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  1. Control Systems Lab Using a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Motor System

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    Kim, Y.

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduces a low-cost LEGO Mindstorms NXT motor system for teaching classical and modern control theories in standard third-year undergraduate courses. The LEGO motor system can be used in conjunction with MATLAB, Simulink, and several necessary toolboxes to demonstrate: 1) a modeling technique; 2) proportional-integral-differential…

  2. Basic concepts of automation and mechatronics with LEGO mindstorms NXT

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    Matijević Milan S.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Mindstorsms LEGO NXT is using in engineering education at well recognized engineering schools like RWTH Aachen University where is created the RWTH - Mindstorms NXT Toolbox for Matlab. MATLAB / Simulink is widely available and popular for students around the world, but software toolboxes which are required for work with the real time systems are too expensive for the universities, especially those in developing countries. This paper describes an approach that is currently used in introductory subjects in the field of automation and mechatronics at the University of Kragujevac, and that does not require expensive software support.

  3. Introduction to autonomous mobile robotics using Lego Mindstorms NXT

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    Akın, H. Levent; Meriçli, Çetin; Meriçli, Tekin

    2013-12-01

    Teaching the fundamentals of robotics to computer science undergraduates requires designing a well-balanced curriculum that is complemented with hands-on applications on a platform that allows rapid construction of complex robots, and implementation of sophisticated algorithms. This paper describes such an elective introductory course where the Lego Mindstorms NXT kits are used as the robot platform. The aims, scope and contents of the course are presented, and the design of the laboratory sessions as well as the term projects, which address several core problems of robotics and artificial intelligence simultaneously, are explained in detail.

  4. History and Educational Potential of LEGO Mindstorms NXT

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    Memet ÜÇGÜL

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Educational usage of the robotics has accelerated recently because of educational potential of robotics has been recognized by educators and popularity of international robotics tournaments. Many university and schools prepare technology and robotics related summer schools for children. LEGO Mindstorms NXT is the most popular and commonly used robotics set for educational purposes. This robot sets rooted to Seymour Papert’s LOGO studies which have much influence Instructional Technology in 1960’s. This study aims to present a literature review on educational potential of LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics sets. Robotics mainly used in education for supporting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. Most of the related studies resulted with positive effects of the robotics activities in STEM education. Robotics also used in education to increase some skills of the children such as discovery learning, critical thinking and social skills.Özet - LEGO Mindstorms NXT’lerin Tarihi ve Eğitsel Potansiyeli: Robotların eğitsel amaçlarla kullanımı giderek artmaktadır. Eğitimcilerin robotların eğitsel potansiyelinin farkına varmaları ve uluslararası robot turnuvalarının popülerlik kazanmasının robotların eğitsel kullanımına katkısı büyüktür. Birçok üniversite ve okul, teknoloji ve robotlar konulu yaz kampları düzenlemektedirler. LEGO Mindstorms NXT en popüler ve en çok kullanılan eğitsel robot setleridir. Bu robot setlerinin geçmişi, Seymour Papert’in LOGO çalışmalarına dayanmaktadır. Bu çalışmaların 1960’larda eğitim teknolojisine büyük etkileri olmuştur. Bu tarama çalışmasının amacı son zamanlarda eğitimcilerin ilgisini çeken, robotların eğitsel amaçlarla kullanımına yönelik çalışmaları inceleyerek, LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot setlerinin  eğitim amaçlı kullanım potansiyellerinin belirlenmesidir. Robotlar eğitimde en çok FTMM (Fen, Teknoloji

  5. Comparison of the LEGO Mindstorms NXT and EV3 Robotics Education Platforms

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    Sherrard, Ann; Rhodes, Amy

    2014-01-01

    The release of the latest LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics platform in September 2013 has provided a dilemma for many youth robotics leaders. There is a need to understand the differences in the Mindstorms NXT and EV3 in order to make future robotics purchases. In this article the differences are identified regarding software, hardware, sensors, the…

  6. A LEGO Mindstorms NXT Approach for Teaching at Data Acquisition, Control Systems Engineering and Real-Time Systems Undergraduate Courses

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    Cruz-Martin, A.; Fernandez-Madrigal, J. A.; Galindo, C.; Gonzalez-Jimenez, J.; Stockmans-Daou, C.; Blanco-Claraco, J. L.

    2012-01-01

    LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots are being increasingly used in undergraduate courses, mostly in robotics-related subjects. But other engineering topics, like the ones found in data acquisition, control and real-time subjects, also have difficult concepts that can be well understood only with good lab exercises. Such exercises require physical…

  7. LEGO Mindstorms NXT for elderly and visually impaired people in need: A platform.

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    Al-Halhouli, Ala'aldeen; Qitouqa, Hala; Malkosh, Nancy; Shubbak, Alaa; Al-Gharabli, Samer; Hamad, Eyad

    2016-07-27

    This paper presents the employment of LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics as core component of low cost multidisciplinary platform for assisting elderly and visually impaired people. LEGO Mindstorms system offers a plug-and-play programmable robotics toolkit, incorporating construction guides, microcontrollers and sensors, all connected via a comprehensive programming language. It facilitates, without special training and at low cost, the use of such device for interpersonal communication and for handling multiple tasks required for elderly and visually impaired people in-need. The research project provides a model for larger-scale implementation, tackling the issues of creating additional functions in order to assist people in-need. The new functions were built and programmed using MATLAB through a user friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI). Power consumption problem, besides the integration of WiFi connection has been resolved, incorporating GPS application on smart phones enhanced the guiding and tracking functions. We believe that developing and expanding the system to encompass a range of applications beyond the initial design schematics to ease conducting a limited number of pre-described protocols. However, the beneficiaries for the proposed research would be limited to elderly people who require assistance within their household as assistive-robot to facilitate a low-cost solution for a highly demanding health circumstance.

  8. A Test Platform for Planned Field Operations Using LEGO Mindstorms NXT

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    Gareth Edwards

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Testing agricultural operations and management practices associated with different machinery, systems and planning approaches can be both costly and time-consuming. Computer simulations of such systems are used for development and testing; however, to gain the experience of real-world performance, an intermediate step between simulation and full-scale testing should be included. In this paper, a potential common framework using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT micro-tractor platform is described in terms of its hardware and software components. The performance of the platform is demonstrated and tested in terms of its capability of supporting decision making on infield operation planning. The proposed system represents the basic measures for developing a complete test platform for field operations, where route plans, mission plans, multiple-machinery cooperation strategies and machinery coordination can be executed and tested in the laboratory.

  9. A Lego Mindstorms NXT based test bench for multiagent exploratory systems and distributed network partitioning

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    Patil, Riya Raghuvir

    Networks of communicating agents require distributed algorithms for a variety of tasks in the field of network analysis and control. For applications such as swarms of autonomous vehicles, ad hoc and wireless sensor networks, and such military and civilian applications as exploring and patrolling a robust autonomous system that uses a distributed algorithm for selfpartitioning can be significantly helpful. A single team of autonomous vehicles in a field may need to self-dissemble into multiple teams, conducive to completing multiple control tasks. Moreover, because communicating agents are subject to changes, namely, addition or failure of an agent or link, a distributed or decentralized algorithm is favorable over having a central agent. A framework to help with the study of self-partitioning of such multi agent systems that have most basic mobility model not only saves our time in conception but also gives us a cost effective prototype without negotiating the physical realization of the proposed idea. In this thesis I present my work on the implementation of a flexible and distributed stochastic partitioning algorithm on the LegoRTM Mindstorms' NXT on a graphical programming platform using National Instruments' LabVIEW(TM) forming a team of communicating agents via NXT-Bee radio module. We single out mobility, communication and self-partition as the core elements of the work. The goal is to randomly explore a precinct for reference sites. Agents who have discovered the reference sites announce their target acquisition to form a network formed based upon the distance of each agent with the other wherein the self-partitioning begins to find an optimal partition. Further, to illustrate the work, an experimental test-bench of five Lego NXT robots is presented.

  10. Instant LEGO Mindstorm EV3

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    Garber, Gary

    2013-01-01

    Filled with practical, step-by-step instructions and clear explanations for the most important and useful tasks. A concise guide full of step-by-step recipes to teach you how to build and program an advanced robot.""Instant LEGO Mindstorm EV3"" is for both the adult tinkerer who has never touched LEGO before and the experienced LEGO engineer who has evolved from Mindstorm NXT to EV3. If you are interested in entering or advising students in robot competitions such as the FIRST LEGO League, the Wold Robot Olympiad, or RoboGames, then this book is a must for you. Even if you haven't purchased yo

  11. LEGO Mindstorms NXT: Juego como Herramienta de Aprendizaje de Programación

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    Leidy Diana Jiménez-Pinzón

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available LEGO Mindstorms es un juego que se usa como herramienta para el aprendizaje de distintas áreas de conocimiento. Una persona puede aprender acerca de programación mediante distintos lenguajes y aplicaciones para compilar el código de la solución planteada y resolver una situación particular. Sin embargo, la enseñanza de programación es sólo un fundamento teórico y poco práctico. Por estas razones, se pretende enseñar a programar mediante un lenguaje sencillo y una plataforma que permita visualizar el código gráficamente y validarlo específicamente con las instrucciones programadas sobre un robot.

  12. On the Development of Creativity and Cooperation Skills in Indigenous Elementary School Students During a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Course

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    Jenyi Chao

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the nine-year integrated curriculum in Taiwan is to cultivate the ten basic competencies of students. Nations around the world have also accentuated the importance of key competencies in citizens, and it is hoped that through education, civic literacy can be enhanced. Among the basic competencies, many nations value the abilities to use technology, to be creative, and cooperative. This study investigated the development of two abilities, creativity and cooperation, in indigenous students while they learned basic mechanical concepts in a LEGO Mindstorms NXT course, which comprised nine units, during the 2010-2011 school year. Indigenous Atayal culture and teaching strategies involving collaborative problem solving were integrated into the course. The participants were 24 third graders from an elementary school serving the Atayal Tribes of Nan-ao, Ilan County. Data was collected through pretests, posttests, and classroom observations. The findings of this study are as follows. (1 The scores of the pretests and posttests indicate that the basic mechanical concepts of the students improved significantly. (2 The results of the figural Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking showed that the students improved significantly in fluency, originality, elaboration, openness, and creative potential. (3 In learning, cooperating, and the division of labor, the students were able to perform their respective duties; in discussion, problem-solving, and presentation, they required some guidance from the teacher; in reflection, assessment, and summary, the students displayed high levels of interest and creative performance.

  13. PROCESAMIENTO DE IMÁGENES PARA LA PLANEACIÓN DE RUTAS PARA ROBOTS MÓVILES BASADOS EN LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT

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    Jesús Alberto Torres Velásquez

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo contiene el procedimiento para implementar diferentes técnicas de procesamiento de  imágenes y principalmente el algoritmo de esqueletización con el objetivo de planificar rutas libres de obstáculos para robots móviles; mediante una fotografía tomada sobre un área determinada con los obstáculos y el robot (construido con el kit de robótica LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. Se realiza el debido procesamiento a dicha imagen, para luego, de forma remota enviar una serie de órdenes vía Bluetooth desde un computador usando MATLAB; ordenes generadas por el algoritmo aplicado sobre la imagen ya procesada, con el fin de obtener el desplazamiento de la plataforma móvil a un punto de llegada determinado por el usuario. 

  14. CONSTRUCCIÓN Y PROGRAMACIÓN DE SENSORES DE BAJO COSTO COMPATIBLES CON EL KIT DE ROBÓTICA LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT

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    Fernando Martínez Santa

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo expone de forma breve los conceptos claves relacionados con la implementación y construcción de sensores de bajo costo para el kit de robótica LEGO Mindstorms NXT. El kit principalmente consta de un bloque inteligente con cuatro puertos de entrada que permiten capturar la información que proviene de distintos sensores. Estos se pueden programar a partir de software como LeJOS, BRICXCC y LabVIEW entre otros. En este documento se muestra el proceso necesario para el diseño e implementación de librerías en estos lenguajes, con el fin  de poner en funcionamiento los sensores de bajo costo construidos, y de esta manera brindar pautas y herramientas necesarias para que el usuario y estudiante pueda implementar sus propios S.B.C1. Se exponen puntos claves en cuanto a la conexión y adaptación de los S.B.C al NXT y sus diferencias con respecto a los sensores originales del kit y  los homologados.

  15. Using LEGO NXT Mobile Robots with LabVIEW for Undergraduate Courses on Mechatronics

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    Gomez-de-Gabriel, J. M.; Mandow, A.; Fernandez-Lozano, J.; Garcia-Cerezo, A.

    2011-01-01

    The paper proposes lab work and student competitions based on the LEGO NXT Mindstorms kits and standard LabVIEW. The goal of this combination is to stimulate design and experimentation with real hardware and representative software in courses where mobile robotics is adopted as a motivating platform to introduce mechatronics competencies. Basic…

  16. Teaching engineering design through Lego Mindstorms

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    Ringwood, John; Monaghan, Karl; Maloco, John

    2005-01-01

    This paper examines a particular methodology of teaching engineering design to undergraduate engineering students, which relies on Lego® Mindstorms™. A number of important issues are addressed, including the timing of the design module within the programme, prior knowledge required and assessment components. The module, which has been running for three years, was found to have many positive attributes, not only in relation to the core design activity, but also in generating goo...

  17. Introduction for Freshmen to Embedded Systems Using LEGO Mindstorms

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    Kim, Seung Han; Jeon, Jae Wook

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of the course presented here is to introduce freshmen to embedded systems using LEGO Mindstorms, under an ANSI-C programming environment. The students build their own LEGO robots, make programs for them using ANSI-C, and operate them. By creating these LEGO robots, the students become more motivated, learning the basic concepts of…

  18. A LEGO Mindstorms Brewster angle microscope

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    Fernsler, Jonathan; Nguyen, Vincent; Wallum, Alison; Benz, Nicholas; Hamlin, Matthew; Pilgram, Jessica; Vanderpoel, Hunter; Lau, Ryan

    2017-09-01

    A Brewster Angle Microscope (BAM) built from a LEGO Mindstorms kit, additional LEGO bricks, and several standard optics components, is described. The BAM was built as part of an undergraduate senior project and was designed, calibrated, and used to image phospholipid, cholesterol, soap, and oil films on the surface of water. A BAM uses p-polarized laser light reflected off a surface at the Brewster angle, which ideally yields zero reflectivity. When a film of different refractive index is added to the surface a small amount of light is reflected, which can be imaged in a microscope camera. Films of only one molecule (approximately 1 nm) thick, a monolayer, can be observed easily in the BAM. The BAM was used in a junior-level Physical Chemistry class to observe phase transitions of a monolayer and the collapse of a monolayer deposited on the water surface in a Langmuir trough. Using a photometric calculation, students observed a change in thickness of a monolayer during a phase transition of 7 Å, which was accurate to within 1 Å of the value determined by more advanced methods. As supplementary material, we provide a detailed manual on how to build the BAM, software to control the BAM and camera, and image processing software.

  19. The Lego Mindstorms environment in the introduction to robotics

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    Cortés Osorio, Jimmy Alexander; Arbeláez Salazar, Osiel; Mendoza Vargas, Jairo Alberto

    2009-01-01

    El siguiente artículo presenta, de manera resumida, el equipo Lego MindStorms y su posible utilización en la enseñanza de la robótica y la programación. De la misma manera se propone la metodología construccionista como camino para la introducción de estudiantes en el campo de la robótica y enfatiza en la aplicación de esta metodología mediante la utilización de equipos como el mencionado anteriormente. The following paper introduces a summary of the Lego Mindstorms robot set and its p...

  20. CONTINUOUS DEPLOYMENT WORKFLOW : Case Lego Mindstorms EV3

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    Alatalo, Janne

    2014-01-01

    This thesis was created for N4S@JAMK project. The N4S@JAMK project is part of Need4Speed program run by DIGILE. The assignment for this thesis had two focuses: to create a continuous deployment chain that would deploy software to a Lego Mindstorms EV3 device, and to study ways to unit test the software of EV3 device on a normal computer. The continuous deployment chain was implemented using GitLab, Jenkins programs and Fabric python framework. Lego Mindstorms EV3 device had a third party ...

  1. LEGO mindstorm masterpieces building and programming advanced robots

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    2003-01-01

    In LEGO Mindstorm Masterpieces, some of the world's leading LEGO Mindstorms inventors share their knowledge and development secrets. The unique style of this book will allow it to cover an incredibly broad range of topics in unparalleled detail. Chapters within the book will include detailed discussions of the mechanics that drive the robot - and also provide step-by-step construction diagrams for each of the robots. This is perfect book for LEGO hobbyists looking to take their skills to the next level whether they build world-class competitive robots or just like to mess around for the fun of it.For experienced users of LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Mindstorms Masterpiece is composed of three fundamental sections:·Part One: A review of the advanced robot building concepts and theories.·Part Two: Step-by-step building instructions for a series of complex models. The companion programming code is included, along with in-depth explanations of concepts needed for the specific models. Robots include Line Followers, Bip...

  2. Teaching Engineering Design through Lego[R] Mindstorms[TM

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    Ringwood, J. V.; Monaghan, K.; Maloco, J.

    2005-01-01

    This paper examines a particular methodology of teaching engineering design to undergraduate engineering students, which relies on Lego[R] Mindstorms[TM]. A number of important issues are addressed, including the timing of the design module within the programme, prior knowledge required and assessment components. The module, which has been running…

  3. Wireless Control LEGO NXT robot using voice commands

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    David Be; Cinhtia González; Manuel Escalante; Michel García; Carlos Miranda; Sergio Gonzalez

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a wireless interface to control a LEGO NXT robot using voice commands through a computer. To perform speech recognition is used CSLU TOOLKIT with a corpus of Mexican Spanish voice, recognized commands are sent via Bluetooth from computer to robot, programming and motion routines to control the motors are done using Java and LeJOS NXJ. The interface consists of two main modules interconnected through the implementation of sockets: the voice recognition module and the wirele...

  4. Управление роботом Lego NXT посредством Bluetooth

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    Дусеев, Вагиз

    2014-01-01

    LEGO NXT Mindstorms robots gained prevalence among the wide range of institutions as a useful tool for robotic algorithms approbation. The aim of the work was to investigate the possibilities of wireless robot control via Bluetooth module in order to perform all calculations on personal computer. The built in wireless module CSR BlueCore 4 v2.0 in LEGO NXT robot was tested by repeatedly sending data requests from computer to the robot. Robot replied with data packages of different size. The o...

  5. The parametric resonance—from LEGO Mindstorms to cold atoms

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    Kawalec, Tomasz; Sierant, Aleksandra

    2017-07-01

    We show an experimental setup based on a popular LEGO Mindstorms set, allowing us to both observe and investigate the parametric resonance phenomenon. The presented method is simple but covers a variety of student activities like embedded software development, conducting measurements, data collection and analysis. It may be used during science shows, as part of student projects and to illustrate the parametric resonance in mechanics or even quantum physics, during lectures or classes. The parametrically driven LEGO pendulum gains energy in a spectacular way, increasing its amplitude from 10° to about 100° within a few tens of seconds. We provide also a short description of a wireless absolute orientation sensor that may be used in quantitative analysis of driven or free pendulum movement.

  6. Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robotics Using "Lego Mindstorms" NXT

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    Akin, H. Levent; Meriçli, Çetin; Meriçli, Tekin

    2013-01-01

    Teaching the fundamentals of robotics to computer science undergraduates requires designing a well-balanced curriculum that is complemented with hands-on applications on a platform that allows rapid construction of complex robots, and implementation of sophisticated algorithms. This paper describes such an elective introductory course where the…

  7. PENGARUH PENGGUNAAN BUKU AJAR BERBASIS STEM BERBANTUAN LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 TERHADAP PEMAHAMAN KONSEP MOMENTUM SISWA

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    Ratih Mega Ayu Afifah

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is to figure out the effect of using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic based textbook that assisted by using LEGO mindstorm EV3 toward the students’s understanding of momentum subject. The design of this research that is pretest-postest group design. The Samples are composed of 12 students from experimental class and 12 students from control class. The results of this research show that the conceptual understanding of experimental class that using STEM-based textbook that assisted by using LEGO mindstorm EV3 is beter than the understanding of control class which using the conventional textbook in the ordinary class. The implication of this research is applying this textbook to measure the other cognitive dimention such as reasoning. Abstrak Tujuan penelitian ini adalah untuk mengetahui pengaruh penggunaan buku ajar berbasis STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, dan Mathematics berbantuan LEGO mindstorm EV3 dalam pembelajaran fisika terhadap pemahaman konsep siswa pada materi momentum. Penelitian ini menggunakan desain eksperimen pretest postest group design. Sampel penelitian terdiri dari 12  siswa kelompok eksperimen dan 12 siswa kelompok kontrol. Berdasarkan hasil analisis menunjukkan bahwa pemahaman konsep kelompok siswa yang menggunakan buku ajar berbasis STEM berbantuan LEGO mindstorm EV3 secara signifikan lebih meningkat dibandingkan dengan kelompok yang menggunakan buku yang biasa digunakan di sekolah. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa penggunaan buku ajar berbasis STEM berbantuan robot LEGO mindstorm EV3 dapat meningkatkan pemahaman konsep siswa pada materi momentum. Implikasi pada penelitian ini adalah menerapkan buku ajar tersebut untuk mengukur dimensi kognitif lainnya seperti penalaran.

  8. Programación de LEGO MindStorms bajo GNU/Linux

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    Matellán Olivera, Vicente; Heras Quirós, Pedro de las; Centeno González, José; González Barahona, Jesús

    2002-01-01

    GNU/Linux sobre un ordenador personal es la opción libre preferida por muchos desarrolladores de aplicaciones, pero también es una plataforma de desarrollo muy popular para otros sistemas, incluida la programación de robots, en particular es muy adecuada para jugar con los LEGO Mindstorms. En este artículo presentaremos las dos opciones más extendidas a la hora de programar estos juguetes: NQC y LegOS. NQC es una versión reducida de C que permite el desarrollo rápido de programas ...

  9. Effects of LEGO Mindstorms on convergent and divergent problem-solving and spatial abilities in fifth and sixth grade students

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    Gibbon, Lance W.

