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MINDSTORMS NXT Programming Projects:

These projects involve building the basic "TriBot" vehicle as outlined in the NXT kit.  Two motors that control the drive wheels are connected to the B and C ports.  The Touch, Ultrasonic, and Light Sensors are plugged into their default positions.

Touch Sensor: Port 1
Ultrasonic Sensor: Port 4
Light Sensor: Port 3
 


Project #1:  Drive in a Square Step By Step

1. Make the Robot move in a Square.

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Project #1a: Drive in a Rectangle Step By Step

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Project #1b:  Basic Line Follow

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Project #2:  Forward and Back

1. Make the Robot move forward 10 rotations and back 10 rotations.
2. Change the Speed to a low and high rate to experiment.
3. Change rotations to degrees and time.
4. Use a ruler and try to have the robot move exactly 2 foot forward and back.



Project #3: Forward, Spin, and Back

1. Change the Project #1 program to add a spin.  So, the robot will move forward 10 rotations, spin around, and move back 10 rotations.
2. Make the robot move exactly 2 feet foward, spin around 180 degrees, and then go back to same spot where it started.

(Note that you will have to calculate how many rotations the robot will need to spin exactly 180 degrees.)

Extras:
1. Use Looping and movement commands to create a dance routine for your robot.
2. Use musical form for your dance routine.  Use "My Blocks" to simplifiy your form.
     Example:  AABA,  ABA,  ABAB



Project #4: Using the Ultrasonic Sensor: Avoid the Wall


1. Add the ultrasonic sensor to the robot. 
2. Using the Loop and Switch icons, create a program that allows the robot to move about the room. 
3. If it gets close to a wall, the robot will stop, move backwards, and spin to pick a new direction.



Project #5: Touch Sensor: Bounce off Objects

1. Add the touch sensor to the robot.
2. Use the Loop and Switch functions, create a program that allows the robot to move about the room.
3. If the robot touches an object, the robot will stop, move backwards, and spin to pick a new direction.


Project #6: Rescue the "Little People"


1. Place the "Little People" figures 2 feet in front of the robot.
2. The robot must move to the little people.
3. The robot must move, transport the "Little People" back to the robot's starting position.

Hint: You might use motor A to create a rake to scoop, gather the "Little People."

Advanced "Rescue" Project Created for the "Computing in Modern World" course June 2008.



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