Appa LEGO City - Marshall University

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Appa
LEGO City


2001
-
2002

Linda Hamilton

hamilton@marshall.edu

http://www.marshall.edu/LEGO


University Transportation Center of
Assumption College

June 8, 2002

Appa
LEGO
City

Science and Math on the Internet




LEGO computers can be
programmed over the Internet to run
and gather data from you home or
school. Run the monorail, have it
remain at the station long enough for
safe boarding, then move it on to the
next. Data log the number and time of
the stops. Keep count of the cars
through the intersection.

AppaLEGO City

Red Rover site

SENSORSCITY NASA remote
sensing site

Housed at Nick J. Rahall, II
Appalachian Transportation
Institute at Marshall University


AppaLEGO City



Intelligent Transportation


Using


LEGO Robotics


University Students

Programming and up keep of
AppaLEGO City

Classes for programming credit

Community service



LEGO Software

Red Rover for
Teleoperation

In Class

Among classes

Among schools

To other states

With the world

RoboLab for
Programming

In class small groups

Systems Engineering
-

Small groups projects
coordinated together

Internet Programming
and data

Rover at Davis Creek
Elementary

Red Rover

Viewed By Homer Hickam

LEGO
Dacta

Projects

Robotics

Starter Sets

Cities and Transportation


Starter Set

Plan

Build

Program

Activate

Activate

Movie


LEGO Dacta

Cities and
Transportation
Sets

Cars

Speed trap

Gates

Traffic lights

Monorail

School Workshops

Modeling

Transportation

At schools and MU

Remote Sensing
Website Example



Getting data remotely appeared to be easy for three groups of 6th graders.

From their computers in their rooms, the students logged onto
http://www.marshall.edu/LEGO. They checked out some of the pictures of
what some of their classmates have done on the current year. They clicked
the LEGO camera link to see a live picture of the LEGO CITY.

Clicking on SENSORSCITY link, http://SENSORSCITY.marshall.edu, each
group went to work. They made an account with a name and password they
would remember, checked out the schedule and signed up for a time slot.
Some chose programs to run from those at the site at
http://sensorscity.marshall.edu/city/pages/vi while they looked through the
pictures and descriptions of the scenarios.

Others wrote or changed programs using the RoboLab they had. In one
room they also watched and operated the CITY with Red Rover soft ware.
See instructions to try out Red Rover at the City. The fun came in
submitting missions to SENSORS CITY and watching the monorail move
while watching over the Internet on the live camera. The little car models
moving traffic. The data that comes back over the internet as a graph
makes it much easier to compute the car rate.


December 11, 2001


Barboursville Middle School

Elementary, Middle, and High
schools Schools

VoTechs, Colleges,Universities

Home Schools and though the
Internet


Transportation Workshops
Throughout Appalachia



Building Transportation
Robotics from Afar

and at

AppaLEGO

City

Intelligent Transportation

Group Projects

Systems Engineering


RoboLab Programming

Sensors

Motors and lights

Multi
-
tasking

Structures

ROBOLAB Programming


for the


City RCX

Presentations

Cornell University Mars Workshop

West Virginia Teachers Convention

Tufts University SENSORS Workshop

National Teachers Convention


Tufts


Programs like the AppaLEGO use hands
-
on, real
-
life activities that build interest in engineering,
robotics, and remote sensing among young
people. This interest will stay with the students
throughout their education, and lead them to
careers in transportation and traffic fields. A
SENSORS LEGO Robotics Workshop was held at
Tuft’s University on June 6
-
8, 2001. Marshall
University, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
NASA Glenn, NASA Goddard and NASA Ames
representatives planned their SENSORS site and
programmed LEGO robotics at the Tufts
University SENSORS workshop.



RoboLab for

SENSORCITY

Tufts SENSORS

SENSORSCITY web camera

Remote programming

Remote data

RoboLab Investigator

Programming to take in data from
sensors such as pH

Data logging can be done over
the internet through SENSORS

Programming over the Internet

A car, a monorail and other transportation
are available for Teleoperation at the
AppaLEGO City since September of 2001.

From the Red Rover Red Rover side you can
operated the other monorail and gate.

The live view on
http://legocamera.marshall.edu shows the
end of the CITY that can be programmed over
the internet by RoboLab.

Through the Red Rover Red Rover software
you can operate and see the the view from
the opposite side.


AppaLEGO

Events


Hands on Workshops

Internet connections

United States

The World

Red Rover Teleoperation

Install software for earth site or buy
and use Mars site

CONNECT to Lego.marshall.edu

Use direction buttons to operate

Run programs

Scenarios

Traffic count

Public transportation control


AppaLEGO City

Through

the Seasons

Themes

AppaLEGO City

Remote Sensing

Data Logging

AppaLEGO City is now an official Science and Engineering
NASA Site of Remote Sensing (SENSORS).










SENSORS is a NASA Leading Educators to Applications, Research, and NASA
-
related
Educational Resources in Science Cooperative Agreement Notice. The purpose is to enhance K
-
12
science, math, technology, and geography education through Internet
-
based products derived from
NASA mission content. With the use of telerobotics and LEGO RCX robots, students can explore and
discover different environments.


AppaLEGO City is located at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. One of the goals is to
provide quality transportation
-
related programs to elementary, middle, and high school students,
with the express purpose of attracting students to careers in transportation fields. Each year, a
variety of workshops are sponsored which enable students to explore the technologies and issues
related to transportation in the United States.


The City is built around the LEGO Dacta RCX intelligent programmable brick. Using LEGO Dacta’s
ROBOLAB software, students are able to program each of the city’s vehicles and traffic control
elements. Previously,using Red Rover software, students at other sites could remotely activate the
motors and lights on the City’s LEGO models and run set up programs. Now, using the Internet,
students from anywhere can also program the City’s elements themselves and remotely receive
information and data from the City. Linda Hamilton, mathematics instructor at Marshall University,
working with Chris Rogers of Tufts University Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, has
designed AppaLEGO to be operational for remote sensing. Many schools have remotely operated the
City’s monorail, gates, traffic counters, and vehicles.

AppaLEGO City

AppaLEGO City

S.E.N.S.O.R.S.

S
cience and
E
ngineering
N
ASA
S
ite of
R
emote
S
ensing

Grant from University Transportation
Center of Assumption College

Housed at

Nick J. Rahall, II

Appalachian Transportation

Institute

Marshall University

Linda Hamilton hamilton@marshall.edu

http://www.marshall.edu/LEGO

http://SENSORSCITY.marshall.edu