    In this quasi-experimental study, 142 fifth and sixth grade students at a suburban elementary school in Northwest Washington State participated in a week-long, 10-hour project using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System (RIS). Partners constructed and programmed one robot from visually-based LEGO instructions and a second of their own creation and then shared them at a culminating event. The study is built upon on the constructionist philosophy of Seymour Papert (1980; 1990; 1993; 1999) and an investigation of problem-solving and LEGO robotics by Debra and David Palumbo (1993). A modified switching-replications design provided 3 complete replications within the study and allowed all participants to receive the treatment. Pre and posttests were given. Convergent problem-solving and spatial ability were measured by the Ravens Progressive Matrices (RPM) and divergent problem-solving ability was measured by the Fluency and Flexibility Measure (FFM). The FFM was constructed by the researcher. The development process, piloting, and implementation of this instrument are reported. Overall, Mindstorms did not have a significant effect on convergent problem-solving and spatial reasoning as measured by the RPM. However, infrequent LEGO's users made greater gains on the RPM during the treatment than frequent users, but frequent LEGO users made notable gains during the comparison condition. The multiplicative interaction effect of Testing, Group, and LEGO Use across replications on the RPM is significant, pLEGO users scored higher than the comparison group on Fluency for all three replications (p=.384, p=.035, p=.090). There was no clear pattern of gender differences on the RPM or FFM. This study provides tentative signs that using LEGO Mindstorms has a positive effect on divergent problem-solving. Frequent LEGO users also appear advantaged on both convergent and divergent measures. There are indications that fifth graders benefited more from Mindstorms than sixth

  10. Mechatronics Education: From Paper Design to Product Prototype Using LEGO NXT Parts

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    Lofaro, Daniel M.; Le, Tony Truong Giang; Oh, Paul

    The industrial design cycle starts with design then simulation, prototyping, and testing. When the tests do not match the design requirements the design process is started over again. It is important for students to experience this process before they leave their academic institution. The high cost of the prototype phase, due to CNC/Rapid Prototype machine costs, makes hands on study of this process expensive for students and the academic institutions. This document shows that the commercially available LEGO NXT Robot kit is a viable low cost surrogate to the expensive industrial CNC/Rapid Prototype portion of the industrial design cycle.

  11. First Steps into Practical Engineering for Freshman Students Using MATLAB and LEGO Mindstorms Robots

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    A. Behrens

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Besides lectures on basic theoretical topics, contemporary teaching and learning concepts for first semester students give more and more consideration to practically motivated courses. In this context, a new first-year introductory course in practical engineering has been established in the first semester curriculum of Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Based on a threefold learning concept, programming skills in MATLAB are taught to 309 students within a full-time block course laboratory. The students are encouraged to transfer known mathematical basics to program algorithms and real-world applications performed by 100 LEGO Mindstorms robots. A new MATLAB toolbox and twofold project tasks have been developed for this purpose by a small team of supervisors. The students are supervised by over 60 tutors at 23 institutes, and are encouraged to create their own robotics applications. We describe how the laboratory motivates the students to act and think like engineers and to solve real-world issues with limited resources. The evaluation results show that the proposed practical course concept successfully boosts students’ motivation, advances their programming skills, and encourages the peer learning process. 

  12. An open-source framework for testing tracking devices using Lego Mindstorms

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    Jomier, Julien; Ibanez, Luis; Enquobahrie, Andinet; Pace, Danielle; Cleary, Kevin

    2009-02-01

    In this paper, we present an open-source framework for testing tracking devices in surgical navigation applications. At the core of image-guided intervention systems is the tracking interface that handles communication with the tracking device and gathers tracking information. Given that the correctness of tracking information is critical for protecting patient safety and for ensuring the successful execution of an intervention, the tracking software component needs to be thoroughly tested on a regular basis. Furthermore, with widespread use of extreme programming methodology that emphasizes continuous and incremental testing of application components, testing design becomes critical. While it is easy to automate most of the testing process, it is often more difficult to test components that require manual intervention such as tracking device. Our framework consists of a robotic arm built from a set of Lego Mindstorms and an open-source toolkit written in C++ to control the robot movements and assess the accuracy of the tracking devices. The application program interface (API) is cross-platform and runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS. We applied this framework for the continuous testing of the Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK), an open-source toolkit for image-guided surgery and shown that regression testing on tracking devices can be performed at low cost and improve significantly the quality of the software.

  13. The Effect of Scratch- and Lego Mindstorms Ev3-Based Programming Activities on Academic Achievement, Problem-Solving Skills and Logical-Mathematical Thinking Skills of Students

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    Korkmaz, Özgen

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the Scratch and Lego Mindstorms Ev3 programming activities on academic achievement with respect to computer programming, and on the problem-solving and logical-mathematical thinking skills of students. This study was a semi-experimental, pretest-posttest study with two experimental groups and…

  14. Using Technological Innovation To Improve the Problem-Solving Skills of Middle School Students: Educators' Experiences with the LEGO Mindstorms Robotic Invention System.

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    Mauch, Elizabeth

    2001-01-01

    Describes the creation of an innovative problem-solving course for middle school teachers (based on the LEGO Mindstorms Robotic Invention System) intended to use a combination of logic, hands-on experience, and a modicum of trial and error to help middle school students identify the processes behind effectively solving problems. (SR)

  15. A MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF A LEGO DIFFERENTIAL DRIVE ROBOT

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    Gheorghe GÎLCĂ

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper details the development of a model for a mobile robot constructed from Lego® Mindstorms®. The equations representing the dynamics and kinematics of the robot are derived. In addition, the motors and wheels are represented in the model. The mobile robot is programmed in graphical programming language NXT-G and can follow a black line without problems, even if the route to achieve is difficult.

  16. Designing and implementing nervous system simulations on LEGO robots.

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    Blustein, Daniel; Rosenthal, Nikolai; Ayers, Joseph

    2013-05-25

    We present a method to use the commercially available LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics platform to test systems level neuroscience hypotheses. The first step of the method is to develop a nervous system simulation of specific reflexive behaviors of an appropriate model organism; here we use the American Lobster. Exteroceptive reflexes mediated by decussating (crossing) neural connections can explain an animal's taxis towards or away from a stimulus as described by Braitenberg and are particularly well suited for investigation using the NXT platform.(1) The nervous system simulation is programmed using LabVIEW software on the LEGO Mindstorms platform. Once the nervous system is tuned properly, behavioral experiments are run on the robot and on the animal under identical environmental conditions. By controlling the sensory milieu experienced by the specimens, differences in behavioral outputs can be observed. These differences may point to specific deficiencies in the nervous system model and serve to inform the iteration of the model for the particular behavior under study. This method allows for the experimental manipulation of electronic nervous systems and serves as a way to explore neuroscience hypotheses specifically regarding the neurophysiological basis of simple innate reflexive behaviors. The LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit provides an affordable and efficient platform on which to test preliminary biomimetic robot control schemes. The approach is also well suited for the high school classroom to serve as the foundation for a hands-on inquiry-based biorobotics curriculum.

  17. UPORABA LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 IN PROGRAMSKEGA JEZIKA LEJOS ZA ROBOTSKO ROKO

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    Brglez, Marko

    2016-01-01

    Diplomska naloga obravnava praktični primer uporabe paketa Lego Mindstroms EV3 ob uporabi programskega jezika LeJOS za izdelavo rabotske roke tipa SCARA, ki samostojno izriše grafično vsebino na papir. Za izdelavo roborske roke so uporabljeni konstrukcijski elementi paketa Lego Mindstroms. Krmiljenje robotske roke poteka preko programa, ki teče na krmilni enoti EV3 in je spisan v programskem jeziku LeJOS. Lik, ki ga robot izriše je pripravljen v enem izmed programskih paketov, ki omogočajo pr...

  18. IMPLEMENTASI ALGORITMA BREADTH FIRST SEARCH DAN OBSTACLE DETECTION DALAM PENELUSURAN LABIRIN DINAMIS MENGGUNAKAN ROBOT LEGO

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    Full Text Available Dewasa ini perkembangan teknologi di dunia robot edukasi berkembang pesat. Robot-robot edukasi ini sering digunakan dalam riset penelitian karena kemudahan-kemudahan yang diberikannya dari segi perangkat keras. Salah satu contoh robot edukasi adalah robot LEGO Mindstorms NXT. Pada penelitian ini robot LEGO dibangun dalam bentuk robot line follower. Robot ini mampu menelusuri dan mencari jalan keluar dari labirin dinamis. Dalam menelusuri dan mencari jalan keluar, robot LEGO menggunakan algoritma Breadth First Search dan Manhattan Distance dalam memutuskan jalan mana yang harus diambil. Ketika menemui objek halangan, robot LEGO akan mengenali dan menghindari objek halangan tersebut dengan algoritma Obstacle Detection yang dimilikinya. Hasil implementasi membuktikan bahwa algoritma penelusuran labirin dinamis ini dapat diimplementasikan pada robot LEGO meskipun terdapat banyak keterbatasan dalam robot LEGO. Nowadays, the development of technology in educational robots is rapidly evolving. Educational robots are often used in research studies because they provide convenience in terms of hardware. One example is the educational robot LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot. In this research, LEGO robots built in the form of line follower robot. Robot is able to browse and find a way out of the dynamic labyrinth. In track and find a way out, LEGO robot uses an algorithm Breadth First Search and Manhattan Distance in deciding which path to take. When encountering an obstacle object, LEGO robot will recognize and avoid that obstacle objects with Obstacle Detection algorithm. The results prove that the implementation of a dynamic maze search algorithm can be implemented on a LEGO robot even though there are many limitations in LEGO robot.

  19. A line follower robot implementation using Lego's Mindstorms Kit and Q-Learning

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    Hector-Gabriel Acosta-Mesa

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Un problema común al trabajar con robots móviles es que la fase de programación puede ser un proceso largo, costoso y difícil para los programadores. Los Algoritmos de Aprendizaje por Refuerzo ofrecen uno de los marcos de trabajo más generales en el ámbito de aprendizaje de máquina. Este trabajo presenta un enfoque usando el algoritmo de Q-Learning en un robot Lego para que aprenda "por sí mismo" a seguir una línea negra dibujada en una superficie blanca. El entorno de programación utilizado en este trabajo es Matlab.A common problem working with mobile robots is that programming phase could be a long, expensive and heavy process for programmers. The reinforcement learning algorithms offer one of the most general frameworks in learning subjects. This work presents an approach using the Q-Learning algorithm on a Lego robot in order for it to learn by itself how to follow a blackline drawn down on a white surface, using Matlab [5] as programming environment.

  20. FIRST LEGO League Kickoff

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    Randall Hicks (right), Jacobs Technology's Education Services manager at NASA John C. Stennis Space Center, answers questions about the playing field for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League's 2007 Challenge, `Power Puzzle.' More than 140 teachers, mentors, parents and students from 15 schools attended the Sept. 15 FLL season kickoff at StenniSphere, the visitor center at SSC. The teams from southern and central Mississippi and Mobile, Ala., who came to SSC heard rules for and asked questions about `Power Puzzle,' and saw robot demonstrations by Gulfport and Picayune high schools' past FIRST Robotics competitions. Using LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits, FLL teams of children ages 9-14 will spend the next three months building and programming robots to perform 'Power Puzzle's' challenge tasks, then pit them in competitions. They also will submit a research project about how energy choices impact the environment and the economy. The season will culminate at the Mississippi Championship Tournament on Dec. 8 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. FLL, considered the `little league' of the FIRST Robotics Competition, partners FIRST and the LEGO Group. Competitions aim to inspire and celebrate science and technology using real-world context and hands-on experimentation. NASA recognizes FIRST activities as an excellent hands-on method to increase student knowledge of science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Schools represented in this year's kickoff were: Madison Avenue Upper Elementary, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' Conehatta Elementary, Hattiesburg's Lillie Burney Elementary, Pearl Upper Elementary, Long Beach Middle, Oktibehha Elementary, d'Iberville Middle, Saucier's West Wortham Middle, Picayune's Nicholson Elementary and Roseland Park Baptist Church Academy, Bay St. Louis' St. Stanislaus College and Mobile's Davidson High, as well as two home-school groups from the Jackson area.

  1. ZigBee modul pro platformu Logo MindStorm

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    Kočár, Darius

    2008-01-01

    Cílem této práce je rozšíření platformy Lego MindStorm (dále LEGO) o ZigBee modul. Toto rozšíření umožní dálkově aktivovat pohyb robota. Dále je srovnáno výsledné řešení s již zabudovaným Bluetooth rozhraním. Tomu předchází analýza komunikačních požadavků a navržení komunikačních protokolů. Dále zhodnocení možností již předem daných, neměnných vlastností jako komunikační možnosti NXT Kostky, rozhraní ZigBee modulu, případně jeho řídícího obvodu. The goal of this thesis is extending Lego Mi...

  2. Chemical Experiments Measuring ph and Gases on "Planetary" Soil by the HUSAR-5 NXT-based Rover Model

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    Lang, Agota; Bérczi, Szaniszló; Erdélyi, Soma; Nickl, Istvan; Kiss, Daniel; Erdősi, Ferenc; Panyi, Tamas; Szalay, Kristof

    2010-05-01

    Introduction: We report two chemical experiments studying the soil on the surface of a planet. Both experiments are built on the HUSAR-5 rover model (Hungarian University Surface Analyser Rover) in a Hungarian high school. In the first experiment our rover uses optical lens as classical heating experiment and gas-sensor to measure the chemical components liberated by the heating. In the second experiment we measure chemical characteristics of the soil by using the indicator method. We report the constructions and experiments carried out by our rover. The task of the first mission: The main goal of the experiment is to move and fix the lens so that the plane of the lens should be perpendicular to the axis of the incident solar light. It is important that the focus of the lens should reach the soil exactly, and it should be operated at any incidence position. We solved this problem using three motors. Two move the lens around horizontal axes, and the third one around a vertical one. The technological structure of HUSAR-5 instruments has been built from LEGO elements, driven by LEGO Mindstorms motors and controlled by NXT "brain". We used a photoresistor, whose signal was lead into the NXT. The steps of the measuring process are the followings I. For focusing: 1. Basic position: The lens is in resting position exactly a focus distance above the soil. The holding arm is horizontal, and the plane of the lens is also horizontal, parallel to the soil. 2. After selecting the location of the measurement, the NXT first moves the lens and finds the position (with the help of the lightsensor) where the intensity of the light is the largest. 3. The other motor moves the arm up and down and positions the lens plane perpendicular to the solar lights. The program takes into the memory both measured angles. 4. The forth step is lifting up the arm into the necessary position. From the initial position the lifting motor states the arm to this position which is calculated by the

  3. The Perfect Mindstorm: 4-H Robotics in Afterschool Settings

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available As the 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET Mission Mandate unfolds, robotics provides an opportunity to involve youth in SET activities. Utah 4-H utilized Lego Mindstorms Robotics kits to teach youth about robotics. Evaluations demonstrated that robots increase youth’s interest in science, engineering and technology.

  4. Reviews Books: IGCSE physics textbooks from CIE and Edexcel Book: Three Steps to the Universe CD: ASE/SEP CD for Heads of Science and Principal Teachers Book: Exposed! Ouija, Firewalking and other Gibberish Book: Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction Software: ROBOLAB 2.9 and NXT-G 2.0 Book: The Language of Physics: A Foundation for University Study Apparatus: Mini Magdeburgs Web Watch

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    WE RECOMMEND IGCSE Physics (for the CIE course) A clear, approachable textbook for the new course ASE/SEP CD for Heads of Science and Principal Teachers An excellent resource to help those new to authority Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction Well written summary of a complex subject ROBOLAB 2.9 Versatile datalogging software for Lego MINDSTORMS The Language of Physics: A Foundation for University Study Book closes the gap between A-level and degree-level physics Mini Magdeburgs Fun apparatus that can be used for teaching and play WORTH A LOOK Edexcel IGCSE Physics An up-to-date but uninspiring new textbook Three Steps to the Universe A book crammed full of space science Exposed! Ouija, Firewalking and other Gibberish Science explains why not to believe in pseudo-science HANDLE WITH CARE NXT-G 2.0 Very limited datalogging software for Lego MINDSTORMS WEB WATCH Virtual experiments have their place but cannot replace real practical work in the classroom

  5. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 the Mayan adventure

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    Bell, Mark

    2017-01-01

    Through the use of a fictional story, this book details how to build and design robots. Although it offers numerous robotic designs and offers detailed information on how to build and program each robot, readers are encouraged to come up with their own.

  6. Kauglabor Lego Mindstorms EV3 baasil

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    Nõomaa, Alex

    2016-01-01

    Loodus-­, täppisteaduste ja tehnoloogia valdkonna õppe hädavajalik osa on laboripraktika – praktilised oskused saavutatakse nende nimest johtuvalt läbi kogemuste, mida praegu pakuvad õppurile praktikumid, ekskursioonid ja töö laboris. Võimalus katseid sooritada Interneti vahendusel on sisuliselt küll olemas, kuid praktikas kardetakse nende liigset keerukust ja ol...

  7. Mindstorms Robots and the Application of Cognitive Load Theory in Introductory Programming

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    Mason, Raina; Cooper, Graham

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports on a series of introductory programming workshops, initially targeting female high school students, which utilised Lego Mindstorms robots. Cognitive load theory (CLT) was applied to the instructional design of the workshops, and a controlled experiment was also conducted investigating aspects of the interface. Results indicated…

  8. Enriching K-12 Science and Mathematics Education Using LEGOs

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    Williams, Keeshan; Igel, Irina; Poveda, Ronald; Kapila, Vikram; Iskander, Magued

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a series of illustrative LEGO Mindstorms-based science and math activities, developed under an NSF GK-12 Fellows project, for elementary, middle, and high school grades. The activities, developed by engineering and science graduate Fellows in partnership with K-12 teachers, are grade appropriate, address pertinent learning…

  9. Lego Group

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    Møller Larsen, Marcus; Pedersen, Torben; Slepniov, Dmitrij

    2010-01-01

    of the production in high cost countries. Confident with the prospects of the new partnership, the company signed a long-term contract with Flextronics. This decision eventually proved itself to have been too hasty, however. Merely three years after the contracts were signed, LEGO management announced that it would...

  10. LEGO Diorama Images

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — We often create dioramas from LEGO bricks for use with our presentations, blogs, and social media posts. We find it's much more fun and effective to reenact...

  11. MiniLEGO

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    Frederiksen, Tore Kasper; Jakobsen, Thomas Pelle; Nielsen, Jesper Buus

    2013-01-01

    One of the main tools to construct secure two-party computation protocols are Yao garbled circuits. Using the cut-and-choose technique, one can get reasonably efficient Yao-based protocols with security against malicious adversaries. At TCC 2009, Nielsen and Orlandi [28] suggested to apply cut...... MiniLEGO). MiniLEGO is compatible with all known optimization for Yao garbled gates (row reduction, free-XORs, point-and-permute)....

  12. Mindstorms robots and the application of cognitive load theory in introductory programming

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    Mason, Raina; Cooper, Graham

    2013-12-01

    This paper reports on a series of introductory programming workshops, initially targeting female high school students, which utilised Lego Mindstorms robots. Cognitive load theory (CLT) was applied to the instructional design of the workshops, and a controlled experiment was also conducted investigating aspects of the interface. Results indicated that a truncated interface led to better learning by novice programmers as measured by test performance by participants, as well as enhanced shifts in self-efficacy and lowered perception of difficulty. There was also a transfer effect to another programming environment (Alice). It is argued that the results indicate that for novice programmers, the mere presence on-screen of additional (redundant) entities acts as a form of tacit distraction, thus impeding learning. The utility of CLT to analyse, design and deliver aspects of computer programming environments and instructional materials is discussed.

  13. A Lego Robot on the ISS: Chronicles of a Successful Space Outreach Programme

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    Carl, S.; Mirra, C.

    2002-01-01

    In a recent effort, a space outreach project on the International Space Station (ISS) was initiated and successfully implemented. This project, named "Mindstorms in Space", was solely supported by industry. The Lego Company, being active in the non-space area, in co-operation with Intospace, a space industry service provider, developed a space education project aimed at developing, launching and operating a Lego Robot on the Space Station. The idea behind the project is part of a subsequent marketing campaign of Lego in Central Europe in order to promote their Lego Mindstorms series. This series is a highly sophisticated assembly set with programmable microchips and advanced reaction systems such as light-, touch or rotational sensors. The space environment of the ISS was perceived as the right scenario for this hi-tech project. Therefore a public competition was announced to create attention offering interested people to participate in developing a robot that will be in the condition to support the ISS crew during their daily routine work. The criteria of the competition were kept in line with the common Lego principles, i.e. creativity, innovation, fun and teamwork, as well as the basic manned space support parameters, i.e. usefulness, functionality in microgravity, interaction with the crew. Several steps were necessary to make this happen including the qualification of the hardware and selection of the competition winner by a jury. Furthermore integration preparation tasks, the actual launch and the final demonstration during a live transmission from onboard the ISS represented a good example of how such a project can be successfully accomplished in a short time. This paper will present the development and execution of this project and will provide a snapshot on the success of the public outreach campaign.

  14. Learning with LEGO

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    Durrani, Matin

    2017-12-01

    I have lost count of the number of wheezes to get people hooked on particle physics. There have been straightforward scientific accounts, personal tales of discovery, books filled with cartoons, essays and even historical vignettes. In Particle Physics Brick by Brick, science communicator Ben Still has decided to use LEGO bricks to coax readers into learning more about the subatomic world.

  15. Localization of Mobile Robots Using an Extended Kalman Filter in a LEGO NXT

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    Pinto, M.; Moreira, A. P.; Matos, A.

    2012-01-01

    The inspiration for this paper comes from a successful experiment conducted with students in the "Mobile Robots" course in the fifth year of the integrated Master's program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal. One of the topics in this Mobile Robots…

  16. Ordered Effects of Technology Education Units on Higher-Order Critical Thinking Skills of Middle School Students

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    Mojica, Kern D.

    2010-01-01

    In this quasi-experimental quantitative study, 105 eighth grade students at a suburban middle school in New York State participated in a seven month-long project involving the ordered effects of the technology education units of Lego[R] Mindstorms(TM) NXT Robotics System, Digital Storytelling with Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, and the Marble Maze…

  17. MATLAB Meets LEGO Mindstorms--A Freshman Introduction Course into Practical Engineering

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    Behrens, A.; Atorf, L.; Schwann, R.; Neumann, B.; Schnitzler, R.; Balle, J.; Herold, T.; Telle, A.; Noll, T. G.; Hameyer, K.; Aach, T.

    2010-01-01

    In today's teaching and learning approaches for first-semester students, practical courses more and more often complement traditional theoretical lectures. This practical element allows an early insight into the real world of engineering, augments student motivation, and enables students to acquire soft skills early. This paper describes a new…

  18. Teaching with LEGO mindstorms robots: Effects on learning environment and attitudes toward science

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    Jim, Cary Ka Wai

    Robotics equipment became the new approach to provide students with hands-on experience while learning STEM subjects. This study implemented a 15-day robotics program in 6th grade classrooms within three magnet schools. The goal was to understand students' and teachers' perceptions of their classes, their attitudes toward robotics and effect of robotics on student motivation. My Class Inventory (MCI), Test of Science-Related Attitude Elementary version (TOSRA2), Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument (STEBI), interviews, and observations were used in this study. According to our results, students perceived more friction, less satisfaction from their classroom environment, while their enjoyment of science lessons decrease. It is important to consider teachers personal beliefs and attitudes, while implementing new content and pedagogy such as robotics in their classroom. This study suggests different factors summarized in the conclusion for a successful implementation of robotics program in the future.

