Sunday, March 20, 2016

Book Review: The LEGO Adventure Book: Robots, Planes, Cities, & More...


     The LEGO Adventure Book: Robots, Planes, Cities, & More. by Megan H. Rothrock, is the third book in the series. When volume 2 left off, The Destructor had been caught and was off to jail leaving the world’s AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) safe to continue to create…

Oh no, he’s escaped!

     Once again Megan Rothrock, Meg, takes us on another adventure with the storyline written in text bubbles with cartoon LEGO characters as she is in pursuit of
“The Destructor” and along the way she introduces the reader to some of the world’s amazing LEGO builders. The featured builders are seriously talented AFOLs from all walks of life - a Postman, a Science teacher, Aircraft Parts Manager, IT Developers, Police Constable, and a Historic Preservation Advisor. A mini profile, with a custom minifigure, is given for each builder with web links showcasing their models.
     As in the previous books, Rothrock features some awesome models with amazing details. There are 40 step-by-step breakdowns on how to build the models such as a classic movie theater, an ice cream truck, and even sushi, plus nearly 150 example models in full color. Also, included are building tips from the builders themselves.
     The LEGO Adventure Book: Robots, Planes, Cities, & More. (Vol. 3) by Megan H. Rothrock, No Starch Press 2015, is another great read to add to your LEGO book collection. With the purchase of a printed book , come a free eBook. It may also be purchased at Amazon

     Of course, our heroine catches up with Destructor and he is captured, again… but wait, what is this???

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Book Review: LeGology Technology: Brics~2~Electronics...


          If you are looking for ideas for a STEM or STEAM curriculum, LeGology Technology: Brics~2~Electronics is a book of lesson plans and ideas for teachers/instructors who want to use LEGO(R) elements as another tool in teaching a variety of subjects. The flexible lessons cover Pre-K to Middle School. For teachers of students with Special Needs, you will find that many of the lessons are doable & adaptable to meet their students’ special needs. 



Using an outline-narrative form; the lessons cover the concepts being taught, suffused LEGO elements, materials needed, info and worksheets, and brief instructions with sample pictures for the projects. The lessons can be incorporated into various subject areas: science, math, literacy, social studies, technology, art, & music, or the lessons can be taught as a separate discipline that touches on several subject areas. The lessons encourage the creative use of LEGO elements while teaching various concepts. For the electronics LEGO Power Functions(R) are used and other products such as littleBits(R) are suggested.





LeGology Technology: Brics~2~Electronics by V.Greene Brics~2~Bots. 2016 is available in eBook form for Kindle on Amazon.com.



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Monday, March 14, 2016

FLL - Trash TreK: NYC FLL Finals - Winners...

NYC FIRST LEGO League Finals

Congratulations to all the Winners!

1st Place Champions Award
CN: Rogue - IS 192Q,
Invited to the FIRST (World) Championship in St. Louis, Missouri

2nd Place Champions Award
Chapin Bots Team 1 - Chapin School

3rd Place Champions Award
Chapin Bots Team 2 - Chapin School

1st Place Robot Performance
Sonic Gears - Neighborhood Group

2nd Place Robot Performance
CN: Rouge - IS 192Q

3rd Place Robot Performance
TopGearz - IS 119Q

1st Place Mechanical Design
Sonic Gears - Neighborhood Group

2nd Place Mechanical Design
Transformation Master Builders - Transformation School


3rd Place Mechanical Design
7 LEGO All Star Builders - Transformation School

1st Place Programming Award
AfterPop - Dalton School

2nd Place Programming Award
FLASH - Sacred Heart School

3rd Place Programming Award
New Schoolers - IS 227Q

1st Place Robot Strategy & Innovation Award
Ryan Lions - JHS 216Q

2nd Place Robot Strategy & Innovation Award
LEGOMINDS - Neighborhood Group

3rd Place Robot Strategy & Innovation Award
Genesis Incinerators - Xaverian HS

1st Place Research Award
Genesis Oscars - Xaverian HS

2nd Place Research Award
TopGearz - IS 119Q

3rd Place Research Award
Brooklyn Bots - PS 161B

1st Place Research Presentation Award
St. Clare Transformers 2 - St. Clare School

2nd Place Research Presentation Award
Robotics Squad - IS 51S

3rd Place Research Presentation Award
Flying Bison - Neighborhood Group

1st Place Innovative Solution
Trinity Gold - Trinity School

2nd Place Innovative Solution
Future - School of the Future HS

3rd Place Innovative Solution
Agents of T.R.A.S.H. - Forest Hill Robotics League

1st Place Global Innovation Award
The Anderson Dragons - PS 9M

2nd Place Global Innovation Award
Robotics Squad - IS 51S

3rd Place Global Innovation Award
Brooklyn Bots - PS 161B

1st Place Core - Gracious Professionalism
Robo-Panthers - Michael Petrides School

2nd Place Core - Gracious Professionalism
St. Clare Transformers 1 - St. Clare School

3rd Place Core - Gracious Professionalism
The Dorkables - Girl Scouts

1st Place Core - Teamwork
Cadette Supergirls - Girl Scouts

2nd Place Core - Teamwork
Grace Gremlins 1 - Grace Church School

3rd  Place Core - Teamwork
Chelsea FLL 2 - PS 33M Chelsea Prep

1st Place Core - Inspiration
BOOGIEBOTS - JHS 67Q

2nd Place Core - Inspiration
SRCA Royal Sages - Salve Regional Catholic Academy

3rd Place Core - Inspiration
PS 11 Team 2 - PS 11M

Judges Award
RoboRebels - PS 9B
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