Wednesday, August 31, 2016

B2B Lab: Mini Amusement Park...

The current buzzword in education is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), but here is an example of project representing STEAM: 
  Science (physics)
  Technology (coding, digital photo editing, movie editing)
  Engineering (architectural, electrical, & mechanical)
  Art/Design (creative design of rides & display)
  Mathematical (numerical problem solving, forming math expressions through coding)

It is because of projects like this that Mindstorms or some sort of robotics curriculum should be available in all schools, as part of their STEM/STEAM initiative.

This mini amusement park was designed, built, and programmed by Beatrice, a student of Brics~2~Bots Lab (private organization) using various LEGO elements, the Mindstorms EV3 robotics system, and arts & crafts materials. There is a FreeFall ride, a Carousel, and a Ferris Wheel. First, she did research on the various rides and learned a little bit about the physics behind the ride. Each ride was designed after looking at pictures of real rides and then interpreted into LEGO building materials. Each ride was programmed separately and then combined into one program controlled by a touch sensor.

iMovie was used to enhance the video and add carnival music.

Read more about this project at Knights of Botsa blog by Brics~2~Bots Lab students.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

FLL - Animal Allies: The Field Mat...Updated

If you haven't received your Animal Allies Field Set-Up yet, here is a sneak preview...

This year's challenge mat has a beautiful background. Last year, Trash Trek mat (introduced for the first time), a second line to the Base line it was called the Safety area which included the Base as well. This year as you can see there is a second line, but this year the whole area of the two lines to the Southwest corner is just considered Base.

The weight and texture of the mat seems to be the same as last year's mat, which is nice.

Notice the triangular shape in the lower southeast corner? I wonder what that is for? Update: that is where the referees will put the "penalty" discs (manure - poop!)

There are black lines for location detection and line following to the models, including a circular area. Hmmm, why and how can this be used? Notice the cow? The model with the cow probably will go there. Update: It's a milking center for the cows!

By the way, remember the chicken, cow, and pig from the Food Factor Challenge that were just there for decoration? Well, the chicken made its debut last year in Trash Trek and it seems the cow and the pig finally get their opportunity this year.

This looks like an interesting challenge this year...

Download the Challenge Guide and Updates