Noticing limitations in the free-build educational style, we have adopted a more structured education around the Lego pieces — building our way up from simple blocks to entire arrangements of interlocking technic parts. I hope next class we can begin introducing, at the very least, motor-based actuators, if not entire more complex kits. We will have to shift from a more individual approach to team builds as projects become increasingly complicated.
I have successfully repaired many legacy Lego microcontrollers, as well as creating a virtualized environment for the legacy software, which will be distributed on each Genius Institute laptop during the next computer class (and provide access to other legacy edutainment games). Additionally, due to complaints that the machines were not functioning well enough, each machine now will have at least 4GB of RAM, 256MB of which will be allocated to the virtual machine environment when needed.
We will additionally be providing access to several complete kits, including a legacy Lego EDU kit approximating the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0 (except with more parts), and Lego Mindstorms NXT, which we just recently received. The focus of these will be concepts including modular assembly, actuation, and mechanical energy transfer and storage.
The computer class will continue to focus on different things depending on student needs, however we will be adding a section for Lego robotics programming, which will provide an introduction to basic programming concepts including loops, conditional statements, and variables.