Robotics C++ Physics II AP Physics B Electronics Java Astronomy Other Courses Summer Session  


Getting Started

Exercise 1 (3 parts)

Part a. 

Construct and demonstrate the sound testbed shown below. Increase the speed of the motor by using sound.

Remember that the motor is attached to port C and the sound sensor is attached to port 2 in the program already written and stored on the NXT.

Go to Try Me, then select Try-Sound, and run it

Part b

The text by Mataric: The Robotics Primer

Chapter 1: What is a Robot? Defining Robotics.

1. What is the origin of the word robot?

2. What is the definition provided for the word robot?

3. Using the above definition of a robot, are the following robots (yes or no). If no, state why not.

   a. Thermostat.

   b. Toaster.

   c. HAL (from the movie 2001, the Space Odyssey).

4. A science fiction writer provided 3 (later expanded to 4) laws of robotics.

     It is generally believed that he was the first one to use the word robotics. What is his name?

Part c

The text by Perdue: The Uofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Lego Mindstorms NXT


1. List the names of the 4 sensors provided with NXT.


2. How many servo motors are provided with NXT?


3. List the electrical components provided wiht NXT.

4. What is the name of the programming environment provided with NXT?