  19. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 ROBOT PROGRAMLAMA ARAYÜZÜNÜN İNCELENMESİ

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    Kunduracıoğlu, İsmail

    2018-01-01

    Günümüzde programlama eğitiminin değeri giderek arttığı ve bu eğitimin ilkokul düzeyinde verilmeye başladığıgörülmüştür. Bununla paralel olarak programlama araçları da çeşitlilik kazanmıştır. Klasik programlama eğitiminin yenibaşlayanlar ve özellikle yaşı küçük çocuklar için zor olabilmesi nedeniyle blok programlama dilleri geliştirilmiştir. Blokprogramlama şeklinde yeni başlayan öğrenenler programlama öğrenmeye daha kolay adapte olmaktadır. Programlamaeğitiminin yaygınlaşmasıyla blok program...

  20. Liquid-handling Lego robots and experiments for STEM education and research.

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    Lukas C Gerber

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Liquid-handling robots have many applications for biotechnology and the life sciences, with increasing impact on everyday life. While playful robotics such as Lego Mindstorms significantly support education initiatives in mechatronics and programming, equivalent connections to the life sciences do not currently exist. To close this gap, we developed Lego-based pipetting robots that reliably handle liquid volumes from 1 ml down to the sub-μl range and that operate on standard laboratory plasticware, such as cuvettes and multiwell plates. These robots can support a range of science and chemistry experiments for education and even research. Using standard, low-cost household consumables, programming pipetting routines, and modifying robot designs, we enabled a rich activity space. We successfully tested these activities in afterschool settings with elementary, middle, and high school students. The simplest robot can be directly built from the widely used Lego Education EV3 core set alone, and this publication includes building and experiment instructions to set the stage for dissemination and further development in education and research.

  1. Liquid-handling Lego robots and experiments for STEM education and research.

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    Gerber, Lukas C; Calasanz-Kaiser, Agnes; Hyman, Luke; Voitiuk, Kateryna; Patil, Uday; Riedel-Kruse, Ingmar H

    2017-03-01

    Liquid-handling robots have many applications for biotechnology and the life sciences, with increasing impact on everyday life. While playful robotics such as Lego Mindstorms significantly support education initiatives in mechatronics and programming, equivalent connections to the life sciences do not currently exist. To close this gap, we developed Lego-based pipetting robots that reliably handle liquid volumes from 1 ml down to the sub-μl range and that operate on standard laboratory plasticware, such as cuvettes and multiwell plates. These robots can support a range of science and chemistry experiments for education and even research. Using standard, low-cost household consumables, programming pipetting routines, and modifying robot designs, we enabled a rich activity space. We successfully tested these activities in afterschool settings with elementary, middle, and high school students. The simplest robot can be directly built from the widely used Lego Education EV3 core set alone, and this publication includes building and experiment instructions to set the stage for dissemination and further development in education and research.

  2. Using Python to Program LEGO MINDSTORMS® Robots: The PyNXC Project

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    LEGO MINDSTORMS® NXT (Lego Group, 2006 is a perfect platform for introducing programming concepts, and is generally targeted toward children from age 8-14.  The language which ships with the MINDSTORMS®, called NXTg, is a graphical language based on LabVIEW (Jeff Kodosky, 2010.  Although there is much value in graphical languages, such as LabVIEW, a text-based alternative can be targeted at an older audiences and serve as part of a more general introduction to modern computing.  Other languages, such as NXC (Not Exactly C (Hansen, 2010 and PbLua (Hempel, 2010, fit this description.  Here we introduce PyNXC, a subset of the Python language which can be used to program the NXT MINDSTORMS®.  We present results using PyNXC, comparisons with other languages, and some challenges and future possible extensions.


     

  3. Modular Lego-Electronics

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    Shaikh, Sohail F.

    2017-10-24

    Electronic system components have thousands of individual field effect transistors (FETs) interconnected executing dedicated functions. Assembly yield of >80% will guarantee system failure since a single interconnect failure will result in undesired performance. Hence, a paradigm shift is needed in the self-assembly or integration of state-of-the-art integrated circuits (ICs) for a physically compliant system. Traditionally, most ICs share same geometry with only variations in dimensions and packaging. Here, a generic manufacturable method of converting state-of-the-art complementary metal oxide semiconductor-based ICs into modular Lego-electronics is shown with unique geometry that is physically identifiable to ease manufacturing and enhance throughput. Various geometries at the backside of the silicon die and on the destination site having the same geometry with relaxed dimension (up to 50 µm extra) allow targeted site binding like DNA assembly. Different geometries, angles, and heights for different modules provide a unique identity to each of the ICs. A two-level geometric combination presented here helps in maintaining the uniqueness of individual module to assemble at exact matching site like a perfect lock-and-key model. The assembled ICs offer uncompromised electrical performance, higher yield, and fabrication ease. In future, this method can further be expanded for fluidic assisted self-assembly.

  4. A Probabilistic Analysis of the Nxt Forging Algorithm

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    Serguei Popov

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available We discuss the forging algorithm of Nxt from a probabilistic point of view, and obtain explicit formulas and estimates for several important quantities, such as the probability that an account generates a block, the length of the longest sequence of consecutive blocks generated by one account, and the probability that one concurrent blockchain wins over an- other one. Also, we discuss some attack vectors related to splitting an account into many smaller ones.

  5. Lego Group: An Outsourcing Journey

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    Larsen, Marcus Møller; Pedersen, Torben; Slepniov, Dmitrij

    2010-01-01

    of the production in high cost countries. Confident with the prospects of the new partnership, the company signed a long-term contract with Flextronics. This decision eventually proved itself to have been too hasty, however. Merely three years after the contracts were signed, LEGO management announced that it would...

  6. LEGO-inspired drug design

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    Thanh Tung, Truong; Dao, Trong Tuan; Grifell Junyent, Marta

    2018-01-01

    The fungal plasma membrane H+-ATPase (Pma1p) is a potential target for the discovery of new antifungal agents. Surprisingly, no structure-activity relationship studies for small molecules targeting Pma1p have been reported. Herein, we disclose a LEGO-inspired fragment assembly strategy for design...

  7. On the entropy of LEGO

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    Durhuus, Bergfinnur; Eilers, Søren

    We propose the further study of the rate of growth of the number of contiguous buildings which may be made from n LEGO blocks of the same size and color. Specializing to blocks of dimension 2x4 we give upper and lower bounds, and speculate on the true value....

  8. Have LEGO Products Become More Violent?

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    Full Text Available Although television, computer games and the Internet play an important role in the lives of children they still also play with physical toys, such as dolls, cars and LEGO bricks. The LEGO company has become the world's largest toy manufacturer. Our study investigates if the LEGO company's products have become more violent over time. First, we analyzed the frequency of weapon bricks in LEGO sets. Their use has significantly increased. Second, we empirically investigated the perceived violence in the LEGO product catalogs from the years 1978-2014. Our results show that the violence of the depicted products has increased significantly over time. The LEGO Company's products are not as innocent as they used to be.

  9. A Lego version of ATLAS

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    Laëtitia Pedroso

    2010-01-01

    There's nothing very unusual about a small child making simple objects out of Lego. But wouldn't you be surprised to learn that one six-year old has just made a life-like model of the ATLAS detector?   Bastian with his Lego ATLAS detector. © Photo provided by Kai Nicklas, Bastian's father. It all began a month ago when the boy's father was watching a video about the construction of the ATLAS detector on the Internet. He hadn't noticed that his son was watching it over his shoulder. The small boy was fascinated by what he was seeing on the computer screen and his first reaction was to exclaim: "Wow! That's a terrific machine! I think the people who built it must be really clever." The detector must have really fired his imagination because, after asking his father a few questions, he decided to make a Lego model of it. Look at the photo and you will see how closely the model he produced resembles the actual ATLAS detector. Is the little boy in question, Bastia...

  10. LEGO Robotics: An Authentic Problem Solving Tool?

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    Castledine, Alanah-Rei; Chalmers, Chris

    2011-01-01

    With the current curriculum focus on correlating classroom problem solving lessons to real-world contexts, are LEGO robotics an effective problem solving tool? This present study was designed to investigate this question and to ascertain what problem solving strategies primary students engaged with when working with LEGO robotics and whether the…

  11. Lego Robotics: STEM Sport of the Mind

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    Gura, Mark

    2012-01-01

    Lego robotics is engaging, hands-on, and encompasses every one of the NETS for Students. It also inspires a love of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and provides the experience students need to use digital age skills in the real world. In this article, the author discusses how schools get involved with Lego Robotics and…

  12. Product Platform Screening at LEGO

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    Mortensen, Niels Henrik; Steen Jensen, Thomas; Nielsen, Ole Fiil

    2012-01-01

    Product platforms offer great benefits to companies developing new products in highly competitive markets. Literature describes how a single platform can be designed from a technical point of view, but rarely mentions how the process begins. How do companies identify possible platform candidates......, and how do they assess if these candidates have enough potential to be worth implementing? Danish toy manufacturer LEGO has systematically gone through this process twice. The first time the results were poor; almost all platform candidates failed. The second time, though, has been largely successful...

  13. Build your own tiny Lego LHC

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    2015-01-01

    A PhD student working on the ATLAS experiment has created a replica of the Large Hadron Collider using Lego building blocks. Nathan Readioff, from the University of Liverpool (see here), submitted his design to Lego Ideas (see here) this week and is now awaiting the 10,000 votes needed for it to qualify for the Lego Review, which decides if projects become new Lego products. You can help this project, vote online now!   A computer simulation of the miniature Lego LHC, complete with four detectors connected with blue dipole magnets. His Lego design is a stylised model of the LHC, showcasing the four main detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb at the micro scale. Each detector is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet the details of the internal systems are intricate, revealed by cutaway walls. Every major detector component is represented by a Lego piece. The models are not strictly to scale with one another, but the same size base is used for each one to maximise the detail that can...

  14. Designing Effective Spaces, Tasks and Metrics for Communication in Second Life within the Context of Programming LEGO NXT Mindstorms™ Robots

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    Vallance, Michael; Martin, Stewart; Wiz, Charles; van Schaik, Paul

    2010-01-01

    Science education is concerned with the meaningful pursuit of comprehension, knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes. In Vygotskian social constructivist learning, personal interpretation, decision-making and community cooperation fosters long-term understanding and transference of learned concepts. The construction of…

  15. An Experimental Study on the Learning Outcome of Teaching Elementary Level Children using Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Education Kit

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    Chaudhary, Vidushi; Agrawal, Vishnu; Sureka, Ashish

    2016-01-01

    Skills like computational thinking, problem solving, handling complexity, team-work and project management are essential for future careers and needs to be taught to students at the elementary level itself. Computer programming knowledge and skills, experiencing technology and conducting science and engineering experiments are also important for students at elementary level. However, teaching such skills effectively through active learning can be challenging for educators. In this paper, we p...

  16. Library Programming with LEGO MINDSTORMS, Scratch, and PicoCricket: Analysis of Best Practices for Public Libraries

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    Romero, Juan Suarez

    2010-01-01

    Public libraries are redefining their roles in order to stay relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. Today, libraries are places where reading meets hands-on learning and where quietness coexists with voices and music. The latest advances in technology for children and teens, specifically, robotics sets and media-rich software, are…

  17. LEGO products have become more complex.

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    Full Text Available The LEGO Group has become the largest toy company in the world and they can look back to a proud history of more than 50 years of producing bricks and other toys. Starting with a simple set of basic bricks their range of toys appeared to have increased in complexity over the years. We processed the inventories of most sets from 1955-2015 and our analysis showed that LEGO sets have become bigger, more colorful and more specialized. The vocabulary of bricks has increased significantly resulting in sets sharing fewer bricks. The increased complexity of LEGO sets and bricks enables skilled builders to design ever more amazing models but it may also overwhelm less skilled or younger builders.

  18. Lego: When video games bridge between play and cinema

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes an exploration of the Lego Transmedia World. The starting point is a definition of a Lego aesthetics based on four characteristics: modularity, translatability, intertextuality and a tripartite nature of Lego minifigures. A brief analysis of the most popular types of Lego products – toys, games, video games and movies – will delineate a continuum that goes from different degrees of playfulness to mere readership: continuum in which videogames hold a special position. The final aim of this article is to underline, thanks to the Lego case study, the complexity and variety of the knotty intertextual nets that characterize transmedia realities.

  19. Transforming LEGO for the Digital Economy

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    Andersen, Peter; Ross, Jeanne

    2016-01-01

    processes. The goal of the new transformation is “to become a digital company.” Although the company already looked digital in 2016, management felt it had not become digital—in its products and processes. This case describes the LEGO Group’s journey to become a successful digital company.......To avert bankruptcy, the LEGO Group had transformed itself starting in 2004. As it entered 2016, the company was poised for a new transformation. This time the transformation builds on the strength of an enterprise platform the company developed to provide needed discipline around core business...

  20. Sistema sensor para navegación en vehículos autónomos

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    Viñolo Arcos, Xavier

    2010-01-01

    Este proyecto tiene como objetivo crear un sistema de navegación de bajo coste con la ayuda de sensores inerciales para un vehículo autónomo. Para ello se ha utilizado como plataforma Lego Mindstorms NXT. El entorno software usado para controlar y programar ha sido Labview. El proyecto se estructura siguiendo el siguiente índice. En primer lugar se introduce el mundo de la robótica describiendo la estructura general de vehículos. A continuación se concreta la descripción para el kit de Lego q...

  1. Investování do setů stavebnic LEGO

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    Voborský, Michal

    2017-01-01

    This Bachelor thesis indetifies LEGO sets as an opportunity for investment and determines sets as alternative assets. The thesis is divided into five chapters. First defines alternative assets and investing in them. Second describes the history of the LEGO Company and their products. Third one describes ways of investing in LEGO sets and defines markets, where LEGO is traded. Fourth part describes factors which influence the value of LEGO sets. Last, fifth, part analyses return on investment ...

  2. LEGO for Two-Party Secure Computation

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    Nielsen, Jesper Buus; Orlandi, Claudio

    2009-01-01

    This paper continues the recent line of work of making Yao’s garbled circuit approach to two-party computation secure against an active adversary. We propose a new cut-and-choose based approach called LEGO (Large Efficient Garbled-circuit Optimization): It is specifically aimed at large circuits....... Asymptotically it obtains a factor  improvement in computation and communication over previous cut-and-choose based solutions, where  is the size of the circuit being computed. The protocol is universally composable (UC) in the OT-hybrid model against a static, active adversary....

  3. Bright bricks, dark play: On the impossibility of studying LEGO

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    Giddings, S.

    2014-01-01

    It is generally recognized that the pleasures of LEGO do not end once the instructions in a particular set have been followed and the model depicted on the box is accurately realized. Generations of children have —just as the manufacturers intended— pulled apart the pristine model and begun again, making new vehicles, environments and creatures. The new set joins the larger box of LEGO full of older bricks, and is mixed and hybridized. This hybridization has become particularly evident in rec...

  4. The Analysis and Development of a Mechanical Breadboard Structure

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    from previous generations of the Legos © sets in one key way. The Mindstorm set includes very specific and specially made parts used to build and...Figure 5: Lego © Mindstorm Robot (Lego.com, 2006) There is a trade off in the level of sophistication in the Mindstorm set. The original building...Architectures Dedicated Frame Integral Frame Statics Board Legos © Blocks Electrical Breadboard Lego © Mindstorm Pic Design/WM Berg Zome

  5. Touch the comet! Testing of the "Rosetta's Comet Touchdown" educational kit in the Széchenyi István High School, Sopron, Hungary.

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    Lang, A.; Wesely, N.; Soós, B.; Sléber, B.; Majnovics, Z.; Ettingshausen, M.; Bodnár, L.; Németh, A.; Roos, M.

    2011-10-01

    In our school works a course in robotics where students build and program robots from a LEGO MINDSTORMS kit. We took part in the Hunveyor- Husar project with a Mars rover based on a rover model kit, of which the operating arms are built out of LEGO and controlled by an MINDSTORMS NXT computer. We presented our rover on the EPSC in Rome last September 2010 We presented our rover on the EPSC in Rome in September 2010. At that same conference the "Rosetta's Comet Touchdown" educational kit was officially presented. We were very interested and in conversation with the people from the project, we agreed that our school in Sopron would also participate in testing the kit. . The kit comes with a set of Interdisciplinary Activity Sheets (IAS, downloadable from Vimeo channel1) and a great feature is that the proposed activities in the IAS cover three areas: science, art/history and engineering. The 31 students from our class divided up in groups and each group chose a different topic: History of comets in Hungarian culture; Designing a T-shirt; Research on comets; Hungary in the Rosetta mission; Animation of Rosetta's orbit in space; building a LEGO MINDSTORM model; a film was made of the activities . In this presentation we report in particular the activities of the LEGO building team.

  6. Business process Innovation – The LEGO Case

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    Møller, Charles; Hansen, Poul H. Kyvsgård

    2006-01-01

    Most organizations today are required not only to establish effective business processes but they are required to accommodate for changing business conditions at an increasing rate. Many business processes extend beyond the boundary of the enterprise into the supply chain and the information...... infrastructure therefore is critical. Today nearly every business relies on their Enterprise System (ES) for process integration and the future generations of Enterprise Systems will increasingly be driven by business process models. Consequently process modelling and improvement will become vital for business...... process innovation (BPI) in future organizations. This paper explores the applicability of one particular methodology for Business Process Innovation to deal with the challenge that the LEGO organization is facing with the alignment of their product development process and their supply chain. The paper...

  7. Uptake and early removals of Implanon NXT in South Africa: Perceptions and attitudes of healthcare workers

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    O A Adeagbo

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Background. The South African (SA government introduced Implanon NXT, a long-acting subdermal contraceptive implant, in 2014 to expand contraceptive choice. Following an initial high uptake, its use declined considerably amid reports of early removals and frequent side-effects. We examine providers’ perceptions of training and attitudes towards Implanon NXT, as well as their views on the causes of early removals and the impact on the implant service. Objective. To assess healthcare providers’ perceptions and attitudes towards implant services in SA. Methods. In-depth interviews were conducted with eight nurses providing implant services in public facilities in Gauteng and North West Province. Emerging themes were identified, manually coded and thematically analysed following an interpretivism approach. Results. Nurses lacked confidence in providing implant services effectively, particularly removals, which they ascribed to the brief, cascade-type training received. Nurses generally held negative views towards the method. They also reported that side-effects are the most common reason for early removals – particularly irregular bleeding – and that men often do not support their partners who use the method. Lastly, it was found that providers require guidance on counselling regarding the method and standardised guidelines on the management of side-effects. Conclusion. Retraining and support of providers are needed to address competency gaps and negative attitudes towards the method. Assessment of providers’ readiness to perform removal procedures is also important. Finally, effective plans are necessary to improve implant continuation rates, especially among women whose partners are unsupportive.

  8. A Framework for Multi Robot Guidance Control

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    Keskin, Onur; Uyar, Erol

    In this paper we present a framework for path planning and path finding for multiple mobile robots with global vision. Our framework model considers the agents’ dynamic status and their environment with obstacles to perform given tasks. The global vision system provides feedback to main controller computer and mobile robots are directed towards to their tasks with avoiding obstacles and without any collision. Different kinds of scenario are prepared to simulate manipulating tasks and non-collision behavior with our framework. Experiment results with Lego Mindstorms NXT shows that our framework can be used where a multi robot system is needed with minimum resources.

  9. Using LEGO for learning fractions, supporting or distracting?

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    Rejeki, Sri; Setyaningsih, Nining; Toyib, Muhamad

    2017-05-01

    The role of games used for learning mathematics is still in debate. However, many research revealed that it gave positive effects on both students' motivation and performance in mathematics. Therefore, this study aims at investigating the effects of using LEGO-as one of games which students are familiar with, for learning mathematics, on both students' conceptual knowledge of fractions and students' attitude in learning mathematics. A set of learning activities consisting three meetings of fractions learning was designed for this study. The activities were mainly about solving word-context problems using LEGO as the model. Thirty students of seven grade with high-ability in mathematics and thirty two students with low-ability in mathematics were involved in this study. The data were collected through students' written works, video registration and field notes during the teaching and learning activities. The results indicate that in general the use of LEGO in learning activities support the conceptual understanding on fractions for both students with high-ability and low-ability in mathematics. Moreover, for students with low-ability in mathematics, it promotes the computational skill of fractions operation. The evidences also suggest that bringing LEGO into classroom activities improve students' motivation and engagement. However, in some cases, students were more focus on playing than learning. Therefore, teachers play important roles on providing clear pedagogical instructions about the way to use LEGO properly.

