Mingo Vocational Technical Center
National Careers Week
Intelligent Transportation Workshop Using LEGO Robotics
February 11, 2002
Under the auspices of the Nick J. Rahall, II, Appalachian Transportation Institute, deliver innovative methods for learning abstract concepts such as math and science to K-12 students in public and private schools, using LEGO Robotics. To discuss transportation careers with K-12 students to instill an awareness of transportation careers.
To deliver an in-service workshop to an assembled class at Mingo County Vo Tech Center West Virginia on February 11, 2002
1. The classes were introduced to LEGO Robotics in a hands-on 6 hr. workshop.
2. The 5 classes of 15 students each work in groups of two to five. (75 total students) Each student, using a team approach, assembled parts of a city and transportation system using LEGO elements.
3. The RCX LEGO microcomputer was programmed to include motors, lights, and light and touch sensors, to design the city vehicles and transportation system.
4. Knowledge and skills achievement included designing and programming, systems thinking, technology evolutions, and problem solving challenges.
5. The interdisciplinary areas covered were: math, science, history, social studies, geography and language development.
6. The students were supplied with the website and knowledge and with teleoperation principles to drive the vehicles in the 24-hour digital simulated city located at the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
7. Grade level - 9-12.
Instructor: Mrs. Linda Hamilton
Professor of Mathematics
LEGO Links of Linda Hamilton