Study Materials

This section contains material explaining the various components of Lego robots.

WEEK # TITLES Handouts/Demos
1 Our friend the Lego

Policies, The Art of Lego (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

Tips on fixing problems with your Handyboard (PDF)

2 Beauty and the Lego

Brock's Java Mechanisms

Bring in cliché examples of the use of different gears, including gear racks.

3 Cruisin'

Handyboard Technical Reference (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF), pp. 6-8.

Demo geared motors (lots of torque!!)

Bring in example of differential gear.

Introduction to Motors (PDF)

4 Easy as C Handyboard music (See Tools, mmusic.c)
5 Making sense

Bring in box of sensors and use with the Handyboard (See Tools, template.c)

Introduction to Sensor Types (PDF)

6 One, two, three, ... infinity Basic IC Commands (PDF)

Students are also directed to read the 6.270 course notes, especially chapters 6, 7, and Appendix A, for more help with robot construction, control systems, and IC commands. (PDF)

A Visual Guide to Sensors