  10. Uptake and early removals of Implanon NXT in South Africa: Perceptions and attitudes of healthcare workers

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    Adeagbo, O; Mullick, S; Pillay, D; Chersich, M; Morroni, C; Naidoo, N; Pleaner, M; Rees, H

    2017-10-01

    Background. The South African (SA) government introduced Implanon NXT, a long-acting subdermal contraceptive implant, in 2014 to expand contraceptive choice. Following an initial high uptake, its use declined considerably amid reports of early removals and frequent side-effects. We examine providers’ perceptions of training and attitudes towards Implanon NXT, as well as their views on the causes of early removals and the impact on the implant service. Objective. To assess healthcare providers’ perceptions and attitudes towards implant services in SA. Methods. In-depth interviews were conducted with eight nurses providing implant services in public facilities in Gauteng and North West Province. Emerging themes were identified, manually coded and thematically analysed following an interpretivism approach. Results. Nurses lacked confidence in providing implant services effectively, particularly removals, which they ascribed to the brief, cascade-type training received. Nurses generally held negative views towards the method. They also reported that side-effects are the most common reason for early removals – particularly irregular bleeding – and that men often do not support their partners who use the method. Lastly, it was found that providers require guidance on counselling regarding the method and standardised guidelines on the management of side-effects. Conclusion. Retraining and support of providers are needed to address competency gaps and negative attitudes towards the method. Assessment of providers’ readiness to perform removal procedures is also important. Finally, effective plans are necessary to improve implant continuation rates, especially among women whose partners are unsupportive. Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial Works License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

  11. Does Lego Training Stimulate Pupils' Ability to Solve Logical Problems?

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    Lindh, Jorgen; Holgersson, Thomas

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of a one-year regular robotic toys (lego) training on school pupils' performance. The underlying pedagogical perspective is the "constructionist theory," where the main idea is that knowledge is constructed in the mind of the pupil by active learning. The investigation has been made…

  12. LEGO: A Modular Approach to Accelerator Alignment Data Analysis

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    LeCocq, Catherine M

    2003-01-01

    The underlying unity of the numerous surveying computational methods is hidden by many practical differences in data acquisition. Traditional programming languages have added to the confusion by requiring programmers to describe the numeric data in very concrete and low-level structures (mostly arrays). In fact the algorithms behind all coordinate determination from surveying observations come down to basic methods of linear algebra. Lego uses the paradigm of object oriented programming (OOP) to more closely model the fundamental mathematical structures of all geodetic methods. Once the methods are in OOP form, the commonality across them becomes more obvious and a general architecture for a wide range of geodetic treatments becomes possible. This paper describes the fundamental concepts of this architecture and its advantages in terms of clarity (maintainability, testability and multi-author), portability and extensibility (observation types, resolution techniques and storage methods). The very first version of Lego was built in 1994 as a set of C routines to be used for the adjustment of theodolite data and tracker data. The routines were organized into six modules. Each module answered a specific task. The tasks had been identified as followed: general implementation, input, generic surveying formulas, statistical functions, matrix manipulation and specific resolution technique. This organization was the reason for the name Lego, but more seriously the purpose of this separation was to make Lego easily adaptable to any environment and easily expandable to new resolution techniques. At a second look, it was also a cry for being converted into a more modern language. Because C++ is primarily a superset of C, most C++ compilers have no problems compiling regular C code and may also handle a mixture of C and C++. This made the transformation of Lego very fast and painless. Up to now Lego is still using C functions for file access and dynamic memory allocation but is

  13. LEGO A Modular Approach to Accelerator Alignment Data Analysis

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    Lecocq, C M

    2003-01-01

    The underlying unity of the numerous surveying computational methods is hidden by many practical differences in data acquisition. Traditional programming languages have added to the confusion by requiring programmers to describe the numeric data in very concrete and low-level structures (mostly arrays). In fact the algorithms behind all coordinate determination from surveying observations come down to basic methods of linear algebra. Lego uses the paradigm of object oriented programming (OOP) to more closely model the fundamental mathematical structures of all geodetic methods. Once the methods are in OOP form, the commonality across them becomes more obvious and a general architecture for a wide range of geodetic treatments becomes possible. This paper describes the fundamental concepts of this architecture and its advantages in terms of clarity (maintainability, testability and portability and extensibility (observation types, resolution techniques and storage methods). The very first version of Lego was bu...

  14. How Is Building Lego Models Related to Math Skills?

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    Murti, Swiya; Szucs, Denes

    2017-01-01

    Math is usually taught using a lot of words. But, is this the way the human brain learns math? We studied how math is related to memory, intelligence, and reading in 7-year-old children. We found that memory for visual information (things you can see) and spatial information (where things are located in relationship to each other) is related to math skills more than memory for words and verbal information. Interestingly, previous studies have found that building Lego models (construction play...

  15. Lego Bricks and the Octet Rule: Molecular Models for Biochemical Pathways with Plastic, Interlocking Toy Bricks

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    Lin, Henry J.; Lehoang, Jennifer; Kwan, Isabel; Baghaee, Anita; Prasad, Priya; Ha-Chen, Stephanie J.; Moss, Tanesha; Woods, Jeremy D.

    2018-01-01

    The 8 studs on a 2 × 4 Lego brick conveniently represent the outer shell of electrons for carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen atoms. We used Lego bricks to model these atoms, which are then joined together to form molecules by following the Lewis octet rule. A variety of small biological molecules can be modeled in this way, such as most amino acids,…

  16. Using LEGO Blocks for Technology-Mediated Task-Based English Language Learning

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    Gadomska, Agnieszka

    2015-01-01

    LEGO blocks have been played with by generations of children worldwide since the 1950s. It is undeniable that they boost creativity, eye-hand coordination, focus, planning, problem solving and many other skills. LEGO bricks have been also used by educators across the curricula as they are extremely motivating and engaging and, in effect, make…

  17. Platform Performance and Challenges - using Platforms in Lego Company

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    Munk, Lone; Mortensen, Niels Henrik

    2009-01-01

    This article studies the performance and challenges of using nine implemented product platforms in LEGO Company. Most of these do produce results, but do not meet their goals due to challenges in their usage in the daily product. The main challenges are that the platforms are not being used...... needs focus on the incentive of using the platform. This problem lacks attention in literature, as well as industry, where assessment criteria do not cover this aspect. Therefore, we recommend including user incentive in platform assessment criteria to these challenges. Concrete solution elements...

  18. RoboMind. A platform for on-the-fly programming and inspection of behavior-based robot programs

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    Svendsen, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Lego Mindstorms is a popular tool used by universities for educational and demonstrational purposes. Lego Mindstorms is a set of buildable and programmable robotic kits, made by Lego. It allows for a high level of participation from the audience, while being easily programmable. However, for demonstrational and recruitment purposes, it is not without shortcomings. When there is a limited time to talk to people, it is difficult to explain and change a running Lego Mindstorm program. Typically ...

  19. LEGO - tværmediel storytelling og køn

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    Kirkegaard, Amanda; Jensen, Astrid Brok; Lind, Frida Kruse; Bajlum-Busch, Kathrine; Vesterløkke, Theis Obbekær

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates if and how LEGO is making gender specific brands, how they are conceived by children and which relevance gender specific toys can have for the kids' interaktion and gender identity. The first part of the empiricism is based on the two gender specific brands; LEGO Friends and LEGO Ninjago. The second part of the empiricism is ethnographic and consists of six interviews with children (age 5-7) and their parents. The first part of the analysis is a semiotic analysis of...

  20. OPTIMALISASI PENGGUNAAN LEGO DALAM PEMBELAJARAN MATEMATIKA SMP UNTUK MENDUKUNG IMPLEMENTASI KURIKULUM 2013

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    Full Text Available kill about using LEGO in mathematics teaching and learning to mathematics teachers. This conducted into three stages of training and two stages of real teaching. The stages of the training were introducing the use of LEGO in mathematics teaching and learning, designing sets of teaching and learning activities using LEGO as the media, and peer teaching. The real teaching conducted in two stages of three meetings for each stages. Twelve mathematics teachers from five schools of Muhammadiyah in Surakarta were participated in this training. The teachers have technically trained with new experiences using LEGO as media in mathematics learning and have developed five sets of lesson plans for the topics of fractions, sets, proportion, linear equation with one variable, and statistics. The real teaching for the topic of fractions was conducted in two of those five schools. The results indicate the learning activities designed support students understanding and attitude in mathematics.

  1. LEGO Dimensions meets Doctor Who: Transbranding and New Dimensions of Transmedia Storytelling?

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This article explores how the ‘toys-to-life’ videogame LEGO Dimensions (WarnerBros. Interactive Entertainment/Traveller’s Tales/The LEGO Group, 2015 mashes upmany different franchise storyworlds and brands. Specifically, I focus on how DoctorWho (BBC, 1963—, the British TV science fiction series, is licensed and transmediallyengaged with in Dimensions. I consider how the transbranding of LEGO Dimensionsappears to co-opt children’s “transgressive play” (Nørgård and Toft-Nielsen, 2014by combining intellectual properties, but actually continues to operate according tologics of shared corporate ownership where many of the combined storyworlds areultimately owned by Time Warner (placing Dimensions in competition with Disney’sown ‘toys-to-life’ game. Considering what value might accrue to the brand of DoctorWho by participating in LEGO Dimensions, I identify this as a particular example of“What If?” transmedia (Mittell, 2015, arguing that LEGO Dimensions’ Doctor Whonevertheless fluctuates in terms of its brand (inauthenticity. The Starter Pack remainscloser to LEGO Games’/Traveller’s Tales’ established format, subordinating Who, whilstthe separate Level Pack engages more precisely with Doctor Who’s history, albeit stilldisplaying some notable divergences from the TV series (Booth, 2015. Although LEGODimensions challenges influential theories of transmedia storytelling (Jenkins, 2006;Aldred, 2014, its transbranding and child/adult targeting accord with established approachesto transmedia licensing (Santo 2015 and fan-consumer socialization (Kinder1991.

  2. Platform Performance and Challenges - using Platforms in Lego Company

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    Munk, Lone; Mortensen, Niels Henrik

    2009-01-01

    This article studies the performance and challenges of using nine implemented product platforms in LEGO Company. Most of these do produce results, but do not meet their goals due to challenges in their usage in the daily product. The main challenges are that the platforms are not being used...... by the product defining users (product developers) and platform erosion. When the platforms are not used it is due to: unsuitable calculation models, lack of goals, rewards or benefits from management, unattractive tradeoffs and difficulties in understanding the platform. This indicates that platform design...... needs focus on the incentive of using the platform. This problem lacks attention in literature, as well as industry, where assessment criteria do not cover this aspect. Therefore, we recommend including user incentive in platform assessment criteria to these challenges. Concrete solution elements...

  3. Modeling Influenza Antigenic Shift and Drift with LEGO Bricks

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    Boriana Marintcheva

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The concepts of antigenic shift and drift could be found in almost every microbiology and virology syllabus, usually taught in the context of Influenza virus biology. They are central to understanding viral diversity and evolution and have direct application to anti-flu vaccine design and effectiveness. To aid student understanding of the concepts, I have developed an exercise to visualize the mechanistic aspects of antigenic shift and drift using LEGO bricks. This hands-on/minds-on exercise asks students to replicate viruses taking into account the error-prone nature of Influenza RNA polymerase and to package model virions from a host cell infected with two different Influenza strains, while keeping track of the level of diversity of newly propagated viral particles. The exercise can be executed in any type of classroom for about 10 minutes and if desired, extended to emphasize quantitative skills, molecular biology concepts, or to trigger discussion of key issues in vaccine design.

  4. Facilities Management and Value Adding - The LEGO case

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    Jensen, Per Anker; Katchamart, Akarapong

    on a case study of LEGO. Results: The study shows that the management model for FM creates a relevant starting point but also that stakeholder and relationship management is an essential aspect of Value Adding Management. The case study confirms the relevance of the basic concept and provides an important......Purpose: To investigate how Facilities Management (FM) can add value and develop a management concept that can assist facilities managers in implementing value adding strategies and practices. Background: Earlier research has shown an increased focus on added value of FM and a FM Value Map has been...... developed to analyse and demonstrate the different ways FM can add value. However, there is a need to develop management tools that can be used more directly and proactively by facilities managers to implement adding value strategies and practices. Approach: The development of the concept is based...

  5. (Congressional Add) Partnership in Innovative Preparation for Educators and Students (PIPES)

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    robots? Join this workshop where you can combine your interests to build and program a LEGO Mindstorm robot to perform certain tasks on a playing field...Advanced LEGO Robots - Do you have some experience with LEGO Mindstorm robots and want to go bigger with your creations? Join this workshop to...tank. Battle against other tank creations in a contest of strategy and problem solving. LEGO Robots - Do you like LEGOs ? Are you interested in

  6. Race to improve student understanding of uncertainty: Using LEGO race cars in the physics lab

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    Parappilly, Maria; Hassam, Christopher; Woodman, Richard J.

    2018-01-01

    Laboratories using LEGO race cars were developed for students in an introductory physics topic with a high early drop-out rate. In a 2014 pilot study, the labs were offered to improve students' confidence with experiments and laboratory skills, especially uncertainty propagation. This intervention was extended into the intro level physics topic the next year, for comparison and evaluation. Considering the pilot study, we subsequently adapted the delivery of the LEGO labs for a large Engineering Mechanics cohort. A qualitative survey of the students was taken to gain insight into their perception of the incorporation of LEGO race cars into physics labs. For Engineering, the findings show that LEGO physics was instrumental in teaching students the measurement and uncertainty, improving their lab reporting skills, and was a key factor in reducing the early attrition rate. This paper briefly recalls the results of the pilot study, and how variations in the delivery yielded better learning outcomes. A novel method is proposed for how LEGO race cars in a physics lab can help students increase their understanding of uncertainty and motivate them towards physics practicals.

  7. Lego Robots & Autism Spectrum Disorder: a potential partnership?

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    Sandra Costa

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD present difficulties in developing social behaviours, in communicating gestural or verbally, and they may present some repetitive motor activities. The objective of this study was to improve social competences and to enable the transfer of acquired skills of five children with ASD and intellectual disabilities using a low-cost Lego robot as a mediator. The proposed methodology was divided in five phases: Familiarization, Pre-test, Practice, Post-Test and Transfer of Skills. The study ran in two sequential periods at different places. Each of these periods tackled different individual research questions and goals (taking into account the target group. During each period, the proposed methodology had to be adjusted according to the current context. Therefore, different experimental scenarios and corresponding specific goals had to be delineated. Results show that joint attention of the children increased over the sessions; and interaction with the researcher was verified. Furthermore, results show that there was an effective transfer of skills in the addressed case studies. This reinforces conclusions that robots seem, in fact, powerful tools that should be explored concerning this target population. But a more detailed study is required. The proposed methodology can be used by professionals and parents as a complement to common interventions.

  8. Exploring New Firm Creation Out of Brand Communities: The Case of LEGO

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    Hienerth, Christoph; Lettl, Christopher; Biskjaer, Michael Mose

    2011-01-01

    In the field of new product development, brand communities have attracted a great deal of attention from both academics and practitioners as a means of facilitating consumer-producer co-creation processes. In this paper, we extend the line of research on brand communities to the field...... of entrepreneurship studies by examining the conditions under which new firms emerge out of these social networks. Our empirical setting is the global LEGO brand community. As a well-known pioneering firm that is constantly experimenting with new ways of collaborating with its fan and customer base, LEGO recently...... invited lead users to start up new companies under its brand name. In this study, we use an explorative multiple case study design to identify patterns in this new firm creation process. Our findings show that each party derives specific returns in this entrepreneurial process: The LEGO company benefits...

  9. Particle physics brick by brick atomic and subatomic physics explained... in LEGO

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    Still, Ben

    2017-01-01

    Using LEGO (R) blocks to create a uniquely visual and clear depiction of the way our universe is put together. This is the perfect introduction to the enigmatic and fascinating world of Quantum Physics.Our story starts with the Big Bang, and along the way, the constructs and interactions within and among atoms and sub-atomic particles, and the forces that play upon them, are clearly explained, with each LEGO (R) block representing a different atomic or sub-atomic particle. The different colours and size denote what that particle is and its relationship with the other 'building blocks'.Each chapter is presented in digestible chunks, using toy building blocks to illustrate the ideas and experiments that have led to some of the biggest discoveries of the past 150 years.Soon you'll be able to construct every element in the Universe using a box of LEGO (R) and this book!

  10. Innovation management based on proactive engagement of customers: A case study on LEGO Group. Part I: Innovation Management at Lego Group

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    Rusu, G.; Avasilcăi, S.

    2015-11-01

    Customers' proactive engagement in the innovation process represents a business priority for companies which adopt the open innovation business model. In such a context, it is of outmost importance for companies to use the online environment and social media, in order to create an interactive and open dialogue with customers and other important external stakeholders, achieving to gather creative solutions and innovative ideas by involving them in the process of co-creating value. Thus, the current paper is based on a case study approach, which aims to highlight the open innovation business model of the LEGO Group, one of the most successful and active company in engaging customers in submitting ideas and creative solutions for developing new products and new technologies, through online platforms. The study then proceeds to analyze the innovation management at LEGO Group, emphasizing the most important elements regarding the management team, the success and failures, the evolution of the LEGO products focusing on the innovation efforts of the company, its mission, vision, and values, emphasizing the innovation terms which guide the actions and objectives of the LEGO Group. Also, the research based on the case study approach, outlines the most important policies and strategies of the company, the organizational structure consisting of flat structures which facilitate the orientation of the team management on the innovation process and the proactive involvement of consumers and other external stakeholders in product development, highlighting also the most important activities developed by the management team in exploring the new opportunities which may occur on the market, involving customers in sharing their ideas at festivals, participating to discussions of adult fans on web-based platforms and establishing partnerships with the external stakeholders in order to create value. Moreover, the paper is focused on identifying the company's concerns regarding the

  11. How LEGO Built the Foundations and Enterprise Capabilities for Digital Leadership

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    El Sawy, Omar; Henrik, Amsinck; Kræmmergaard, Pernille

    2016-01-01

    We define digital leadership as doing the right things for the strategic success of digitalization for the enterprise and its business ecosystem. Digital leadership means thinking differently about business strategy, business models, the IT function, enterprise platforms, mindsets and skill sets......, and the workplace. Based on the decade-long digitalization journey and experiences of the LEGO Group, this article provides insights on building the foundations for enhancing enterprise capabilities for digital leadership. Leveraging digitalization is one of the LEGO Group’s four strategic priorities...

  12. How LEGO Built the Foundations and Enterprise Capabilities for Digital Leadership

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    El Sawy, Omar; Henrik, Amsinck; Kræmmergaard, Pernille

    2016-01-01

    , and the workplace. Based on the decade-long digitalization journey and experiences of the LEGO Group, this article provides insights on building the foundations for enhancing enterprise capabilities for digital leadership. Leveraging digitalization is one of the LEGO Group’s four strategic priorities......We define digital leadership as doing the right things for the strategic success of digitalization for the enterprise and its business ecosystem. Digital leadership means thinking differently about business strategy, business models, the IT function, enterprise platforms, mindsets and skill sets...

  13. Low-cost diffuse optical tomography for the classroom

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    Minagawa, Taisuke; Zirak, Peyman; Weigel, Udo M.; Kristoffersen, Anna K.; Mateos, Nicolas; Valencia, Alejandra; Durduran, Turgut

    2012-10-01

    Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) is an emerging imaging modality with potential applications in oncology, neurology, and other clinical areas. It allows the non-invasive probing of the tissue function using relatively inexpensive and safe instrumentation. An educational laboratory setup of a DOT system could be used to demonstrate how photons propagate through tissues, basics of medical tomography, and the concepts of multiple scattering and absorption. Here, we report a DOT setup that could be introduced to the advanced undergraduate or early graduate curriculum using inexpensive and readily available tools. The basis of the system is the LEGO Mindstorms NXT platform which controls the light sources, the detectors (photo-diodes), a mechanical 2D scanning platform, and the data acquisition. A basic tomographic reconstruction is implemented in standard numerical software, and 3D images are reconstructed. The concept was tested and developed in an educational environment that involved a high-school student and a group of post-doctoral fellows.

  14. PEMBAGIAN TUGAS DALAM KOLONI ROBOT OTONOM BERGERAK PADA STUDI KASUS PEMBENTUKAN POLA FORMASI SECARA GRADUAL

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    Full Text Available Pada penelitian ini dilakukan suatu eksperimen pembentukan formasi pola dengan menggunakan Robot LEGO Mindstorms NXT. Pembentukan pola ini dilakukan secara bertahap dimulai dari pembentukan formasi pola yang lebih sederhana menuju kepada formasi pola yang lebih kompleks. Dalam penelitian ini, diterapkan konsep pembedaan peranan dalam pembentukan formasi pola poligon. Konsep pembedaan peranan ini diterapkan dengan menggunakan persamaan periodik. Selain itu, persamaan pembedaan peranan dibuat dengan fitur terbebas dari kondisi awal dari nilai variabel pembeda. Pembentukan formasi pola pada penelitian ini dilakukan dalam 3 tahapan, yaitu tahap penerapan persamaan, tahap penerapan robot simulasi, dan tahap penerapan perangkat robot. Pembentukan formasi pola yang dilakukan pada penelitian ini ada tiga macam, yaitu pembentukan formasi pola segitiga, pembentukan formasi pola segiempat / jajaran genjang, dan pembentukan formasi pola segilima.

  15. THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM OF ROBOTICS OBJECTS

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the architecture for the universal remote control system of robotics objects over the Internet global network. Control objects are assumed to be located at a considerable distance from a reference device or end-users. An overview of studies on the subject matter of remote control of technical objects is given. A structure chart of the architecture demonstrating the system usage in practice is suggested. Server software is considered that makes it possible to work with technical objects connected to the server as with a serial port and organize a stable tunnel connection between the controlled object and the end-user. The proposed architecture has been successfully tested on mobile robots Parallax Boe-Bot and Lego Mindstorms NXT. Experimental data about values of time delays are given demonstrating the effectiveness of the considered architecture.

  16. Calling all LEGO lovers! Add a mini control room to your collection

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    Katarina Anthony

    2015-01-01

    The mini LHC Lego project launched in March (see here) now has almost 6,000 supporters - well on its way to the 10,000 votes needed for it to (hopefully!) hit store shelves. This week, the project added a new feature to its line: a mini control centre! The new LEGO Control centre, featuring operators "Kerstin" and "Marco".   The mini LHC project is the brainchild of ATLAS PhD student Nathan Readioff, who designed Lego replicas of the LHC and the ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experiments on a micro scale. Each detector model is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but crammed with detailed internal systems revealed by cutaway walls. Every major detector component is represented by a Lego piece. Now, Nathan has created a control centre to complement the mini LHC project. This would be an add-on feature for Lego’s consideration, should they decide to develop the accelerator into a box set. “The control centre is ...

  17. Improving the Teaching of Discrete-Event Control Systems Using a LEGO Manufacturing Prototype

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    Sanchez, A.; Bucio, J.

