What could be better than LEGO Mario? How about combining LEGO Mario with LEGO SPIKE Prime?!? We connected the SPIKE motors to Technic treads and put regular LEGO bricks on them (we also added some action bricks for more fun), making our own conveyor belt Mario course! We learned a lot, and also had lots of fun along the way!
In LEGO Inspiration today, we will show you what we found interesting in LEGO set number 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course. LEGO Mario has a lot of advanced features packed into his small little body. As kids learn to understand his features, they will have a lot of fun along the way! In a future continuation of this article, we will combine the Mario set with the LEGO SPIKE Prime to have a longer running track for Mario.
The tapping of LEGO chains… The creaking of LEGO gears… Are you ready for some spooky-good fun? Since it is Halloween, in LEGO Inspiration today, we will show you what we found eerie and interesting in LEGO set number 10273 Haunted House. This giant LEGO build has mechanical surprises hiding in all of its dark corners!
We were so excited to present on the subject of building for reliability in the FLL Share & Learn Community Webinar Series. We hope that you find it useful regarding how to build a sturdy and durable robot and how to optimize your robot’s build for mission consistency.
In a past article here, we discussed many of the different gears that LEGO has available for use. In today’s article, we will talk about different ways to maximize your gear train. Gear trains can serve different purposes. One is to simply allow rotation movement at a location away from your motor itself. Another purpose for gear trains is to “gear up” to increase rotational speed or to “gear down” to increase torque. Depending on what the gear train needs to accomplish, you need to find and place the appropriate gears! Keep reading to see how!
Are you a rookie team wondering about the different parts of FIRST LEGO League Challenge? Are you a returning team looking to learn more about the Innovation Project? Watch our brief video to find out more and hear our tips!
COVID-19 has changed lives all over the world in many ways. We are very grateful that FIRST LEGO League will be able to continue this year. Obviously, though, the season this year is going to look very different for all teams.
One aspect of FIRST LEGO League that has always been fun is doing core values challenges within our teams. Core values challenges are great ways to build teamwork skills and grow closer as a team. However, social distancing makes it hard to participate in many of the standard ones. In this article, we will share with you 3 core values challenges that we came up with for our own team that can be completed virtually (such as over Zoom, Facetime, etc.) or in-person (with masks and social distancing of course!).
Today we are going to talk about “MyBlocks.” MyBlocks allow you to create your own programming blocks (AKA subroutines or functions) made up of any combination of EV3 blocks already available! How cool is that? As you program your EV3, MyBlocks can be very helpful and can help take your code to the next level!
In LEGO Inspiration today, we will show you what we found interesting in the current LEGO DUPLO train sets.
Even though these LEGO DUPLO sets are “geared” (haha) more for ages 2-5, these trains have features that help the next generation to learn about robotics. We really like that sets like these help kids (that might not even be old enough yet for FIRST LEGO League) to consider different ways to use “blocks” to tell a robot what to do, as well as learn about sensors. Maybe these sets will get all kids, girls and boys, interested in robotics!
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