Exposing middle school students to robotics and engineering through Lego and Matlabs

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This paper considers a novel application of the Lego NXT platform and the RWTH-Mindstorms Toolbox for Matlab to create a series of classroom activities that expose and engage middle school students in all aspects of controlling a differential-drive mobile robot. Three in-class lessons, demonstrations, and activities illustrate applications of mathematical concepts, primarily geometry and trigonometry, to solve practical problems in mobile robotics. Classroom assessment activities reveal a statistically significant increase in students' knowledge through the robotics-based lessons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-13
Number of pages12
JournalComputers in Education Journal
Volume5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

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Exposing middle school students to robotics and engineering through Lego and Matlabs. / Laut, Jeffrey; Kapila, Vikram; Iskander, Magued.

In: Computers in Education Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, 01.07.2014, p. 2-13.

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