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Handy Board - The Handy Board is a palm-sized "Programmable Brick", a small computer used as the brains in our robotic creations.
Handy Board Documentation
Crickets - The latest in Programmable Bricks...they're cheap, they're small (not much bigger than a LEGO brick) and they can talk to one another!
Epistemology and Learning Group at the MIT Media Lab - developers of the Programmable Bricks.
The Art of LEGO Design. A seminal article by Fred Martin, originally published in The Robotics Practitioner that presents a variety of tips, tricks, and ``design clichés'' for building with the LEGO Technic system. Available as a Adobe Acrobat PDF file (974 KB).
Beyond Black Boxes - Construction kits that let kids build their own scientific instruments. In an NSF-funded project called Beyond Black Boxes, children are using Crickets to design their own instruments for scientific investigations.
MIT 6.270 Robot Contest - 6.270 is the course number of MIT's LEGO Robot Design Competition Project. In 6.270, students receive a kit containing LEGO parts, electronics, sensors, batteries, motors, and wire, and have one month to design, build, and debug an autonomous contest robot.
Computer Clubhouse - an after-school learning center where youth from under-served communities work together on computer-related projects, such as robotics. The goal is for youth to become fluent with new computational media, becoming creators (not just consumers) of computer-based projects. One example is a project that is starting at a new Computer Clubhouse site at the Patriots Trail Girl Scout Council headquarters in Boston. The project, which is being funded by a three year grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is based on the Beyond Black Boxes effort and will involve girls in building their own instruments for scientific investigations.
Trinity College Robot Fire-Fighting Contest - Annual Fire-Fighting Robot Contest sponsored by Trinity College and held on their campus in Hartford, Ct. in mid-April. This is the largest, public, true Robotics competition held in the U.S. that is open to entrants of any age, ability or experience from anywhere in the world. The most recent contest was held the weekend of April 17 & 18, 1999 at the Trinity College campus.
A Robot Laboratory for Teaching Artificial Intelligence - Web site describing the course developed by Deepak Kumar (Bryn Mawr) and Lisa Meeden (Swarthmore).
Autonomous LEGO Robotics Course at Case Western Reserve University - Web site describing the course developed by Randall D. Beer, Hillel J. Chiel, and Richard F Drushel. You can also read about their course in the June, 1999, edition of the Communications of the ACM.
The Sixth Annual Mobile Robot Competition at the AAAI-97 conference - was held in Providence, RI from July 27 to 31, 1997.