    2012-01-01

    This paper discusses the usefulness of employing LEGO as a teaching-learning aid in a post-graduate-level first course on the control of discrete-event systems (DESs). The final assignment of the course is presented, which asks students to design and implement a modular hierarchical discrete-event supervisor for the coordination layer of a…

  18. Long-Term Outcome of Social Skills Intervention Based on Interactive LEGO[C] Play

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    Legoff, Daniel B.; Sherman, Michael

    2006-01-01

    LEGO[C] building materials have been adapted as a therapeutic modality for increasing motivation to participate in social skills intervention, and providing a medium through which children with social and communication handicaps can effectively interact. A 3 year retrospective study of long-term outcome for autistic spectrum children participating…

  19. Gaps in monitoring systems for Implanon NXT services in South Africa: An assessment of 12 facilities in two districts

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    Pillay, D; Morroni, C; Pleaner, M; Adeogba, O; Chersich, M; Naidoo, N; Mullick, S; Rees, H

    2017-10-01

    Background. Implanon NXT, a long-acting subdermal contraceptive implant, was introduced in South Africa (SA) in early 2014 as part of an expanded contraceptive method mix. After initial high levels of uptake, reports emerged of frequent early removals and declines in use. Monitoring of progress and challenges in implant service delivery could identify aspects of the programme that require strengthening. Objectives. To assess data management and record keeping within implant services at primary care facilities. Methods. We developed a checklist to assess the tools used for monitoring implant services and data reporting to district offices. The checklist was piloted in seven facilities. An additional six high-volume and six low-volume implant insertion clinics in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), Gauteng Province, and the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District, North West Province, were selected for assessment. Results. All 12 facilities completed a Daily Head Count Register, which tallied the number of clients attending the clinic, but not information about implant use. A more detailed Tick Register recorded services that clinic attendees received, with nine documenting number of implant insertions and six implant removals. A more specific tool, an Insertion Checklist, collected data on insertion procedures and client characteristics, but was only used in CoJ (five of six facilities). Other registers, which were developed de novo by staff at individual facilities, captured more detailed information about insertions and removals, including reasons. Five of six low-volume insertion facilities used these registers, but only three of six high-volume facilities. No facilities used the form specifically developed by the National Department of Health for implant pharmacovigilance. Nine of 12 clinics reported data on numbers of insertions to the district office, six reported removals and none provided data on reasons for removals. Conclusion. For data to inform effective decision

  20. Gaps in monitoring systems for Implanon NXT services in South Africa: An assessment of 12 facilities in two districts

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    D Pillay

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Background. Implanon NXT, a long-acting subdermal contraceptive implant, was introduced in South Africa (SA in early 2014 as part of an expanded contraceptive method mix. After initial high levels of uptake, reports emerged of frequent early removals and declines in use. Monitoring of progress and challenges in implant service delivery could identify aspects of the programme that require strengthening. Objectives. To assess data management and record keeping within implant services at primary care facilities. Methods. We developed a checklist to assess the tools used for monitoring implant services and data reporting to district offices. The checklist was piloted in seven facilities. An additional six high-volume and six low-volume implant insertion clinics in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ, Gauteng Province, and the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District, North West Province, were selected for assessment. Results. All 12 facilities completed a Daily Head Count Register, which tallied the number of clients attending the clinic, but not information about implant use. A more detailed Tick Register recorded services that clinic attendees received, with nine documenting number of implant insertions and six implant removals. A more specific tool, an Insertion Checklist, collected data on insertion procedures and client characteristics, but was only used in CoJ (five of six facilities. Other registers, which were developed de novo by staff at individual facilities, captured more detailed information about insertions and removals, including reasons. Five of six low-volume insertion facilities used these registers, but only three of six high-volume facilities. No facilities used the form specifically developed by the National Department of Health for implant pharmacovigilance. Nine of 12 clinics reported data on numbers of insertions to the district office, six reported removals and none provided data on reasons for removals. Conclusion. For data to inform effective

  1. LEGO-based Robotics in Higher Education: 15 Years of Student Creativity

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    Ethan Danahy

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Our goal in this article is to reflect on the role LEGO robotics has played in college engineering education over the last 15 years, starting with the introduction of the RCX in 1998 and ending with the introduction of the EV3 in 2013. By combining a modular computer programming language with a modular building platform, LEGO Education has allowed students (of all ages to become active leaders in their own education as they build everything from animals for a robotic zoo to robots that play children's games. Most importantly, it allows all students to develop different solutions to the same problem to provide a learning community. We look first at how the recent developments in the learning sciences can help in promoting student learning in robotics. We then share four case studies of successful college-level implementations that build on these developments.

  2. The Impact of Lean Thinking on Workforce Motivation: A Success Factor at LEGO Manufacturing Ltd.

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    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Several enterprises have tried to introduce the lean approach in order to enhance competitiveness. However, the only successful ones were the companies which understood that lean is not only about methods and tools, but the people using them: employees. The only way an enterprise can become a lean organisation is if all of its members deeply identify with the organisation’s principles, which is then manifested in all decisions and actions of the organisation. The aim of this study is to present the practical use of the lean approach in the Nyíregyháza plant of LEGO. Based on the questionnaire results and our observations, we present the current situation of LEGO in accordance with the same points and compare it to an ideal situation. We then make improvement recommendations in all cases when negative changes were observed.

  3. The impact of POS materials on sales: LEGO Nexo Knights 2016 campaign in toy specialist stores

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    2016-01-01

    In today's highly competitive and cluttered marketing environment it becomes increasingly harder for brands to differentiate themselves form others. This is especially pronounced in the retail space. Shopper marketing is a discipline that focuses on shoppers and their needs to create a unique shopping experience and thereby increase in-store communication effectiveness. Keeping in mind the challenges of marketing to children, LEGO aims to communicate to its shoppers as well as consumers throu...

  4. Building a Gravitational Analogy of Electric Circuits Using LEGOs®

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    Butler, James J.; Townsend, E. A.

    2006-12-01

    One of the most powerful techniques that physicists have at their disposal is the ability to make analogies between different physical systems that share common characteristics. Physicists often use their familiarity with a phenomenon in one system to understand a similar phenomenon in an apparently unrelated system. They draw analogies, find commonalities, and examine how the principles that govern each system give rise to similar (or different) behaviors. This is one of the abilities that we want to instill in our students. Introductory physics students often find the concepts of potential difference, current, and resistance particularly challenging. This difficulty is compounded in the analysis of complicated electric circuits that involve combinations of series and parallel resistors. In order to help our students build a conceptual understanding of these systems, we have developed LEGO building exercises that expand on the well-known analogy between gravitational potential energy in mechanical systems and electrical potential energy in circuits. In this analogy a closed circuit is represented by a closed path made of LEGOs. The potential difference across a battery is represented by a sudden change in the height of the path, electrical resistors are represented by ramps with appropriate lengths and slopes, and electrical current is visualized as balls rolling along the path. These exercises are used in both the laboratory and the classroom. Students are required to build LEGO models along with the corresponding electric circuits and explain the analogies between the components of each.

  5. Build Your Own Particle Detector. Education and outreach through ATLAS LEGO models and events

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    2016-01-01

    To support the outreach activities of ATLAS institutes and to grasp people’s attention in science exhibitions and during public events, a very detailed model of the experiment built entirely out of LEGO bricks as well as an outreach programme using LEGO bricks to get people to think about particle detectors and involve them into a conversation about particle physics in general have been created. A large LEGO model, consisting of about 9500 pieces, has been exported to more than 55 ATLAS institutes and has been used in numerous exhibitions to explain the proportion and composition of the experiment to the public. As part of the Build Your Own Particle Detector programme (byopd.org) more than 15 events have been conducted, either involving a competition to design and build the best particle detector from a random pile of pieces or to take part in the construction of one of the large models, as part of a full day outreach event. Recently, miniature models of all four main LHC experiments, that will be used at ...

  6. PENERAPAN LEGO BRICKS DALAM PEMBELAJARAN SEBAGAI STRATEGI UNTUK MENINGKATKAN KECERDASAN MATEMATIS SISWA DALAM MENGHITUNG BILANGAN BERPANGKAT

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    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui hasil pembelajaran dan mendeskripsikan kecerdasan matematis siswa dalam menghitung bilangan berpangkat setelah menggunakan lego bricks pada siswa kelas III Tahassus MIS Ta’allamul Huda. Penelitian ini menggunakan Penelitian Tindakan Kelas ini dengan model pembelajaran Cooperative Learning. Subjek penelitian adalah siswa kelas III ahassus MIS a’allamul Huda yang berjumlah 24 siswa. Data dikumpulkan melalui observasi dan wawancara, selanjutnya dianalisis secara kualitatif. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa keberhasilan penerapan lego bricks pada perhitungan bilangan berpangkat meningkat pada setiap siklusnya. Pada tahap Pra Siklus, hanya 40% siswa yang lulus dalam mengerjakan soal-soal dari bilangan berpangkat, kemudian pada Siklus I berdasarkan hasil observasi didapatkan kenaikan yang signifikan yaitu 80% siswa yang lulus dalam mengerjakan soal mengenai bilangan berpangkat. Masih ada 20% siswa yang masih kesulitan dalam mengerjakan soal tersebut. Selanjutnya setelah dilakukan perbaikan, pada Siklus II didapat kenaikan yang luar biasa yaitu seluruh kelompok siswa lulus dalam mengerjakan soal mengenai bilangan berpangkat. Hal tersebut dibuktikan kembali melalui hasil post test pada tahap Pasca Siklus dimana nilai seluruh siswa berada diatas kriteria ketuntasan minimum, yaitu 85-100 sehingga penerapan lego bricks untuk meningkatkan kecerdasan matematis siswa dalam menghitung bilangan berpangkat dikatakan berhasil.

  7. Equipment Proposal for the Autonomous Vehicle Systems Laboratory at UIW

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    testing, 5) 38 Lego Mindstorm EV3 and Hitechnic Sensors for use in feedback control and autonomous systems for STEM undergraduate and High School...autonomous robots using the Lego Mindstorm EV3. This robotics workshop will be used as a pilot study for next summer when more High School students

  8. LEGO[R] Therapy and the Social Use of Language Programme: An Evaluation of Two Social Skills Interventions for Children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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    Owens, Gina; Granader, Yael; Humphrey, Ayla; Baron-Cohen, Simon

    2008-01-01

    LEGO[R] therapy and the Social Use of Language Programme (SULP) were evaluated as social skills interventions for 6-11 year olds with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. Children were matched on CA, IQ, and autistic symptoms before being randomly assigned to LEGO or SULP. Therapy occurred for 1 h/week over 18 weeks. A no-intervention…

  9. Innovation management based on proactive engagement of customers: A case study on LEGO Group. Part II: Challenge of engaging the digital customer

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    Avasilcăi, S.; Rusu, G.

    2015-11-01

    To foster the development of innovative products and new technologies, nowadays companies use an open innovation system, encouraging stakeholders to contribute, using the companies’ online platforms for open innovation or social media, bringing and sharing creative solutions and ideas in order to respond to challenging needs the company directly expresses. Accordingly, the current research continues the analysis of the LEGO Group innovation efforts, aiming to provide a case study approach based on describing the most important projects and online instruments company uses to interact with customers and other external stakeholders. Thus, by analysing the experience of the company in developing projects of involving stakeholders in the innovation processes, the article emphasizes the objective of these past projects developed by LEGO Group, outlining their objectives regarding the focus on the product or process innovation, the team management and stakeholders involved in the innovation actions and the results they obtained. Moreover, the case study highlights the features of the most important online instruments LEGO Group uses at the moment for engaging LEGO fans, children, parents, and other external stakeholders in developing new LEGO sets. Thus, LEGO online instruments provide the opportunity for customers to be creative and to respond to LEGO management team challenges. Accordingly, LEGO involve customers in bringing innovative ideas for LEGO sets through LEGO Ideas instrument, which aims to engage customers in submitting projects, voting and supporting ideas and also sharing them on social media. Also, the research emphasizes the role of supporting the open dialogue and interaction with customers and other external stakeholders through LEGO.com Create & Share Galleries instrument, using their creativity to upload innovative models in the public galleries. The continuous challenges LEGO launches for their fans create a long-term connection between company and

  10. Modelamiento y programación de un juego de legos en un entorno de brealidad virtual

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    Arboleda, Freddy; Laica, Ricardo; Loor, Magdalena; García, Sixto

    2010-01-01

    This project seeks by the use of the techniques of Virtual Reality to create a virtual world of a traditional game of Lego blocks, in order to check the applicability of the concepts learned throughout the topic. The present abstract specifies the general ideas on the modeling, design and implementation of an application of Virtual Reality of Lego blocks. First, we focus in the creation of the 3D objects and scenes, which are going to constitute the virtual environment. Later, we are going t...

  11. Perancangan Interior Lego House Sebagai Pusat Edukasi Dan Retail Di Surabaya

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    2016-01-01

    Education is the most important things for children. Education can be applied in various ways such as learning by playing with educational toys. Currently, there are only a few play area for children at the mall, so it is necessary to create one area that can comply the problems. Some of the existing play areas in Surabaya, especially in malls, still don't have an educational value in it. It is necessary to have an educational value in a play area for children. Lego is one of an educative toy...

  12. 3D printed Lego®-like modular microfluidic devices based on capillary driving.

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    Nie, Jing; Gao, Qing; Qiu, Jing-Jiang; Sun, Miao; Liu, An; Shao, Lei; Fu, Jian-Zhong; Zhao, Peng; He, Yong

    2018-03-12

    The field of how to rapidly assemble microfluidics with modular components continuously attracts researchers' attention, however, extra efforts must be devoted to solving the problems of leaking and aligning between individual modules. This paper presents a novel type of modular microfluidic device, driven by capillary force. There is no necessity for a strict seal or special alignment, and its open structures make it easy to integrate various stents and reactants. The key rationale for this method is to print different functional modules with a low-cost three-dimensional (3D) printer, then fill the channels with capillary materials and assemble them with plugs like Lego ® bricks. This rapidly reconstructed modular microfluidic device consists of a variety of common functional modules and other personalized modules, each module having a unified standard interface for easy assembly. As it can be printed by a desktop 3D printer, the manufacturing process is simple and efficient, with controllable regulation of the flow channel scale. Through diverse combinations of different modules, a variety of different functions can be achieved, without duplicating the manufacturing process. A single module can also be taken out for testing and analysis. What's more, combined with basic circuit components, it can serve as a low-cost Lego ® -like modular microfluidic circuits. As a proof of concept, the modular microfluidic device has been successfully demonstrated and used for stent degradation and cell cultures, revealing the potential use of this method in both chemical and biological research.

  13. Culture’s building blocks: investigating cultural evolution in a LEGO construction task

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    McGraw, John J.; Wallot, Sebastian; Mitkidis, Panagiotis; Roepstorff, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    One of the most essential but theoretically vexing issues regarding the notion of culture is that of cultural evolution and transmission: how a group’s accumulated solutions to invariant challenges develop and persevere over time. But at the moment, the notion of applying evolutionary theory to culture remains little more than a suggestive trope. Whereas the modern synthesis of evolutionary theory has provided an encompassing scientific framework for the selection and transmission of biological adaptations, a convincing theory of cultural evolution has yet to emerge. One of the greatest challenges for theorists is identifying the appropriate time scales and units of analysis in order to reduce the intractably large and complex phenomenon of “culture” into its component “building blocks.” In this paper, we present a model for scientifically investigating cultural processes by analyzing the ways people develop conventions in a series of LEGO construction tasks. The data revealed a surprising pattern in the selection of building bricks as well as features of car design across consecutive building sessions. Our findings support a novel methodology for studying the development and transmission of culture through the microcosm of interactive LEGO design and assembly. PMID:25309482

  14. High School Students' Views on the PBL Activities Supported via Flipped Classroom and LEGO Practices

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    Cukurbasi, Baris; Kiyici, Mubin

    2018-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the high school students' views on instructions based on Flipped Classroom Model (FC) and LEGO applications. The case study, which is one of the qualitative research methods, was used within the scope of the study, the duration of which was 7 weeks. In order to choose the research group of the study,…

  15. Highly Manufacturable Deep (Sub-Millimeter) Etching Enabled High Aspect Ratio Complex Geometry Lego-Like Silicon Electronics

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    2017-02-01

    A highly manufacturable deep reactive ion etching based process involving a hybrid soft/hard mask process technology shows high aspect ratio complex geometry Lego-like silicon electronics formation enabling free-form (physically flexible, stretchable, and reconfigurable) electronic systems.

  16. The Effect of LEGO Training on Pupils' School Performance in Mathematics, Problem Solving Ability and Attitude: Swedish Data

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    Hussain, Shakir; Lindh, Jorgen; Shukur, Ghazi

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of one year of regular "LEGO" training on pupils' performances in schools. The underlying pedagogical perspective is the constructivist theory, where the main idea is that knowledge is constructed in the mind of the pupil by active learning. The investigation has been made in two…

  17. A Simple, Small-Scale Lego Colorimeter with a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Used as Detector

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    Asheim, Jonas; Kvittingen, Eivind V.; Kvittingen, Lise; Verley, Richard

    2014-01-01

    This article describes how to construct a simple, inexpensive, and robust colorimeter from a few Lego bricks, in which one light-emitting diode (LED) is used as a light source and a second LED as a light detector. The colorimeter is suited to various grades and curricula.

  18. LEGO-MM: LEarning structured model by probabilistic loGic Ontology tree for MultiMedia.

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    Tang, Jinhui; Chang, Shiyu; Qi, Guo-Jun; Tian, Qi; Rui, Yong; Huang, Thomas S

    2016-09-22

    Recent advances in Multimedia ontology have resulted in a number of concept models, e.g., LSCOM and Mediamill 101, which are accessible and public to other researchers. However, most current research effort still focuses on building new concepts from scratch, very few work explores the appropriate method to construct new concepts upon the existing models already in the warehouse. To address this issue, we propose a new framework in this paper, termed LEGO1-MM, which can seamlessly integrate both the new target training examples and the existing primitive concept models to infer the more complex concept models. LEGOMM treats the primitive concept models as the lego toy to potentially construct an unlimited vocabulary of new concepts. Specifically, we first formulate the logic operations to be the lego connectors to combine existing concept models hierarchically in probabilistic logic ontology trees. Then, we incorporate new target training information simultaneously to efficiently disambiguate the underlying logic tree and correct the error propagation. Extensive experiments are conducted on a large vehicle domain data set from ImageNet. The results demonstrate that LEGO-MM has significantly superior performance over existing state-of-the-art methods, which build new concept models from scratch.

  19. Examining Students' Proportional Reasoning Strategy Levels as Evidence of the Impact of an Integrated LEGO Robotics and Mathematics Learning Experience

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    Martínez Ortiz, Araceli

    2015-01-01

    The presented study used a problem-solving experience in engineering design with LEGO robotics materials as the real-world mathematics-learning context. The goals of the study were (a) to determine if a short but intensive extracurricular learning experience would lead to significant student learning of a particular academic topic and (b) to…

  20. Artificial Intelligence for Constructing Accurate, Low-Cost Models and

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    2005-01-01

    models are a virtual representation of a robotic car constructed from the LegoMindStorms ® Robotics Invention System. The baseline vehicle is shown in...sampled using a Lego ® RCX computer coupled with a high accuracy voltage measuring interface from Lego Dacta®. Data were captured using LabVIEW® Software... Lego ® RCX computer coupled with a high accuracy voltage measuring interface from Lego Dacta®. Data were captured using LabVIEW® Software from

  1. Integrated learning of mathematics, science and technology concepts through LEGO/Logo projects

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    Wu, Lina

    This dissertation examined integrated learning in the domains of mathematics, science and technology based on Piaget's constructivism, Papert's constructionism, and project-based approach to education. Ten fifth grade students were involved in a two-month long after school program where they designed and built their own computer-controlled LEGO/Logo projects that required the use of gears, ratios and motion concepts. The design of this study centered on three notions of integrated learning: (1) integration in terms of what educational materials/settings provide, (2) integration in terms of students' use of those materials, and (3) integration in the psychological sense. In terms of the first notion, the results generally showed that the LEGO/Logo environment supported the integrated learning of math, science and technology concepts. Regarding the second notion, the students all completed impressive projects of their own design. They successfully combined gears, motors, and LEGO parts together to create motion and writing control commands to manipulate the motion. But contrary to my initial expectations, their successful designs did not require numerical reasoning about ratios in designing effective gear systems. When they did reason about gear relationships, they worked with "qualitative" ratios, e.g., "a larger driver gear with a smaller driven gear increases the speed." In terms of the third notion of integrated learning, there was evidence in all four case study students of the psychological processes involved in linking mathematical, scientific, and/or technological concepts together to achieve new conceptual units. The students not only made connections between ideas and experiences, but also recognized decisive patterns and relationships in their project work. The students with stronger overall project performances showed more evidence of synthesis than the students with relatively weaker performances did. The findings support the conclusion that all three

  2. Expressivity in Open-ended Constructive Play: Building and Playing Musical Lego Instruments

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    Jakobsen, Kasper; Stougaard, Jeppe; Petersen, Marianne Graves

    2016-01-01

    and performed with their instruments on stage. The workshop was facilitated by a tangible music-making platform called Hitmachine, aiming to empower children to collectively make expressive music without the need for prior musical skills. The findings show how age influenced the children’s expressivity......This paper presents the findings from a case study in designing for open-ended constructive play for children. The study is based on a workshop where more that 150 children in ages 3-13 built and played their own musical instruments from Lego. The children used different sensors for playing......, and gives insight into the open-ended qualities of constructive play with music. Based on these findings we propose the Constructive Play Expressivity Model, as a tool for guiding designers’ way of thinking about different areas of expressivity, when designing for constructive play interaction....

  3. Glocalized Production - A Holistic Approach for Future Manufacturing at The LEGO Group

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    Hadar, Ronen

    2014-01-01

    of consumer goods on a mass scale. This research sought to investigate the effect of the decentralized and local supply chain structure, based on RM and RMS technologies, using The LEGO Group (TLG) as a case study. A comparison between TLG’s current supply chain structure and the proposed glocalized structure...... in this research – Glocalized Production. Glocalization, a term originally coined in marketing literature but extended to production in this research, represents a global network of local decentralized supply chains. In other words, Glocalized Production advocates the elimination of material flow between...... facilities, the establishment of production close to main markets, and the creation of a global network of independent factories and supply chains with local manufacturing. Doing so will potentially increase responsiveness, cut transportation costs, reduce complexity, enable production to demand rather than...

  4. Collective Value Creation and Empowerment in an Online Brand Community: A Netnographic Study on LEGO Builders

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    Pekka Tuominen

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Online communities are becoming “places” of belonging, information, and emotional support that people cannot do without. These social groups have a real existence for their participants, and thus have consequential effects on many aspects of behaviour. This article examines collective value creation and empowerment in an online brand community. It presents the main features of an online brand community, the process of value co-creation, and motivators for participating in online brand communities. These key factors jointly characterize collective value creation and empowerment. This netnographic study focuses on an online brand community called BrickBuilders, which is a meeting place for LEGO builders in Finland. BrickBuilders’ members feel a sense of belonging, they share similar motivations, and they create value together.

  5. ESTUDIO Y MODELADO DE UN BRAZO ROBÓTICO LEGO DE TRES GRADOS DE LIBERTAD

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    JAIME ALBERTO GUZMÁN

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta el estudio y modelado de un brazo robótico lego de tres grados de libertad en asocio con sus respectivos modelos de su cinemática directa e inversa junto con una aproximación al análisis dinámico para la generación de trayectorias de este robot. Las ecuaciones que rigen el movimiento son deducidas de los modelos matemáticos propios a las cadenas cinemáticas y son implementadas en el lenguaje de programación Java y ejecutadas por el robot a través de la extensión Java -LeJOS.

