Welcome to the website for the Lego Mindstorms in Computer Science Education
project. This site is dedicated to supporting the use of the Lego Mindstorms
platform throughout the undergraduate computer science major. Please
read our project overview. This website
is often updated, and we apologize in advance if some
materials are not yet available.
The website is divided into five main sections:
- Overview: Our goals, who we are, and the NSF grants which support
- Workshops: We are offering a series of both short and long workshops
- see the details in this section.
- Lab Materials: The core of our project - a repository of laboratory
materials for use through the undergraduate CS curriculum.
- Environments: Information on the programming languages and environments
available for the Mindstorms platform.
- Other Resources: Anything that does fit under the other areas.
Please consider our upcoming workshop June 5 - 8 on the pedagogical
use of the Lego MindStorms robotics platform in undergraduate computer
science education. The workshop will have a particular focus on the new
MindStorms NXT platform but will also discuss the use of the older RCX.
This will be the sixth (and last) such workshop our project has offered.
Other than travel, all expenses are covered by the grant, and participants
can purchase an NXT kit at a 50% discount. Check out the Call
What's New on the Site?
Right now we are actively working on the site, so many pages are being
added and/or modified. Here are the recent major additions and modifications:
- In the Workshops area:
- The Call
for Participation is now available for the last long
workshop, to be held at the University of Mississippi.
- Materials from the short SIGCSE
'06 workshop are now available.
There is a Powerpoint of the presentation materials
and zip archive of some of the videos.
- In the Other Resources area:
- A collection of project related papers by the investigators
is being created.
- In the CS 1 area:
- All of the labs in this area
have been completely edited and augmented with videos
showing the robots performing their required tasks.
- In the Intelligent Systems area:
- In the Architecture area:
- An RCX
assember project which
creates a fully functional assembler which compiles
a subset of Lego Assembler into RCX bytecodes.
- The Simon Says project has
students implement a version of that classic game in
- In the Operating Systems area:
Sections introduces the issues behind using semaphores
and good programming to enforce a solution to the critical
- The Java
Threading of JNI Serial Port Classes project
weaves together multi-threaded programming,
port/device communication, wireless networking
and protocols by designing a system that controls
two Lego RCX units.