Name of Activity Say “Hello”
Author STOMP
Keywords NXT, communicate, message, programming, MINDSTORMS
Subject NXTs
Grade Level 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Students will program their NXT to communicate a message.
Lesson Objectives: To learn about how to communicate a message using MINDSTORMS NXT software.
Materials Needed: – One NXT brick per student pair.
– Computer running MINDSTORMS NXT software.
Preparation and Set Up: – Set up computers running MINDSTORMS NXT software.
– Arrange students in pairs.
– Distribute NXT bricks.
  1. Program the NXT to display text on the screen and say hello when a touch sensor is pressed.
    1. Program the NXT to wait for the touch sensor
    2. After the touch sensor has been pressed students will program their computer to convey a message using sound and the NXT display.
    3. When the program is over clear the display.
    4. Loop the program so that the message can be displayed every time the touch sensor is pressed.
  2. Have studnets test and redesign their program. Students can change the message if they desire.
Extensions: – Add a graphic to the display.
– Build a flag or arm to wave to add to your greeting.
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