Archive for June, 2008

Summer Camp + LEGO + DMA = An NXT Robotics Course at Stanford University

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Starting July 28th, I’ll be teaching a week-long robotics course for teenagers at Stanford University using LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. The course, “Hands-On Robotics for Teens,” is one of many technology courses being offered this summer by DMA (Digital Media Academy), a nationally-recognized organization that runs summer computer camps at campuses across the nation. I’ve written a course description and put together a five-day course outline, and DMA has posted the information to their website.

The entire course will be “NXT-based.” We’ll be using the educational version of the NXT set and also the Education Resource Set.  And what’s the highlight of the course? I think it will be the robotic sumo competition!

The course is for teenagers (ages 13-19), and if you’re interested in signing up for the course (or have a teen who may be interested), you can find out more about registration at the DMA website.

I’m definitely excited. After all, what’s a summer without a robotic sumo competition?


Return of Alpha-Rex: Official NXT Movies

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Previously, there was a “secret” NXT movie that could be accessed on the home page of the MINDSTORMS website by clicking an exclamation mark in a sentence. The hyper-linked exclamation mark seems to be gone now, and while the URL is still valid, the same movie and a few others featuring Alpha-Rex have appeared on the “movies” section of the MINDSTORMS website. Check these little movies out if you want to see an Alpha-Rex play ball, dance, and fight a fly (and win!).


Book Review of “Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots”

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

More book news! I just reviewed Daniele Benedettelli’s book Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots and posted the review on In summary, though, great job, Daniele! Below are two pictures I took of robot’s from the book: NXT AT-ST and Omni-Biped.