The T-Box School Robotics Project helps students develop skills for constructing and programming robot models. This project creates an environment which fosters creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.
The T-Box School Robotics Project includes the following elements:
Special Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics kits are used to construct and program the robots students create; these kits include a series of electronic and construction materials. The most important kit components are:
The NXT is considered the brain of a Mindstorms robot. This is a micro-computer that allows a robot to become a self-propelled unit and perform different operations.
The sensors allow the robot to receive data from the environment and modify their behavior. There are light, sound, ultrasonic, touch, and rotation sensors.
The actuators are what make robotic models move.
The Mindstorms NXT 2.1 software lets you program the robot and upload programs to the NXT microcomputer.
There are hundreds of construction items for different models and devices; among them pieces such as gears, shafts, rods, wheels, etc.
Go to the official LEGO Mindstorms site
The centerpiece of the School Robotics Project is the T-Box curriculum which seeks to strengthen the following skills:
The curriculum is structured in three levels:
Each level is gradually increases the complexity of these four elements:
1. Case difficulty.
3. Programming structures.
2. Construction type.
4. Sensor usage.
The educational materials that T-Box provides schools are:
One of the project's main objectives is to train technology instructors and teachers in the field of robotics. This training process ensures that the curriculum is properly implemented and that projects be created in conjunction with other academic areas such as science or math.
The objectives of the training course are: