Use of LEGO NXT Mindstorms brick in engineering education

  • Ranganathan P
  • Schultz R
  • Mardani M
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Abstract

This paper focuses on a new approach to teach electrical engineering principles and how to promote student learning through different innovative projects that can be developed with the use of the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit powered by a customized National Instruments LabView program. Even though, the use of LEGO NXT brick has been in practice and prevails in todays K-12 classrooms, this paper will primarily focus on how the use of NXT can be expanded to students in colleges and universities. Originally, NXT was intended for use by children at home or in the classroom, but the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT system has been acquired by tens of thousands of adults. Engineers, academic researchers, and hobbyists have reverse- engineered its firmware, hacked together new programming environments, and shared recipes for unanticipated ways of connecting it to the outside world.

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  • critical thinking
  • labview
  • lego
  • nxt sensors

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Authors

  • Prakash Ranganathan

  • Richard Schultz

  • Mojdeh Mardani

  • Grand Forks

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