Why Lego Mindstorms
LEGO MINDSTORMS system
makes available a great set of tools for learning
various topics in engineering with a hands-on approach.
LEGO bricks, wheels, and other parts make it possible
for students to make their own simple experimental
apparatus. The LEGO robotics microprocessor and
associated sensors, together with the software, create
an environment for data collection, calculation, and for
the documentation of experimental work that suits high
school education. Moreover, the LEGO system is ideal for
use in robotics competitions, where youngsters can
explore and invent their own robotics solutions.
Currently, we are developing a project-based training
session that interface well with the LEGO system. The
session includes models that teach classical mechanics
through engineering. It covers motion, forces, fluids,
work, and energy. The topics are approached from an
engineering perspective, with building and designing
reinforcing the physical and mathematical concepts.
The LEGO system is
available in the market with a good support through the
Internet. The students can purchase the system after the
summer school so they can develop further learning