Music Box

ACTIVITY HEADER

 

 

 

Name of Activity

Music Box

Author

STOMP

Keywords

NXT, music, music box, LEGO, figures, song, gears

Subject

NXTs

Grade Level

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

In this activity, students will design and construct a working NXT music box in which LEGO mini-figures move while a song plays.

Lesson Objectives:

- To learn to build with gears.

- To learn to program music.

Materials Needed:

RCX or NXT

Assortment of LEGO pieces

Gears

Mini-figures

Touch sensor

Computers running LEGO programming software

Preparation and Set Up:

Set up computers running LEGO programming software.

Arrange students in groups of two.

Distribute necessary materials.

Procedure

  1. Have students build a music box using either an RCX or NXT.
  2. The music box should consist of at least 1 sensor to turn it on a motor and gears.
  3. Once students have built their music boxes, begin programming in ROBOLAB Inventor 4 or MINDSTORMS.
    1. The music box should play when a sensor is triggered.
    2. When the sensor is triggered the motor should turn gears that move the mini-figures and the music should play.
    3. When the sensor is triggered again, the music box should stop the movement and music.

Reference 1

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/65_image_2.png

Reference 2

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Music-Box.pdf

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