  6. Sistema de automatización basado en LEGO EV3- : diseño y construcción de sensores y actuadores compatibles con LEGO EV3

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    Fernández Herrero, Iván

    2017-01-01

    El objetivo de este TFE es: - Conocer las características técnicas y requisitos de desarrollo de sensores y actuadores compatibles con un producto comercial. - Desarrollo y programación de prototipos de sensores y actuadores de bajo coste compatibles con Lego EV3. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Industrial Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

  7. Performing LEGO

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    von Wallpach, Sylvia; Hemetsberger, Andrea; Espersen, Peter

    2016-01-01

    We study the interactive narratives that underpin the emergence of corporate brand identity in new venture SMEs. We apply a process perspective that considers the complex interactions between layers of identities and sense-making in and around the organisation in the stakeholder eco-system. We...... propose a typology of brand identity drivers that reflects a co-creative approach to the emergence of brand identity....

  8. Modelamiento y programación de un juego de legos en un entorno de realidad virtual

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    Arboleda, Freddy; Laica, Ricardo; Loor, Magdalena; García, Sixto

    2011-01-01

    This project seeks by the use of the techn Lego blocks, in order to check the applicability of the concepts learned throughout the topic specifies the general ideas on the model blocks. First, we focus in the creation of the 3D objects and scenes, which are going to constitute the virtual environment. Later, we are going to detail the different positioning and control algorithms created to help us in the precision and the logic en the movements of the virtu and disadvantages...

  9. Scaling of differentiation in networks: nervous systems, organisms, ant colonies, ecosystems, businesses, universities, cities, electronic circuits, and Legos.

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    Changizi, M A; McDannald, M A; Widders, D

    2002-09-21

    Nodes in networks are often of different types, and in this sense networks are differentiated. Here we examine the relationship between network differentiation and network size in networks under economic or natural selective pressure, such as electronic circuits (networks of electronic components), Legos (networks of Lego pieces), businesses (networks of employees), universities (networks of faculty), organisms (networks of cells), ant colonies (networks of ants), and nervous systems (networks of neurons). For each of these we find that (i) differentiation increases with network size, and (ii) the relationship is consistent with a power law. These results are explained by a hypothesis that, because nodes are costly to build and maintain in such "selected networks", network size is optimized, and from this the power-law relationship may be derived. The scaling exponent depends on the particular kind of network, and is determined by the degree to which nodes are used in a combinatorial fashion to carry out network-level functions. We find that networks under natural selection (organisms, ant colonies, and nervous systems) have much higher combinatorial abilities than the networks for which human ingenuity is involved (electronic circuits, Legos, businesses, and universities). A distinct but related optimization hypothesis may be used to explain scaling of differentiation in competitive networks (networks where the nodes themselves, rather than the entire network, are under selective pressure) such as ecosystems (networks of organisms).

  10. Another brick in the whole: estrategias de adaptación, remediación y transmediación en LEGO Batman: La Película

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    Sergio ALBALADEJO-ORTEGA

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available El estreno en 2014 de La Lego Película (The Lego Movie, Phil Lord y Chris Miller supuso un importante hito en la historia de la empresa danesa LEGO, erigiendo el filme como pieza clave de la estrategia transmediática que empezaba a tomar forma en el ámbito cinematográfico. Aquel filme, en el que el personaje de Batman gozaba de un especial protagonismo, ha dado paso a un particular spin-off que, bajo el título LEGO Batman: La Película (The LEGO Batman Movie, Chris McKay, 2017, repite algunas de las fórmulas puestas en práctica en La Lego Película e introduce otras nuevas de igual o mayor interés desde un punto de vista intertextual. Este artículo se aproxima al largometraje del superhéroe de DC Comics atendiendo a las particulares estrategias de adaptación, remediación y transmediación que lleva a cabo. A través del análisis de los componentes narrativos que constituyen la propuesta del filme, así como de su puesta en relación con los presentes en los textos impresos, audiovisuales y videolúdicos pertenecientes a la franquicia LEGO Batman, se estudian las distintas estrategias que posibilitan la interconexión entre ellos y moldean el ‘macrorrelato’ (Scolari, 2009 que, de manera paradigmática, toma forma en la narrativa transmediática resultante.

  11. Fictions industrielles et apprentissage du temps : les jeux LEGO Bionicles

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    Irène Langlet

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Il y a un paradoxe LEGO : venue tard aux nouveaux jouets médiatiques et numériques, la firme danoise a pourtant lancé l’un des phénomènes les plus exemplaires des années 2000 : la gamme Bionicle, qui mêle figurines, jeux de construction, fictions populaires multi-supports (imprimé, télévision, jeux vidéo, CD-Rom, cinéma, communautés de joueurs sur internet, univers partagé, et tous les produits non ludiques dérivés. Une description fine de la gamme Bionicle fait apparaître d’emblée, non seulement son adéquation étroite aux problématiques de porosité intermédiatique et d’exploitation de la fiction, mais son innovation majeure, étroitement liée à la nature des produits de la firme LEGO. Dans un processus de « médiatisation », la gamme accomplit, après la généralisation de séries thématiques favorisant l’imaginaire, le passage de LEGO à la narrativisation. On montrera en quoi l’introduction du narratif dans cette gamme a répondu à cet objectif-maître de l’industrie des biens de consommation en régime médiatique : consommer du média, c’est encore jouer au jeu-noyau. Mais on verra aussi en quoi ce cadre narratif peut suggérer des analyses qui vont au-delà de la théorie du marketing ou de la didactique du jouet, et qui ont trait aux usages contemporains de la fiction et à la psychologie du développement en matière de maîtrise de la temporalité.

  12. Lego Serious Play: hacia la permeabilidad del pensamiento crítico

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    Miriam Peña-Zabala

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN. La presente investigación indaga sobre la importancia de relacionar la enseñanza-aprendizaje con el acto de reflexionar. La hipótesis parte de la creencia de que reflexionar favorece el desarrollo del pensamiento crítico en el alumnado, y así, la comprensión y asimilación de las prácticas educativas vinculadas al arte contemporáneo en la formación inicial de profesorado. MÉTODO. Una vez definidas las preguntas de investigación, se ha optado por el método Lego Serious Play (LSP para llevar a cabo una sesión en la que se dialoga en torno a prácticas artísticas desarrolladas en el aula. Este método analiza la idea del juego simbólico como constructor de conocimiento y, por tanto, como una posible herramienta canalizadora hacia el pensamiento reflexivo. RESULTADOS. Los relatos extraídos han permitido ver resultados significativos que posibilitan mediar entre las prácticas artísticas desarrolladas y experiencias de vida, demostrando el uso de LSP para dicho cometido. DISCUSIÓN. Se pone en valor la diversidad y versatilidad que ofrece el acto de reflexionar, lo cual supone una vía significativa hacia el pensamiento crítico. También se subraya la idea de rescatar el juego como una herramienta eficaz en la educación adulta.

  13. Investigating the Impact of a LEGO(TM)-Based, Engineering-Oriented Curriculum Compared to an Inquiry-Based Curriculum on Fifth Graders' Content Learning of Simple Machines

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    Marulcu, Ismail

    2010-01-01

    This mixed method study examined the impact of a LEGO-based, engineering-oriented curriculum compared to an inquiry-based curriculum on fifth graders' content learning of simple machines. This study takes a social constructivist theoretical stance that science learning involves learning scientific concepts and their relations to each other. From…

  14. ¿Pueden las ovejas pastar seguras? Una mirada reflexiva sobre la separación entre conocimiento experto - conocimiento lego

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    Brian Wynne

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available En el artículo se presenta una visión crítica del modelo propuesto por Giddens y Beck en de la relación entre el conocimiento lego y el conocimiento experto y la dimensión calculativa del riesgo, explorando una comprensión hermenéutico / cultural. En el texto se pone en cuestión el concepto mismo de sociedad del riesgo con su comprensión de la modernización reflexiva, como forma característica de relación con el conocimiento y los sistemas expertos en la modernidad tardía en contraste con una aceptación acrítica que sería propia de la modernidad simple. Se destaca la dimensión hermenéutica interpretativa que tiene no sólo el conocimiento lego, sino también el conocimiento experto. Se discuten también cuestiones relativas a la confianza de los legos en relación con el conocimiento experto y se plantea cómo la falta de crítica abierta a los sistemas expertos no puede interpretarse como signo de confianza o de falta de reflexividad, como lo supone la distinción entre modernidad simple y modernidad reflexiva. PALABRASCLAVES. Conocimiento lego, conocimiento experto, sociedad del riesgo, modernidad reflexiva.

  15. Improving Collaborative Play between Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Siblings: The Effectiveness of a Robot-Mediated Intervention Based on Lego® Therapy

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    Huskens, Bibi; Palmen, Annemiek; Van der Werff, Marije; Lourens, Tino; Barakova, Emilia

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of a brief robot-mediated intervention based on Lego® therapy on improving collaborative behaviors (i.e., interaction initiations, responses, and play together) between children with ASD and their siblings during play sessions, in a therapeutic setting. A concurrent multiple baseline design…

  16. Проектная деятельность в обучении робототехнике в школе

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    Софронова Наталия Викторовна

    2015-01-01

    автор отмечает проекты как наиболее эффективную форму организации исследовательской деятельности учащихся. В данной статье описан опыт обучения студентов – будущих учителей информатики, организации проектной деятельности учащихся в школе при обучении робототехнике на основе использования комплектов Mindstorms NXT 2.0 и LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3....

  17. Low cost 3D scanning process using digital image processing

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    Aguilar, David; Romero, Carlos; Martínez, Fernando

    2017-02-01

    This paper shows the design and building of a low cost 3D scanner, able to digitize solid objects through contactless data acquisition, using active object reflection. 3D scanners are used in different applications such as: science, engineering, entertainment, etc; these are classified in: contact scanners and contactless ones, where the last ones are often the most used but they are expensive. This low-cost prototype is done through a vertical scanning of the object using a fixed camera and a mobile horizontal laser light, which is deformed depending on the 3-dimensional surface of the solid. Using digital image processing an analysis of the deformation detected by the camera was done; it allows determining the 3D coordinates using triangulation. The obtained information is processed by a Matlab script, which gives to the user a point cloud corresponding to each horizontal scanning done. The obtained results show an acceptable quality and significant details of digitalized objects, making this prototype (built on LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit) a versatile and cheap tool, which can be used for many applications, mainly by engineering students.

  18. Designing Intelligent Instruments

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    Knuth, Kevin H.; Erner, Philip M.; Frasso, Scott

    2007-11-01

    Remote science operations require automated systems that can both act and react with minimal human intervention. One such vision is that of an intelligent instrument that collects data in an automated fashion, and based on what it learns, decides which new measurements to take. This innovation implements experimental design and unites it with data analysis in such a way that it completes the cycle of learning. This cycle is the basis of the Scientific Method. The three basic steps of this cycle are hypothesis generation, inquiry, and inference. Hypothesis generation is implemented by artificially supplying the instrument with a parameterized set of possible hypotheses that might be used to describe the physical system. The act of inquiry is handled by an inquiry engine that relies on Bayesian adaptive exploration where the optimal experiment is chosen as the one which maximizes the expected information gain. The inference engine is implemented using the nested sampling algorithm, which provides the inquiry engine with a set of posterior samples from which the expected information gain can be estimated. With these computational structures in place, the instrument will refine its hypotheses, and repeat the learning cycle by taking measurements until the system under study is described within a pre-specified tolerance. We will demonstrate our first attempts toward achieving this goal with an intelligent instrument constructed using the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics platform.

  19. Accuracy Analysis of a Low-Cost Platform for Positioning and Navigation

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    Hofmann, S.; Kuntzsch, C.; Schulze, M. J.; Eggert, D.; Sester, M.

    2012-07-01

    This paper presents an accuracy analysis of a platform based on low-cost components for landmark-based navigation intended for research and teaching purposes. The proposed platform includes a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit, an Android-based Smartphone as well as a compact laser scanner Hokuyo URG-04LX. The robot is used in a small indoor environment, where GNSS is not available. Therefore, a landmark map was produced in advance, with the landmark positions provided to the robot. All steps of procedure to set up the platform are shown. The main focus of this paper is the reachable positioning accuracy, which was analyzed in this type of scenario depending on the accuracy of the reference landmarks and the directional and distance measuring accuracy of the laser scanner. Several experiments were carried out, demonstrating the practically achievable positioning accuracy. To evaluate the accuracy, ground truth was acquired using a total station. These results are compared to the theoretically achievable accuracies and the laser scanner's characteristics.

  20. ACCURACY ANALYSIS OF A LOW-COST PLATFORM FOR POSITIONING AND NAVIGATION

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    S. Hofmann

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an accuracy analysis of a platform based on low-cost components for landmark-based navigation intended for research and teaching purposes. The proposed platform includes a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit, an Android-based Smartphone as well as a compact laser scanner Hokuyo URG-04LX. The robot is used in a small indoor environment, where GNSS is not available. Therefore, a landmark map was produced in advance, with the landmark positions provided to the robot. All steps of procedure to set up the platform are shown. The main focus of this paper is the reachable positioning accuracy, which was analyzed in this type of scenario depending on the accuracy of the reference landmarks and the directional and distance measuring accuracy of the laser scanner. Several experiments were carried out, demonstrating the practically achievable positioning accuracy. To evaluate the accuracy, ground truth was acquired using a total station. These results are compared to the theoretically achievable accuracies and the laser scanner’s characteristics.

  1. Designing using Lego and Uno-Stacko: A Playful Architecture for an Integrated Kindergarten and Elementary School

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    Muthmainnah, K.; Aryanti, T.; Ardiansyah, A.

    2017-03-01

    The integrated kindergarten and elementary school is a public educational facility used for early age and elementary education. Designated for children at 4-12 years of age, the design should meet the standards and requirements, while considering children’s needs in their development phase. This paper discusses the design of an integrated kindergarten and elementary school using the playful theme. Design was explored using LEGO and UNO-STACKO to create spaces that accommodate material exploration for children. The design takes the play concept as a medium of child’s learning in order to improve their ability and awareness of the surrounding environment. The design translates the playful theme into imaginary dimension, constructive-deconstructive shapes, and glide circulations concept. The spatial pattern is applied by considering children’s behavior in the designated ages to trigger their creativity improvement. The design is expected to serve as a model of an integrated kindergarten and elementary school architecture.

  2. Memory and accurate processing brain rehabilitation for the elderly: LEGO robot and iPad case study.

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    Lopez-Samaniego, Leire; Garcia-Zapirain, Begonya; Mendez-Zorrilla, Amaia

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the results of research that applies cognitive therapies associated with memory and mathematical problem-solving in elderly people. The exercises are programmed in an iPad and can be performed both from the Tablet and in an interactive format with a LEGO robot. The system has been tested with 2 men and 7 women over the age of 65 who have slight physical and cognitive impairment. Evaluation with the SUS resulted in a mean of 48.45 with a standard deviation of 5.82. The score of overall satisfaction was 84.37 with a standard deviation of 18.6. Interaction with the touch screen caused some usability problems due to the elderly people's visual difficulties and clicking accuracy. Future versions will include visualization with more color contrast and less use of the keyboard.

  3. Innovative Methods in Teaching Programming for Future Informatics Teachers

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    Majherová, Janka; Králík, Václav

    2017-01-01

    In the training of future informatics teachers the students obtain experience with different methods of programming. As well, the students become familiar with programming by using the robotic system Lego Mindstorms. However, the small number of Lego systems available is a limiting factor for the teaching process. Use of virtual robotic…

  4. GyroBoy – a self-balancing robot programmed in JAVA with leJOS EV3

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    Christensen, Bjørn Klint

    GyroBoy is a self-balancing robot created by LEGO as a demonstration of what you can build with the EV3 LEGO Mindstorms education kit. The kit includes building instructions as well as a control program for GyroBoy developed in LEGO´s so called block-programming language. In this article I...

  5. μOrgano: A Lego®-Like Plug & Play System for Modular Multi-Organ-Chips.

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    Peter Loskill

    Full Text Available Human organ-on-a-chip systems for drug screening have evolved as feasible alternatives to animal models, which are unreliable, expensive, and at times erroneous. While chips featuring single organs can be of great use for both pharmaceutical testing and basic organ-level studies, the huge potential of the organ-on-a-chip technology is revealed by connecting multiple organs on one chip to create a single integrated system for sophisticated fundamental biological studies and devising therapies for disease. Furthermore, since most organ-on-a-chip systems require special protocols with organ-specific media for the differentiation and maturation of the tissues, multi-organ systems will need to be temporally customizable and flexible in terms of the time point of connection of the individual organ units. We present a customizable Lego®-like plug & play system, μOrgano, which enables initial individual culture of single organ-on-a-chip systems and subsequent connection to create integrated multi-organ microphysiological systems. As a proof of concept, the μOrgano system was used to connect multiple heart chips in series with excellent cell viability and spontaneously physiological beat rates.

  6. ¿Pueden las ovejas pastar seguras? Una mirada reflexiva sobre la separación entre conocimiento experto - conocimiento lego

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    Brian Wynne

    2009-01-01

    En el artículo se presenta una visión crítica del modelo propuesto por Giddens y Beck en de la relación entre el conocimiento lego y el conocimiento experto y la dimensión calculativa del riesgo, explorando una comprensión hermenéutico / cultural. En el texto se pone en cuestión el concepto mismo de sociedad del riesgo con su comprensión de la modernización reflexiva, como forma característica de relación con el conocimiento y los sistemas expertos en la moder...

  7. Cover Feature: LEGO-Inspired Drug Design: Unveiling a Class of Benzo[d]thiazoles Containing a 3,4-Dihydroxyphenyl Moiety as Plasma Membrane H+-ATPase Inhibitors (ChemMedChem 1/2018)

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    Thanh Tung, Truong; Dao, Trong Tuan; Grifell Junyent, Marta

    2018-01-01

    The Cover Feature shows a rational procedure for assembling privileged molecular fragments (like playing with LEGO bricks) to obtain hit structures. We have invented a novel procedure for targeting biological macromolecules possessing a binding site with a poorly known topography. We have coined ......, 2018 (DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.201700635)....

  8. Introducir la fracción en el ámbito escolar a través de un material manipulativo como es el Lego

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    Sánchez Díaz, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Treball Final de Grau en Mestre o Mestra d'Educació Primària. Codi: MP1040. Curs acadèmic: 2016/2017 Con este trabajo de investigación se quiere proponer una nueva metodología a la hora de enseñar las fracciones en la asignatura de matemáticas en el aula de primaria. El principal objetivo a seguir es que, a través de un material manipulativo como es el lego, los niños sean capaces de aprender las nociones básicas sobre las fracciones haciendo y no escuchando. Para ello, se ha ido recogiend...

  9. Planetary LEGO, Phase I

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Prior to human arrival to the Moon or Mars, a certain amount of infrastructure will be required in order to ensure success of the overall goals of the mission. Such...

  10. Geotechnical Engineering in US Elementary Schools

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    Suescun-Florez, Eduardo; Iskander, Magued; Kapila, Vikram; Cain, Ryan

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports on the results of several geotechnical engineering-related science activities conducted with elementary-school students. Activities presented include soil permeability, contact stress, soil stratigraphy, shallow and deep foundations, and erosion in rivers. The permeability activity employed the LEGO NXT platform for data…

  11. GyroBoy – a self-balancing robot programmed in JAVA with leJOS EV3

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    Christensen, Bjørn Klint

    2017-01-01

    GyroBoy is a self-balancing robot created by LEGO as a demonstration of what you can build with the EV3 LEGO Mindstorms education kit. The kit includes building instructions as well as a control program for GyroBoy developed in LEGO´s so called block-programming language. In this article I will present a similar control program developed in Java using the leJOS EV3 class library.

  12. O leigo e o suporte básico de vida El lego y el soporte básico de vida Laypeople and basic life support

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    Aline Maino Pergola

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available A capacitação do leigo para o atendimento precoce em situações de emergência e instituição do suporte básico de vida (SBV é fundamental para salvar vidas e prevenir seqüelas. O objetivo foi identificar o conhecimento dos leigos sobre SBV. Utililizou-se entrevista estruturada em linguagem não-técnica. A amostra compreendeu 385 sujeitos, a maioria (57,1% do sexo feminino com ensino médio completo e superior incompleto (53,7%. Verificou-se apenas 9,9% conhecem a manobra de respiração boca-a-boca; 84,2% conhecem a técnica de compressão torácica externa (CTE, e destes, 79,9% sabem sua finalidade. Apenas 14,5% sabem posicionar a vítima para realizar a CTE; 82,4% referem uma freqüência menor que 60 CTE/minuto. Por não apresentarem adequada informação e fundamentação das etapas do SBV, os leigos podem prestar atendimento incorreto à vítima de emergência, acarretando prejuízos à reanimação.La capacitación del lego para la atención precoz en situaciones de emergencia e aplicación del soporte básico de vida (SBV es fundamental para salvar vidas y prevenir secuelas. El objetivo fue identificar el conocimiento de los legos sobre SBV. Se utililizó la entrevista estructurada en un lenguague no técnico. La muestra comprendió 385 sujetos, la mayoría (57,1% del sexo femenino con enseñanza media completa y superior incompleta (53,7%; Los que conocen la maniobra de respiración boca a boca son apenas 9,9%; 84,2% conocen la técnica de compresión toráxica externa (CTE y de estos, 79,9% saben su finalidad. Apenas 14,5% saben posicionar a la víctima para realizar la CTE, 82,4% refieren una frecuencia menor que 60 CTE/minuto. Por no presentar adecuada información y fundamentos de las etapas del SBV, los legos pueden prestar una atención incorrecta a la víctima de emergencia, ocasionando perjuicios en la reanimación.Training laypeople to give first aid in emergency situations and offer basic life support (BLS is crucial

  13. Designing for Children's Collective Music Making

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    Grønbæk, Jens Emil; Jakobsen, Kasper; Petersen, Marianne Graves

    2016-01-01

    Hitmachine empowers children to make music through building physical, shared interactive instruments from Lego MindstormsTM and playing them to a beat. The design rationale for Hitmachine draws upon the collective interaction model, theories of proxemics and F-formations, as well as a framework...

  14. An Effective Educational Tool: Construction Kits for Fun and Meaningful Learning

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    Somyürek, Sibel

    2015-01-01

    The integration of robotics in education is still relatively new and represents an important advance in education practices. So, this paper aims to share the results from the perspectives of both students and trainers in an experimental case research in which LEGO Mindstorms construction kits were used. Sixty-two students between the ages of 8 and…

  15. Robotics Projects and Learning Concepts in Science, Technology and Problem Solving

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    Barak, Moshe; Zadok, Yair

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a study about learning and the problem solving process identified among junior high school pupils participating in robotics projects in the Lego Mindstorm environment. The research was guided by the following questions: (1) How do pupils come up with inventive solutions to problems in the context of robotics activities? (2)…

  16. Design and Development of a Microfluidic Amperometric Immunosensor for the Quantitative Detection of 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM) Herbicide Residue in Ground Water

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    Uthuppu, Basil

    and it is a novel characteristic of the microfluidic device prototype. The microfluidic device was automated using Lego® Mindstorms® servomotors to control its micro pumps and valves. By confirming (amperometrically) the regeneration capability of the optimized immunosurface and generating a standard curve for BAM...

