Welcome to Ohio 4-H Robotics!
You’ve chosen a fun and challenging project that puts you on the exciting path of robotics programming. Ohio 4-H offers a series of two robotics projects, both using LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 technology. If you complete these projects and are ready for something more, check out our Robotics Master!
If you already have the an NXT set, you can continue to use it and the related project books by accessing them below and completing a self-determined project. It is also possible the NXT projects are being offered in your county. Check your county's project guidelines for additional information.
507 Robotics 1 with EV3
Use the newest LEGO® technology to learn about what a robot is, how to build one, and how to program it. Activities are based on the EV3 Core Set available from LEGO® Education. (Careful, other EV3 kits may not be the same! See below for details.) This is the first in a series of two books.
A few resources are needed:
Project book 507 Robotics 1 with EV3 is available in Ohio State University Extension county offices, through Media Distribution's eStore, and in the National 4-H Mall. Ohio residents get the best price when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. Sample pages and ratings are available on Project Central.
- Activities are based on a customized kit from LEGO® Education that sells for aproximately $400 plus shipping. See purchasing information below. (This same kit will be used for next year's project, 508 Robotics 2: EV3N More.)
- Youth need access to a computer and high speed Internet. Files and videos that support the activities are available HERE.
508 Robotics 2: EV3N More
This advanced-level project, the second in a series of two books, guides youth through new robot configurations and programming challenges with activities in the book and instructional videos. The LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 robot constructed for Robotics 1 with EV3 is required. (No new LEGO® purchase is necessary.)
A few resources are needed:
- Project book 508 Robotics 2: EV3N More is available in Ohio State University Extension county offices and through Media Distribution's eStore. Ohio residents get the best price when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. Sample pages and ratings are available on Project Central.
- Youth need access to a computer and high speed Internet. Videos that support the activities are available HERE.
Ready to buy an EV3 kit?
Why buy direct from LEGO® Education when other, less expensive sources for kits are out there? Be sure to read Retail vs. Education EV3.
The newest technology from LEGO® Mindstorms® uses "EV3" technology. If you are buying a kit for the first time, buy this latest. We strongly recommend ordering the EV3 Core Set (comes with software) directly from LEGO Education. This special bundle includes everything needed for the project, and then some: the kit, software, rechargeable battery, a storage bin, and live support. Be careful! Other commecially available kits typically do NOT include everything needed to complete the project.
If you're a robotics master . . .
Members who have completed these projects and who want to continue the fun are encouraged to design their own self-determined robotics projects with the Robotics Master.
Still interested in an NXT project?
If you have an NXT kit from LEGO® Education and want to use it for a self-determined 4-H project, these resources can help:
- Robotics 1: NeXT Technology is available for free download HERE. This intermediate project covers robotics basics. Youth learn what a robot is, how to build one using a LEGO® NXT kit, and how to program a LEGO® robot to interact with its environment via touch, sound, light, and ultrasonic sensors. Youth need access to a computer and high speed Internet. Files and videos that support the activities, developed in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, can be accessed by following the instructions below. Thank you Carnegie Mellon!
- Robotics 2: NeXT Steps is available for free download HERE. This advanced-level project guides youth through new robot configurations and programming challenges with activities in the book and instructional videos online at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy. The LEGO® NXT robot constructed for Robotics 1: NeXT Technology is required. (No new LEGO® purchase is necessary.) Youth need access to a computer and high speed Internet. Files and videos that support the activities, developed in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, can be accessed by following the instructions below. Thank you Carnegie Mellon!
For NXT only: How to Access the Online Materials
Are you doing an NXT project and using an NXT kit? The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy has a special place for you in its online world, where you have free access not only to materials for these projects, but also to a wealth of other robotics resources.
- Go to the CS-STEM Network--Courses web page. Browse through the list of courses (there are currently just two pages) and select your project, either 509 Robotics 1: NeXT Technology or 510 Robotics 2: Next Steps.
- You will be asked to "Sign in to Enroll" to create a CS2N account with a user name and password, which you will need every time you log into the site.
- For 509 Robotics 1: NeXT Technology, you will see a page with "topics" labeled with the activity numbers and titles that match the project book. For 510 Robotics 2: Next Steps, you will see the NXT Video Trainer. Follow the directions in your book to access specific videos.
- You’re in! Good luck on your project!
(The CS-STEM Network web site, which used to be called CS2N, is often revised. If you have trouble locating the 4-H course, please contact Jane Wright, Ohio State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development, at 614-292-0909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
More Fun with NXT
If you have a lot of NXT kits and want to use them, consider these opportunities:
- SuGO competitions combine the idea of sumo wrestling and LEGO Mindstorms.
- It is possible to use EV3 software (and the EV3 project books above) with an NXT brick and kit, though the experience is not ideal. The light sensor programming does not work correctly. Illinois 4-H offers a solution on the last slide in this Light Sensor Addendum.
- Great website we can't pass up: Robot Square
Looking for a club?
To see if there is an active robotics group in your area, please check with your local county Extension office. A complete list of offices is available HERE.