ball to the top of a gully, just to let it roll down and then lifts it up again. The whole process is controlled with a colour sensor, which detects the presence of the ball in the conveyor bucket. The conveyor arm is then swung to transport the ball up. The NXT brick counts each repetition of this process. This exercise encourages discussions about conveyor belts and various automated production systems that use many simple machines to perform simple, repetitive tasks.

Flight Simulator


This model allows us to steer a small helicopter. Two motors are used in this construction – one to power the rotor and a second one to lower and raise the helicopter itself. A small joystick made from a touch sensor controls the actions performed by the model. During the exercise it is worth talking about pilot training and how machines are used for specialised education.

Vehicle


This mobile robot, simply called the Vehicle, moves on three wheels – two of them are powered by motors and the third one is used for stabilization. Robot has a very simple design and is well suited for novice robotics enthusiasts. Its task is to avoid obstacles on its way by a properly written program. It is possible to modify this robot by equipping any type of sensor to expand its capabilities. During this exercise we often talk about different types of wheeled vehicles and their most recognizable features.

Music box


Music Box is a very unique robot that changes the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 set into a music instrument. A single servomotor is rotating a fixed color sensor in a uniform motion. Upon detection of predetermined color, the NXT brick plays a corresponding tune. By placing a series of colored balls on the way of the sensor it is possible to play simple melodies. This unique construction gives us a great opportunity to talk about different sound characteristics like pitch or timbre, methods of recording music (on paper, vinyl disc, hard drive etc). We also talk about different automated devices created for entertainment.

Tester


The main element of this device is a rotating launcher that can be controlled with NXT buttons. Robot is fitted with ultrasonic sensor that allows it to precisely determine the distance to its target. Touch sensor is used to fire the projectile. While building the launcher it is important to talk about the application of different types of launchers.

Mazebot


This unique robot is able to autonomously navigate through a maze of winding corridors and tunels. It moves on tracks, which provide excellent gripping on various types of surface. Ultrasonic sensor aimed forward allows it to detect the distance to the nearest obstacle, stop just before the wall and turn in place, even in absolute darkness. During this exercise it is important to elaborate about the phenomenon of accustic echo and usage of ultrasounds – in the animal world as well as in medicine, science and industry.

Launcher


The main element of this device is a rotating launcher that can be controlled with NXT buttons. Robot is fitted with ultrasonic sensor that allows it to precisely determine the distance to its target. Touch sensor is used to fire the projectile. While building the launcher it is important to talk about the application of different types of launchers.

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