  17. Building Teen Futures with Underwater Robotics

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    Wallace, Michael L.; Freitas, William M.

    2016-01-01

    Preparing young Americans with science and technology skills has been on the forefront of educational reform for several years, and Extension has responded. Robotics projects have become a natural fit for 4-H clubs, with members' experiences ranging from using Lego® Mindstorms® and other "purchase and assemble" robotics kits to building…

  18. LEGO-Inspired Drug Design: Unveiling a Class of Benzo[d]thiazoles Containing a 3,4-Dihydroxyphenyl Moiety as Plasma Membrane H+-ATPase Inhibitors.

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    Tung, Truong-Thanh; Dao, Trong T; Junyent, Marta G; Palmgren, Michael; Günther-Pomorski, Thomas; Fuglsang, Anja T; Christensen, Søren B; Nielsen, John

    2018-01-08

    The fungal plasma membrane H + -ATPase (Pma1p) is a potential target for the discovery of new antifungal agents. Surprisingly, no structure-activity relationship studies for small molecules targeting Pma1p have been reported. Herein, we disclose a LEGO-inspired fragment assembly strategy for the design, synthesis, and discovery of benzo[d]thiazoles containing a 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl moiety as potential Pma1p inhibitors. A series of 2-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-ylthio)-1-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)ethanones was found to inhibit Pma1p, with the most potent IC 50 value of 8 μm in an in vitro plasma membrane H + -ATPase assay. These compounds were also found to strongly inhibit the action of proton pumping when Pma1p was reconstituted into liposomes. 1-(3,4-Dihydroxyphenyl)-2-((6-(trifluoromethyl)benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)thio)ethan-1-one (compound 38) showed inhibitory activities on the growth of Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which could be correlated and substantiated with the ability to inhibit Pma1p in vitro. © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Competition-motivated teamwork and narratives to motivate girls for engineering

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    Friesel, Anna; Timcenko, Olga

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes competition-motivated teamwork and narratives to motivate teenager girls, 11-17 years old, to learn programming and basics of control. FIRST LEGO League competitions have been held at the Copenhagen University College of Engineering for several years because of successful...... cooperation between Ballerup Community, Copenhagen University College of Engineering and Aalborg University in Copenhagen. We focus on girls' engagement in FIRST LEGO League competitions, in order to motivate them in the future to study engineering. LEGO Mindstorm robots and RoboLab graphical programming...

  20. Propuesta de una plataforma para la difusión de la robótica móvil: esmart

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    JIMÉNEZ BUILES, JOVANI ALBERTO; OVALLE C., DEMETRIO ARTURO; OCHOA G., JOHN FREDY

    2009-01-01

    Durante las últimas décadas investigadores e industrias han propuesto y desarrollado kits para la construcción de robots, diseñados para estimular el aprendizaje de conceptos de áreas como la matemática, física, informática y mecánica. Productos como LEGO Dacta, LEGO Cyber Master y LEGO MindStorm se usan en instituciones educativas dentro de proyectos de trabajo con niños y jóvenes. En este artículo se presentara la propuesta ESmart que pretende ser una plataforma integral para la apropiac...

  1. Lego MindStorms用のLisp処理系XS(ソフトウェア論文,<特集>ソフトウェア論文)

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    湯淺, 太一; Taiichi, Yuasa; 京都大学情報学研究科; Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University

    2007-01-01

    ロボット開発キットであるLego MindStormsは,8ビットCPUを搭載したRCXと呼ばれるブロックにさまざまなセンサやモータを接続することによって,自作ロボットの制御を可能にしている.本論文では,RCX上で動作し,ロボットを制御するために設計されたLisp処理系であるXSを紹介する.XSの評価器はRCX上で自律的に動作し,独自の実行時スタックやごみ集めの対象となるヒープを備えている.フロントエンドPCと交信することによって,バックトレース,関数トレース,端末機割込みなどの機能を提供し,対話的なプログラミング環境を実現している.処理系がサポートするプログラミング言語はSchemeをベースにし,モータやセンサなどとのインターフェイスを備えている.さらに,イベント待ちや非同期イベント割込みといったロボット制御に不可欠な機能も備えている....

  2. Choice reaching with a LEGO arm robot (CoRLEGO): The motor system guides visual attention to movement-relevant information.

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    Strauss, Soeren; Woodgate, Philip J W; Sami, Saber A; Heinke, Dietmar

    2015-12-01

    We present an extension of a neurobiologically inspired robotics model, termed CoRLEGO (Choice reaching with a LEGO arm robot). CoRLEGO models experimental evidence from choice reaching tasks (CRT). In a CRT participants are asked to rapidly reach and touch an item presented on the screen. These experiments show that non-target items can divert the reaching movement away from the ideal trajectory to the target item. This is seen as evidence attentional selection of reaching targets can leak into the motor system. Using competitive target selection and topological representations of motor parameters (dynamic neural fields) CoRLEGO is able to mimic this leakage effect. Furthermore if the reaching target is determined by its colour oddity (i.e. a green square among red squares or vice versa), the reaching trajectories become straighter with repetitions of the target colour (colour streaks). This colour priming effect can also be modelled with CoRLEGO. The paper also presents an extension of CoRLEGO. This extension mimics findings that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the motor cortex modulates the colour priming effect (Woodgate et al., 2015). The results with the new CoRLEGO suggest that feedback connections from the motor system to the brain's attentional system (parietal cortex) guide visual attention to extract movement-relevant information (i.e. colour) from visual stimuli. This paper adds to growing evidence that there is a close interaction between the motor system and the attention system. This evidence contradicts the traditional conceptualization of the motor system as the endpoint of a serial chain of processing stages. At the end of the paper we discuss CoRLEGO's predictions and also lessons for neurobiologically inspired robotics emerging from this work. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Investigating the impact of a LEGO(TM)-based, engineering-oriented curriculum compared to an inquiry-based curriculum on fifth graders' content learning of simple machines

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    Marulcu, Ismail

    This mixed method study examined the impact of a LEGO-based, engineering-oriented curriculum compared to an inquiry-based curriculum on fifth graders' content learning of simple machines. This study takes a social constructivist theoretical stance that science learning involves learning scientific concepts and their relations to each other. From this perspective, students are active participants, and they construct their conceptual understanding through the guidance of their teacher. With the goal of better understanding the use of engineering education materials in classrooms the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council in the book "Engineering in K-12 Education" conducted an in-depth review of the potential benefits of including engineering in K--12 schools as (a) improved learning and achievement in science and mathematics, (b) increased awareness of engineering and the work of engineers, (c) understanding of and the ability to engage in engineering design, (d) interest in pursuing engineering as a career, and (e) increased technological literacy (Katehi, Pearson, & Feder, 2009). However, they also noted a lack of reliable data and rigorous research to support these assertions. Data sources included identical written tests and interviews, classroom observations and videos, teacher interviews, and classroom artifacts. To investigate the impact of the design-based simple machines curriculum compared to the scientific inquiry-based simple machines curriculum on student learning outcomes, I compared the control and the experimental groups' scores on the tests and interviews by using ANCOVA. To analyze and characterize the classroom observation videotapes, I used Jordan and Henderson's (1995) method and divide them into episodes. My analyses revealed that the design-based Design a People Mover: Simple Machines unit was, if not better, as successful as the inquiry-based FOSS Levers and Pulleys unit in terms of students' content learning. I also

  4. LEGO-like DNA Structures

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    Gothelf, Kurt Vesterager

    2012-01-01

    -dimensional (3D) DNA structures by self-assembly of single-stranded DNA “bricks.” The method opens a new route to complex self-assembled (3D) nanostructures that may serve as addressable templates for placing guest molecules with high precision, with possible applications in biophysics, medicine...

  5. Autonomous Robot Retrieval System

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    Ahern, S.

    2015-01-01

    Mobile robots are increasingly being deployed in environments hazardous to humans. However, many of these robots require remote control operation or are tethered, requiring the human operator to remain within a potentially hazardous radius of the area of operation. To resolve this issue an Autonomous Robot Retrieval System (ARRS) utilising Open RatSLAM based on the Lego NXT 2.0 robotics platform is proposed but could not be implemented due to memory limitations of the hardware. An occupancy g...

  6. WaterBotics: Pooling Students to STEM

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    Stambaugh, Beverly

    2015-04-01

    The STEM workforce of the future is sitting in today's K-12 classrooms, attending summer camps, and participating in after-school programs. How do we attract more youth -- particularly those currently underrepresented in STEM fields such as girls and minorities -- to explore the marvels of engineering and science? How do we entice them to become active participants - not merely witnesses - in the creation of solutions for our global neighborhood's greatest challenges, from environmental cleanup, to safe and efficient energy production, to improvements in healthcare? The WaterBotics program is one vehicle that has demonstrated success in engaging young learners. This underwater robotics program is designed to provide hands-on experiences for middle and high school age youth to engineering design, information technology tools, and science concepts, and to increase awareness and interest in engineering and IT careers. Middle and high school participants demonstrate increased enjoyment in studying science and engineering and interest in STEM careers as a result of WaterBotics. Such results can be seen from a statewide initiative that reached more than 2,600 middle and high school students in New Jersey in 2006-09 where student learning of science concepts and programming increased (McGrath et al, 2009, 2008). These findings provide the impetus to expand the WaterBotics program nationally. The curriculum can be used either in traditional classroom settings or in after-school and summer-camp settings. This problem-based program requires teams of students to work together to design, build, test, and redesign underwater robots, or "bots" made of LEGO® and other components. Students use the NXT and LEGO Mindstorms® software to program their robots to maneuver in the water, thereby gaining valuable experience with computer programming, as well as 21st Century skills. Teams must complete a series of increasingly sophisticated challenges which culminates with a final

  7. Example of Using Narratives in Teaching Programming: Roles of Variables

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    Timcenko, Olga

    2007-01-01

      Abstract. This paper describes a case study of using narratives to motivate non-technology inclined children, 11-15 years old, to learn programming, using LEGO Mindstorms robots and RoboLab graphical programming language. Case study was done during 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 school years, following...... two different school teams participating in FIRST LEGO League competitions. Using narrative concept and a concept of roles of variables, it was possible to explain several searching and sorting algorithms to children, including an algorithm of finding minimal/maximal value from the set of input values...

  8. Uporaba kamere Pixy pri vodenju robota

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    TITAN, UROŠ

    2016-01-01

    V diplomskem delu smo obravnavali delovanje kamere Pixy in pokazali, kako je iz podatkov, ki nam jih posreduje, mogoče izračunati razdaljo med kamero in objektom. Za programiranje robota smo v nadaljevanju v programskem okolju Lego Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition opisali funkcijske bloke, povezane s kamero. Opisali smo tudi funkcijski blok za PID regulator in pokazali, kako izračunamo njegove parametre za reguliranje motorjev Lego. V empiričnem delu smo preizkusili praktično del...

  9. Uptake and early removals of Implanon NXT in South Africa ...

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    Emerging themes were identified, manually coded and thematically analysed following an interpretivism approach. Results. Nurses lacked confidence in providing implant services effectively, particularly removals, which they ascribed to the brief, cascade-type training received. Nurses generally held negative views towards ...

  10. SPECIAL ROBOTS FOR ENERGETICS

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    Sit M.L.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available An overview of robots used in the power industry for diagnostics of power lines, cable lines, for the control, monitoring and maintenance of wind turbines, in nuclear energy, for optimum orientation of solar photovoltaic plants and solar panels for cleaning. Equations of statics and dynamics of robotic car which lifts along the vertical flexible rope are considered. It is presented the design which is made on the basis of "Lego Mindstorms" to solve the problem.

  11. Voice activated command and control with speech recognition over WiFi

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    Ayres, Tony; Nolan, Brian

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents work conducted to date on the development of a voice activated command and control framework specifically for the control of remote devices in a ubiquitous computing environment. The prototype device is a Java controlled Lego Mindstorm robot. The research considers three different scenario configurations. A recognition grammar for command and control of the robot has been created and implemented in Java, in part in the recognition engine and in part on the robot. The physi...

  12. SPECIAL ROBOTS FOR ENERGETICS

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    Sit M.L.; Shkolnik Sofia; Andreev E.S.; Karpov E.; Chisteakov М.

    2014-01-01

    An overview of robots used in the power industry for diagnostics of power lines, cable lines, for the control, monitoring and maintenance of wind turbines, in nuclear energy, for optimum orientation of solar photovoltaic plants and solar panels for cleaning. Equations of statics and dynamics of robotic car which lifts along the vertical flexible rope are considered. It is presented the design which is made on the basis of "Lego Mindstorms" to solve the problem.

  13. Health education: a strategy of care for the lay caregiver Educación en salud: una estrategia de cuidado al cuidador lego Educação em saúde: uma estratégia de cuidado ao cuidador leigo

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    Luccas Melo de Souza

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available This article aimed to reflect about the importance of the role nurses perform in strategies of health education to lay caregivers, who are important actors in the health/disease process. It is a thematic reflection, built through bibliographic review, which discusses the role of lay caregivers in different stages of the life cycle. Considering the participation of lay caregivers in the Brazilian reality, strategies have been sought to include them in the health care, given the little attention Public Policies have given to them. Therefore, the nurses as health educators, must offer support to the lay caregivers helping them to choose among available alternatives, while delivering care, to not harm their own health. Concluding, health education can be an alternative to offer attention to the lay caregivers, while the nurse has important role in the development of alternatives.Este artículo tiene por objetivo reflexionar acerca de la importancia de la intervención de enfermería a través de estrategias de educación en salud, para los cuidadores legos, actores fundamentales en el proceso salud/enfermedad. Se trata de una reflexión temática, construida por medio de la búsqueda bibliográfica, a través de la cual se discute el rol de los cuidadores en las diferentes etapas del ciclo vital. Tomando como base la actual participación de los cuidadores legos en el escenario brasileño, se buscan estrategias para incluirlos en la asistencia de salud teniendo en vista la poca relevancia que las Políticas Públicas les han demostrado. Así, el enfermero, como educador en salud, debe ofrecer subsidios a los cuidadores legos para que sean capaces de escoger entre las alternativas disponibles para el cuidado de los enfermos, de forma tal que esta función no perjudique la salud del paciente. Se concluye que la educación en salud puede ser una forma alternativa para ofrecer atención de salud a los cuidadores legos, siendo el rol del enfermero

  14. Kindlustuspakett kui Lego torn / Liina Leiten

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    Leiten, Liina

    1999-01-01

    Koduse vara kindlustamise tingimused. Tabelid: 1999.a. 1. kvartali usaldusreiting varakindlustuse osas, valik koduse vara kindlustamise hinnapakkumisi. Kommenteerivad maaklerfirma In Bro & Partners kindlustusdirektor Jaak Rikson ja Kindlustusabi OÜ direktor Toivo Voit

  15. CRUSER (Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research)

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    2013-07-08

    Lego  League  of  Monterey   §  Nov  2010/Apr  2011   §  Monterey  Academy  of  Oceanographic  Sciences  (MAOS...Nov  2011   §  Brownie  Troop  30608  –   Mindstorm  Robots   §  Jan  2012   §  Cub  Scout  Pack  125... Mindstorm  Robots   §  Apr  2012                           §  La  Mesa

  16. Optical sensing systems for primary-level science education

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    Markey, Adam; Tyers, Bernard; Shepherd, Roderick; McEvoy, Aisling K.; MacCraith, Brian D.; Mikhak, Bakhtiar; Strohecker, Carol

    2003-03-01

    In the last three years, a number of Irish primary schools have been using LEGO Mindstorms technology in order to investigate the use of project-based learning as an alternative teaching tool. This has involved the use of LEGO bricks combined with standard electronic motors and some commercial sensors (e.g. temperature). In order to develop this project into the area of science education, we have developed a range of miniaturized optical sensors, which are compatible with the LEGO platform. This paper describes two such sensors that have been developed and fabricated for use with the LEGO platform, a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab and the National Centre for Sensor Research. In particular a working oxygen sensor has been designed and fabricated. The principal design features were compatibility with the programmable LEGO platforms and robustness for classroom use. This sensor uses the method of intensity quenching to determine oxygen concentration. In addition, simple color sensors have been produced. The aim of developing such sensors is to familiarize students with the concept of colour detection and to introduce them to the basic principles of spectroscopy. The performance of both sensor types and preliminary classroom results are reported.

  17. Robotics Construction Kits: From “Objects to Think with” to “Objects to Think and to Emote with”

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    Antonella D’Amico; Domenico Guastella

    2018-01-01

    This paper discusses new ideas about the use of educational robotics in social-emotional learning. In particular, educational robotics could be a tool intended to allow children to acquire some of the basic aspects of human emotions and emotional functioning, and to understand how these relate to the mind and body. More specifically, by using robots such as the LEGO Mindstorm construction kits—which allow users to both construct the body of the robot and to provide it with a behavioural reper...

  18. Linux toys II 9 Cool New Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment

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    Negus, Christopher

    2006-01-01

    Builds on the success of the original Linux Toys (0-7645-2508-5) and adds projects using different Linux distributionsAll-new toys in this edition include a car computer system with built-in entertainment and navigation features, bootable movies, a home surveillance monitor, a LEGO Mindstorms robot, and a weather mapping stationIntroduces small business opportunities with an Internet radio station and Internet caf ̌projectsCompanion Web site features specialized hardware drivers, software interfaces, music and game software, project descriptions, and discussion forumsIncludes a CD-ROM with scr

  19. Movement in Collaborative Robotic Environments Based on the Fish Shoal Emergent Patterns

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    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Robotic collectives are used for the efficient achievement of complex tasks. There is a significant increase in the interest for emergent, collaborative robotics as a viable alternative to the more centralized classic approach as the dimensions, energy consumption and especially price are becoming required constraints. This paper describes a nature inspired algorithm intended for the movement and communication of such robotic collectives. As a case study, the implementation of the emergent algorithm on a system consisting of LEGO Mindstorm Robots is further discussed along with the most interesting experimental results.

  20. Development of Virtual Intellectual Education Toy Control System for Elementary Programming Study

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    Ohchi, Masashi; Furukawa, Tatsuya; Akagi, Keita; Ejima, Kosuke

    Recently, an information technology is indispensable for the business and industrial developments. However, it has been a social problem that the number of software developers has been insufficient. When studying the basic computer programming, the Lego MindStorms Robotics Invention System(RIS) may be promising. It is possible to use the graphical user interface (GUI) based programming environment with RIS. However, one can't adopt it readily because of its higher price for students. Therefore, we have developed the control system of the virtual intellectual education toy control system where one can experience the preliminary study of programming language easily.

  1. Navegação autônoma de robôs

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    Sidnei Alves de Araújo

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, é apresentado um sistema de navegação autônoma, baseado em mecanismos de visão computacional que descrevem o ambiente para que um robô, construído com o kit Lego Mindstorms, possa tomar decisões. A partir das informações recebidas sobre sua localização, a do alvo e a dos obstáculos, o robô deve definir o trajeto a percorrer para atingir o objetivo.

  2. Motor-Manipulatory Behaviours and Learning: an Observational Study

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    Assunta Tavernise

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we investigated the role of motor-manipulatory behaviour in the learning modalities of thirty-five primary school children interacting with a Lego MindStorms kit. In particular, by means of an observational taxonomy of children’s behaviour, we analysed the video records of two observational sessions regarding the learning activities during the building of a small robot. Our results demonstrated that motor-manipulatory behaviours are strictly linked to cognitive processes, and that the acquisition of new knowledge can be considered as the result of a gradual experience of integration between both perceptual and manipulative behavioural routines.

  3. A Brain Computer Interface for Robust Wheelchair Control Application Based on Pseudorandom Code Modulated Visual Evoked Potential

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    Mohebbi, Ali; Engelsholm, Signe K.D.; Puthusserypady, Sadasivan

    2015-01-01

    In this pilot study, a novel and minimalistic Brain Computer Interface (BCI) based wheelchair control application was developed. The system was based on pseudorandom code modulated Visual Evoked Potentials (c-VEPs). The visual stimuli in the scheme were generated based on the Gold code......, and the VEPs were recognized and classified using subject-specific algorithms. The system provided the ability of controlling a wheelchair model (LEGO R MINDSTORM R EV3 robot) in 4 different directions based on the elicited c-VEPs. Ten healthy subjects were evaluated in testing the system where an average...

  4. a digital lego a digital lego-based learning environment for fraction

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    An environment must be simulated with features that enable ... Learning involving game engagement explores creativity and critical .... The game includes features that realised the instructional factors and students' needs stressed in the game model. The game environment was structured in line with the instructional ...

  5. Gaps in monitoring systems for Implanon NXT services in South Africa

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    Staff often took the initiative to fill gaps in reporting systems. Current systems are unable to accurately monitor uptake or discontinuation, or identify aspects of services requiring strengthening. Lack of pharmacovigilance data is especially concerning. Deficiencies noted in these monitoring systems may be common to family ...

  6. The Evolution of NxtWave Leaders for 21st-Century Libraries

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    Howard, Jody K.

    2015-01-01

    In January 2012, a group of four school library professors attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting were having lunch and discussing various issues related to the school library field. These school library professors agreed that one challenge facing the profession is preparing future leaders. As current school library leaders retire, it is difficult to…

  7. User perspectives on Implanon NXT in South Africa: A survey of 12 ...

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    interquartile range 6 - 12), and this was primarily as a result of sideeffects (90%), especially bleeding-pattern changes and headaches. Removals were most common among married and cohabiting women, often ascribed to the effects of bleeding on ...

