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FIRST Lego League 2017/2018: Theme Hydrodynamics – All about Water

The FIRST Lego League (FLL) fever is on again! This year’s theme is titled Hydrodynamics: it’s about water — how we find it, how we use it and how we dispose it. As always, FLL has picked another great theme for this year’s competition.

At this point, team registration is open, and thousands of teams have already . . . → Read More: FIRST Lego League 2017/2018: Theme Hydrodynamics – All about Water

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Google’s Self-Driving Car Test

The self-driving car now has . . . → Read More: Google’s Self-Driving Car Test

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FIRST Lego League 2011: Food Factor Challenge – Keeping Food Safe

The theme for FLL 2011 is Food Factor; details of the challenge for the tournament will be released on the 2nd of September, says the announcement on the FLL website.

Here is an abstract of this year’s theme from the website:

Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination?   In . . . → Read More: FIRST Lego League 2011: Food Factor Challenge – Keeping Food Safe

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Google Car That Drives Itself

I had posted these “futuristic” thoughts a while ago. But looking at this NY Times article about  Google cars that drive themselves, it appears that the future is here.

The article talks about a car project at Google, and Google’s experiments on real roads:

The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret . . . → Read More: Google Car That Drives Itself

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Why Schools Should Have A Robotics Team

An interesting presentation – How FIRST Robotics can influence students and play a critical role in reshaping school education.

blip.tv . . . → Read More: Why Schools Should Have A Robotics Team

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FIRST Lego League 2009: 14,725 teams from 56 countries

Over 140,000 children are participating in this year’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournament, comprising 14,725 teams from 56 countries. That’s almost a 14% growth over last year’s participation, as the chart on the FLL site shows.

Starting from the pilot tournament in 1998 in which 210 teams from 2 countries participated, FLL has grown steadily across the . . . → Read More: FIRST Lego League 2009: 14,725 teams from 56 countries

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The FIRST Vision: For Science, Technology and Kids

First things first….

What is FIRST?

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Here are some quotes and pictures from the FIRST website.
FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. Founded nearly 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, the . . . → Read More: The FIRST Vision: For Science, Technology and Kids

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A Remote-Controlled Ball? It's A Spherical-Robot Based On Mindstorms NXT

Here is an interesting creation using Mindstorms NXT, a Rolling-Orbital-Bluetooth-Operating-Thing (ROBOT) as its creator calls it.

Spherical Robot 02 (YouTube)

This project uses two NXT controllers: one inside the “thing” and an external one that acts as the remote control. The two controllers communicate via Bluetooth. The external controller is also uses NXT motors that are very cleverly . . . → Read More: A Remote-Controlled Ball? It's A Spherical-Robot Based On Mindstorms NXT

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A Wii-like Robot Controller Using Lego Mindstorms Sensors

I found this cool video demonstrating how to build a Wii-like remote control using Mindstorms NXT sensors. This project uses the compass and acceleration sensors that are not part of the standard NXT kit, but can be purchased separately. RobotC is the language used for programming. 

Click here to view it in the original page if you can’t . . . → Read More: A Wii-like Robot Controller Using Lego Mindstorms Sensors

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Lego Constructopedia – A Gears And Pulleys Quiz

New to Lego? Curious about gears, pulleys and stuff? The Lego Constructopedia has cool graphics that illustrate how you can use gears and pulleys to do various things.

Take this quiz and try to solve the problems before you click on the answers.

1. How do you make two pulleys connected by a belt to turn in opposite . . . → Read More: Lego Constructopedia – A Gears And Pulleys Quiz

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