|Name of Unit||Intro to NXT|
|Author(s)||Westerman + Bhatti|
|School||Arthur D. Healey|
|Brief Description||Basic structure and programming of NXT robots will be explored, mostly through the use of cars. Because the curriculum was changed significantly after a couple of weeks, some of the earlier lessons also contain a focus on animal adaptations.|
|Keywords||Healey, Garton, 4th grade, NXT, cars|
|Number of Weeks||10|
|Week 1||Discussed animal adaptations. Built animals using NXT kit pieces (not incorporating the brick or motors).http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2013/07/16/animal-adaptations/|
|Week 2||Had students attempt to incorporate NXT bricks and motors into their existing animal models.http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2013/07/16/animal-adaptations/|
|Week 3||Started from scratch and had students build functioning NXT cars with at least two wheels that had the ability to move and turn.
|Week 4||Finished building NXT cars (more explicitly guided this time to allow students to move on to the programming).
|Week 5||Started programming the cars. Presented a series of challenges that didn’t require sensors|
|Week 6||Introduced sensors in the context of human senses, and talked specifically about the ultrasonic sensor. Gave challenges based on the ultrasonic sensor.http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/home/introduction-to-sensors-ultrasonic-sensor/|
|Week 7||Continued work on the ultrasonic sensor challenges. Many more groups were able to be successful given the extra time.http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/home/introduction-to-sensors-ultrasonic-sensor/|
|Week 8||We introduced the idea of loops as well as the sound sensor. The class then attempted to create robots that could play a sound version of “Red Light, Green Light,” where robots had to alternately move and stop on hearing sounds of a certain volume.
|Week 9||Started the final project, which was a Rube-Goldberg machine involving robotic cars. Each car starts in one of a series of consecutive blocks on the floor, and has to contact the robot in the adjacent block to make it move.http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2013/07/15/rube-goldberg-machine/|
|Week 10||Continued work on the Rube-Goldberg machine and completed a final test.http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2013/07/15/rube-goldberg-machine/|