  8. Reviews Book: How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog Equipment: LEGO Renewable Energy Add-on Set 9688 Book: The Rough Guide to the Future Book: Seven Tales of the Pendulum Equipment: Genecon DUE Equipment: Manual Electrostatic Generator Book: Quantify! A Crash Course in Smart Thinking Book: Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science Book: The Strangest Man Book: The Ultimate Quotable Einstein Web Watch

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    2011-05-01

    WE RECOMMEND How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog The key theories of quantum physics explained using canine behaviour LEGO Renewable Energy Add-on Set 9688 Set builds a hand generator, solar station, wind turbine, hydro turbine, boat pulley, solar vehicle, and much more The Rough Guide to the Future Book explores the insights that science can contribute to predicting the future Seven Tales of the Pendulum This book deals with the significance of the pendulum in science, history and culture Genecon DUE Equipment demonstrates generation of electricity Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science Book investigates the nature of human gullibility The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius Biography charts the life of Paul Dirac WORTH A LOOK Manual Electrostatic Generator Kit acts as a miniature Van de Graaff Quantify! A Crash Course in Smart Thinking Various topics illustrate the application of basic physical laws The Ultimate Quotable Einstein A compilation of Einstein's famous quotes WEB WATCH Open Source Physics simulations are worth a look

  9. Concepto lego de estrés en estudiantes universitarios

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    Revuelta Pérez, Francisco; Rodríguez Fernández, Luisa María; Atienza Martín, Francisco Javier; Losada Ruiz, Carmen

    2013-01-01

    El término estrés ha llegado a ser uno de los más utilizados en el contexto de la salud y la enfermedad. No obstante, no hay un consenso generalizado acerca de su definición por parte de los profesionales pertinentes, como tampoco por lo que respecta a los no expertos. Si es importante esta cuestión en relación con los primeros, no deja de serlo para los segundos. En general, las creencias, conceptos y teorías legas afectan a las percepciones de las personas y a las ...

  10. Non linear predictive control of a LEGO mobile robot

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    Merabti, H.; Bouchemal, B.; Belarbi, K.; Boucherma, D.; Amouri, A.

    2014-10-01

    Metaheuristics are general purpose heuristics which have shown a great potential for the solution of difficult optimization problems. In this work, we apply the meta heuristic, namely particle swarm optimization, PSO, for the solution of the optimization problem arising in NLMPC. This algorithm is easy to code and may be considered as alternatives for the more classical solution procedures. The PSO- NLMPC is applied to control a mobile robot for the tracking trajectory and obstacles avoidance. Experimental results show the strength of this approach.

  11. Motivating programming students by Problem Based Learning and LEGO robots

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    Lykke, Marianne; Coto Chotto, Mayela; Mora, Sonia

    2014-01-01

    Retention of first year students in Computer Science is a concern for universities internationally. Especially programming courses are regarded as difficult, and often have the highest failure and dropout rates. The Informatics School at Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica is not an exception...... students programming skills and motivation for learning in an introductory programming course. The paper reports the results related with one of the components of the study - the experiential qualities of the three learning designs. The data were collected through a questionnaire survey with 229 students...

  12. The Use of Lego Technologies in Elementary Teacher Preparation

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    Hadjiachilleos, Stella; Avraamidou, Lucy; Papastavrou, Stavros

    2013-01-01

    The need to reform science teacher preparation programs has been pointed out in research (Bryan and Abell in J Res Sci Teach 36:121-140, 1999; Bryan and Atwater in Sci Educ 8(6):821-839, 2002; Harrington and Hathaway in J Teach Educ 46(4):275-284, 1995). Science teachers are charged with the

  13. A Digital Lego-Based Learning Environment for Fraction Ordering ...

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    Learning environment is a process where learning is activated or enabled and the resources to support it are made available to a learner in order to construct and acquire knowledge. An environment must be simulated with features that enable learning to be fascinating, motivating and required mental process for critical ...

  15. Virtual LEGOs: Incorporating Minecraft into the Art Education Curriculum

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    Overby, Alexandra; Jones, Brian L.

    2015-01-01

    What could video games bring to a K-12 visual arts curriculum? Overby and Jones were skeptical about incorporating gaming and virtual worlds into the classroom, but watching their own children engaging in the video game Minecraft changed their perception. As they started researching the game and how these kids were operating within the space, they…

  16. Raspberry Pi programming day | 12 April

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    William Bell

    2014-01-01

    CERN is hosting a Raspberry Pi programming day on 12 April 2014 (see here).   The event includes a hands-on workshop and a series of presentations of different projects with the Raspberry Pi. The presentations and workshop provide an ideal introduction for beginners and information for those with more advanced computer programming skills. Basic programming techniques will be discussed using Scratch, Python and C, through a set of worked examples and additional electronics. The electronics examples will include a LEGO NXT interface, other expansion boards and a variety of basic I/O components and sensors. This event is free, but it is necessary to sign up to be able to attend. If you would like to present a project or bring your Raspberry Pi project to discuss in the tutorial session, please also email raspberry.pi@cern.ch with the details of your presentation or project.

  17. Ciência da Computação

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    André Felipe Henriques Librantz

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta um sistema de navegação autônoma de robôs construídos com kits Lego Mindstorms, para cálculo de trajetórias. Esse sistema pode ser utilizado como instrumento pedagógico multidisciplinar no curso de Ciência da Computação, uma vez que, para o seu desenvolvimento são necessários conhecimentos de algoritmos, linguagem de programação, lógica computacional, estrutura de dados, inteligência artificial (IA, redes de computadores, computação gráfica e robótica.

  18. International Conference Educational Robotics 2016

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    Moro, Michele; Menegatti, Emanuele

    2017-01-01

    This book includes papers presented at the International Conference “Educational Robotics 2016 (EDUROBOTICS)”, Athens, November 25, 2016. The papers build on constructivist and constructionist pedagogy and cover a variety of topics, including teacher education, design of educational robotics activities, didactical models, assessment methods, theater robotics, programming & making electronics with Snap4Arduino, the Duckietown project, robotics driven by tangible programming, Lego Mindstorms combined with App Inventor, the Orbital Education Platform, Anthropomorphic Robots and Human Meaning Makers in Education, and more. It provides researchers interested in educational robotics with the latest advances in the field with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education. At the same time it offers teachers and educators from primary to secondary and tertiary education insights into how educational robotics can trigger the development of technological interest and 21st c...

  19. Robótica educacional e resolução de problemas : uma abordagem microgenética da construção do conhecimento

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    Cristiane Pelisolli Cabral

    2011-01-01

    A presente dissertação objetivou investigar as estratégias cognitivas de resolução de problemas em Robótica Educacional (RE) utilizando o kit semiestruturado LEGO Mindstorms® 9793 e programação RoboLab®. Com base na teoria da Microgênese Cognitiva, de Bärbel Inhleder, foram investigadas as estratégias cognitivas do sujeito psicológico para resolver problemas de Robótica Educacional. O estudo baseou-se na análise do caso de seis sujeitos, alunos de Robótica Educacional em nível de Ensino Funda...

  20. Robotics Construction Kits: From “Objects to Think with” to “Objects to Think and to Emote with”

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    Antonella D’Amico

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses new ideas about the use of educational robotics in social-emotional learning. In particular, educational robotics could be a tool intended to allow children to acquire some of the basic aspects of human emotions and emotional functioning, and to understand how these relate to the mind and body. More specifically, by using robots such as the LEGO Mindstorm construction kits—which allow users to both construct the body of the robot and to provide it with a behavioural repertory—children have the opportunity to visualize (and manipulate the relationship between the robot’s body and mind. This allows them to simulate “embodied emotional minds” and to reflect on new neuroscientific concepts regarding body-mind and cognition-emotion relationships.

  1. Evaluación de las técnicas de planificación de movimientos, Descomposición exacta trapezoidal y Descomposición adaptativa de celdas a través de mallas

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    Carlos Andrés Veléz Carvajal; Jaime Alberto Guzmán Luna; Ingrid Durley Torres Pardo

    2013-01-01

    Compara el desempeño de dos técnicas de planificación de movimientos: la descomposición exacta trapezoidal y la descomposición adaptativa de celdas a través de mallas. Ambas técnicas se implementaron en robots móviles Lego Mindstorms, bajo el ambiente de desarrollo Java-LeJOS. Su evaluación se realizó en tres ambientes de prueba, asumiendo la geometría del robot de dos maneras: como un punto y como un círculo en el espacio. Esta evaluación permitió ver que la descomposición exacta presenta tr...

  2. Method of Computer-aided Instruction in Situation Control Systems

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    Anatoliy O. Kargin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The article considers the problem of computer-aided instruction in context-chain motivated situation control system of the complex technical system behavior. The conceptual and formal models of situation control with practical instruction are considered. Acquisition of new behavior knowledge is presented as structural changes in system memory in the form of situational agent set. Model and method of computer-aided instruction represent formalization, based on the nondistinct theories by physiologists and cognitive psychologists.The formal instruction model describes situation and reaction formation and dependence on different parameters, effecting education, such as the reinforcement value, time between the stimulus, action and the reinforcement. The change of the contextual link between situational elements when using is formalized.The examples and results of computer instruction experiments of the robot device “LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT”, equipped with ultrasonic distance, touch, light sensors.

  3. Control of autonomous robot using neural networks

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    Barton, Adam; Volna, Eva

    2017-07-01

    The aim of the article is to design a method of control of an autonomous robot using artificial neural networks. The introductory part describes control issues from the perspective of autonomous robot navigation and the current mobile robots controlled by neural networks. The core of the article is the design of the controlling neural network, and generation and filtration of the training set using ART1 (Adaptive Resonance Theory). The outcome of the practical part is an assembled Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot solving the problem of avoiding obstacles in space. To verify models of an autonomous robot behavior, a set of experiments was created as well as evaluation criteria. The speed of each motor was adjusted by the controlling neural network with respect to the situation in which the robot was found.

  4. A comparative study of pseudorandom sequences used in a c-VEP based BCI for online wheelchair control.

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    Isaksen, Jonas; Mohebbi, Ali; Puthusserypady, Sadasivan

    2016-08-01

    In this study, a c-VEP based BCI system was developed to run on three distinctive pseudorandom sequences, namely the m-code, the Gold-code, and the Barker-code. The Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs) were provoked using these codes. In the online session, subjects controlled a LEGO ® Mindstorms ® robot around a fixed track. Choosing the optimal code proved a significant increase in accuracy (p<;0.00001) over the average performance. No single code proved significantly more accurate than the others (p=0.81), suggesting that the term "optimal code" is subject-dependent. However, the Gold-code was significantly faster than both alternatives (p=0.006, p=0.016). When choosing the optimal code for accuracy, no significant decrease in Time Per Identification (TPI) was found (p=0.67). Thus, when creating an online c-VEP based BCI system, it is recommended to use multiple random sequences for increased performance.

  5. In-Class Robot Flyby of an Endoplanet

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    Chadwick, A. J.; Capaldi, T.; Aurnou, J. M.

    2013-12-01

    For our Introduction to Computing class, we have developed a miniature robotic spacecraft mission that performs a flyby of an in-class 'endoplanet.' Our constructed endoplanet contains an internal dipole magnet, tilted with a dip angle that is unknown a priori. The spacecraft analog is a remotely controlled LEGO MINDSTORMS robot programmed using LabVIEW. Students acquire magnetic field data via a first spacecraft flyby past the endoplanet. This dataset is then imported into MATLAB, and is inverted to create a model of the magnet's orientation and dipole moment. Students use their models to predict the magnetic field profile along a different flyby path. They then test the accuracy of their models, comparing their predictions against the data acquired from this secondary flyby. We will be demonstrating this device at our poster in the Moscone Center.

  6. Motivating students through positive learning experiences

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    Lykke, Marianne; Coto Chotto, Mayela; Jantzen, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Based on the assumption that wellbeing, positive emotions and engagement influence motivation for learning, the aim of this paper is to provide insight into students’ emotional responses to and engagement in different learning designs. By comparing students’ reports on the experiential qualities...... of three different learning designs, their respective influence on students’ motivation for learning is discussed with the purpose of exploring the relationship between positive emotions, engagement and intrinsic motivation for learning. Our study thus aims at evaluating the motivational elements...... in the three learning designs. This experimental, controlled comparison study was conducted in an introductory computer programming course. The three learning designs were: 1. A classical teacher-lead course; 2. A problem based learning (PBL) course; and 3. A PBL course combined with the use of LEGO Mindstorms...

  7. Applications of simple robots to encourage social receptiveness of adolescents with autism.

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    Costa, Sandra; Resende, Jorge; Soares, Filomena Oliveira; Ferreira, Manuel João; Santos, Cristina P; Moreira, Fátima

    2009-01-01

    This paper reports the preliminary research studies regarding the use of LEGO Mindstorms TM robots as a therapy for autistic young people. Most autistic people hardly communicate in a social environment, living in their own world. This is the first step in a broader project which aims to improve the autistic people social life and also their ability to communicate, using the robot as a social bridge between them and the surrounding environment/people. The target group is 17-19 years old having autism disorder and developmental disability. The trials consists of undemanding plays where the intervention of the autistic person is required, using simple inputs, such as voice commands, pressing a button or clapping hands. The presented work intends to evaluate the reaction of this particular target group to the introduction of a toy-like robot in their classroom daily life. The methodology applied, the detailed description as well as the analysis of the experiments are presented and discussed.

  8. Implementación de un protocolo de comunicación para el control de los movimientos de un brazo robot a través del interfaz bluetooth de un teléfono celular

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    Almeida Pazmiño, Marco; Roldan Molina, Elsa; Sinche Maita, Soraya Lucia

    2010-01-01

    El presente trabajo trata del diseño e implementación de un protocolo de comunicación que estandariza el canal de comunicación de un sistema distribuido. El sistema distribuido está compuesto por un teléfono celular Nokia y el brazo robot Lego Mindstorm. El teléfono celular enviará comandos hacia el brazo robot a través de la interfaz inalámbrica Bluetooth para controlar su movimiento. El brazo robot deberá tomar una pelota roja o azul según las órdenes del usuario. Para el diseño del protoco...

  9. The MainSTREAM Component Platform: A Holistic Approach to Microfluidic System Design

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    Sabourin, David; Skafte-Pedersen, Peder; Søe, Martin Jensen

    2013-01-01

    A microfluidic component library for building systems driving parallel or serial microfluidic-based assays is presented. The components are a miniaturized eight-channel peristaltic pump, an eight-channel valve, sample-to-waste liquid management, and interconnections. The library of components...... was tested by constructing various systems supporting perfusion cell culture, automated DNA hybridizations, and in situ hybridizations. The results showed that the MainSTREAM components provided (1) a rapid, robust, and simple method to establish numerous fluidic inputs and outputs to various types...... with tested biological methods. It was found that LEGO Mindstorms motors, controllers, and software were robust, inexpensive, and an accessible choice as compared with corresponding custom-made actuators. MainSTREAM systems could operate continuously for weeks without leaks, contamination, or system failures...

  10. Installation of Mechatronics Education Using the MindStorms for Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, O.N.C.T

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    Tatsushi Tokuyasu

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The author constructed an installation course of mechatronics and conducted on the students of department of mechanical engineering, Oita national college of technology. The course is composed of six sessions and is aiming to grow up the mechanical engineers who can adapt quickly to changes in industrial society. Then, the education programs of computer technology and information processing are more emphasized in this course. Certainly the specific subjects involved with mechatronics are constructed as a part of curriculum in the older grades, however there is some difficulties to make students of department of mechanical engineering to have interests in electronics and/or information science. Viewed in this light, it is better to begin mechatronics education with undergoing experiments like this course since they were in early grade.

  11. Installation of Mechatronics Education Using the MindStorms for Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, O.N.C.T

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    Tatsushi Tokuyasu

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The author constructed an installation course of mechatronics and conducted on the students of department of mechanical engineering, Oita national college of technology. The course is composed of six sessions and is aiming to grow up the mechanical engineers who can adapt quickly to changes in industrial society. Then, the education programs of computer technology and information processing are more emphasized in this course. Certainly the specific subjects involved with mechatronics are constructed as a part of curriculum in the older grades, however there is some difficulties to make students of department of mechanical engineering to have interests in electronics and/or information science. Viewed in this light, it is better to begin mechatronics education with undergoing experiments like this course since they were in early grade.

  12. An Exploratory Study of a Robotics Educational Platform on STEM Career Interests in Middle School Students

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    Hinton, Tracy Barger

    With the large expected growth in STEM-related careers in American industries, there are not enough graduates to fill these positions (United States Department of Labor, 2015). Increased efforts are being made to reform STEM education from early childhood to college level studies, mainly through increased efforts to incorporate new technologies and project-based learning activities (Hegedorn & Purnamasari, 2012). At the middle school level, a robotics educational platform can be a worthwhile activity that provides hands-on learning as students learn basic programming and engineering skills (Grubbs, 2013). Based on the popularity of LEGO toys, LEGO Education developed an engaging and effective way to learn about computer programming and basic engineering concepts (Welch & Huffman, 2011). LEGO MINDSTORMS offers a project-based learning environment that engages students in real-life, problem-solving challenges. The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the instructional use of a robotics educational curriculum on middle school students' attitudes toward and interests in STEM and their experiences with LEGO Robotics activities. Participants included 23 seventh grade students who were enrolled in a Career Cluster Technologies I class in a suburban middle school. Data for the study were collected from three focus group interviews, open-ended surveys, classroom observations, and the Career Cruising program. Findings revealed that the robotics activities led to an increased interest and higher self-efficacy in STEM tasks. If students continue to nurture and develop their STEM interests, it is possible that many of them may develop higher confidence and eventually set personal goals related to STEM classes and careers. While other studies have been conducted on similar topics, this qualitative research is unique because it contributed to the gap in research that investigates the impact of an in-class robotics curriculum on middle school students' attitudes

  13. Teleoperación de un vehículo remoto en un medio de acceso inalámbrico mediante el uso de una interfaz háptica Remote vehicle teleoperation through a haptic interface

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    Arys Carrasquilla Batista

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available La teleoperación permite que el ser humano pueda llevar a cabo ciertas tareas en lugares muy lejanos, de difícil acceso o de condiciones hostiles para la presencia de un operador. Con este proyecto se logró teleoperar un vehículo remoto por medio del protocolo de comunicación Bluetooth, para lo cual se adaptó una interfaz háptica (Novint Falcon. Desde la interfaz, el operador puede enviar la consigna de movimiento y, además, obtener sensaciones conforme a la información de los sensores incluidos al sistema. Como vehículo remoto se utilizó un Lego Mindstorms con capacidad de comunicación Bluetooth, al cual se incorporó un sensor de contacto y otro de ultrasonido con el fin de percibir en la interfaz háptica la retroalimentación de fuerzas. A una computadora estándar se le dio capacidad de comunicación Bluetooth por medio de un adaptador USB, desde la cual se ejecuta un programa creado en C++ para controlar las acciones de la interfaz háptica, enviar los comandos de movimiento al vehículo y recibir la información de los sensores, la cual reproduce sensaciones al operador.Teleoperation allows human beings to carry out certain tasks in places far away, inaccessible or with hostile conditions for the presence of an operator. In this project a remote vehicle is teleoperated using a bluetooth wireless connection, to accomplish this an haptic interface (Novint Falcon was used. The operator can give movement instructions to the vehicle and obtain sensations, according to the information received from the sensors connected to the system. The remote vehicle was a Lego Mindstorms with bluetooth communication capabilities, a touch sensor and ultrasonic sensor were included in order to perceive reflection of forces through the haptic interface. A USB adapter for bluetooth communication was added to a standard computer; a program in C++ is executed over this computer to control the haptic interface, send movement commands to the vehicle and

  14. LEGO robot vehicle lesson plans for secondary education : a recruitment tool.

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    2012-08-01

    Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. It is also highly effective in stimulation development of teamwork and self-confidence. This project provides transportation-related lesson pl...

  15. Implementation of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems, the Case of The LEGO Group

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    Wang, Ying; Bilberg, Arne; Hadar, Ronen

    Turbulent market under global competition forced manufacturers to search for new manufacturing concepts to stay competitive. How to consider a new manufacturing system becomes an important issue. The objective of this paper is to examine the most suitable areas for the implementation of reconfigu......Turbulent market under global competition forced manufacturers to search for new manufacturing concepts to stay competitive. How to consider a new manufacturing system becomes an important issue. The objective of this paper is to examine the most suitable areas for the implementation...

  16. Naming a Lego world. The role of language in the acquisition of abstract concepts.

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    Granito, Carmen; Scorolli, Claudia; Borghi, Anna Maria

    2015-01-01

    While embodied approaches of cognition have proved to be successful in explaining concrete concepts and words, they have more difficulties in accounting for abstract concepts and words, and several proposals have been put forward. This work aims to test the Words As Tools proposal, according to which both abstract and concrete concepts are grounded in perception, action and emotional systems, but linguistic information is more important for abstract than for concrete concept representation, due to the different ways they are acquired: while for the acquisition of the latter linguistic information might play a role, for the acquisition of the former it is instead crucial. We investigated the acquisition of concrete and abstract concepts and words, and verified its impact on conceptual representation. In Experiment 1, participants explored and categorized novel concrete and abstract entities, and were taught a novel label for each category. Later they performed a categorical recognition task and an image-word matching task to verify a) whether and how the introduction of language changed the previously formed categories, b) whether language had a major weight for abstract than for concrete words representation, and c) whether this difference had consequences on bodily responses. The results confirm that, even though both concrete and abstract concepts are grounded, language facilitates the acquisition of the latter and plays a major role in their representation, resulting in faster responses with the mouth, typically associated with language production. Experiment 2 was a rating test aiming to verify whether the findings of Experiment 1 were simply due to heterogeneity, i.e. to the fact that the members of abstract categories were more heterogeneous than those of concrete categories. The results confirmed the effectiveness of our operationalization, showing that abstract concepts are more associated with the mouth and concrete ones with the hand, independently from heterogeneity.

  17. Naming a Lego world. The role of language in the acquisition of abstract concepts.

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    Carmen Granito

    Full Text Available While embodied approaches of cognition have proved to be successful in explaining concrete concepts and words, they have more difficulties in accounting for abstract concepts and words, and several proposals have been put forward. This work aims to test the Words As Tools proposal, according to which both abstract and concrete concepts are grounded in perception, action and emotional systems, but linguistic information is more important for abstract than for concrete concept representation, due to the different ways they are acquired: while for the acquisition of the latter linguistic information might play a role, for the acquisition of the former it is instead crucial. We investigated the acquisition of concrete and abstract concepts and words, and verified its impact on conceptual representation. In Experiment 1, participants explored and categorized novel concrete and abstract entities, and were taught a novel label for each category. Later they performed a categorical recognition task and an image-word matching task to verify a whether and how the introduction of language changed the previously formed categories, b whether language had a major weight for abstract than for concrete words representation, and c whether this difference had consequences on bodily responses. The results confirm that, even though both concrete and abstract concepts are grounded, language facilitates the acquisition of the latter and plays a major role in their representation, resulting in faster responses with the mouth, typically associated with language production. Experiment 2 was a rating test aiming to verify whether the findings of Experiment 1 were simply due to heterogeneity, i.e. to the fact that the members of abstract categories were more heterogeneous than those of concrete categories. The results confirmed the effectiveness of our operationalization, showing that abstract concepts are more associated with the mouth and concrete ones with the hand, independently from heterogeneity.

  18. Designing, Developing, and Implementing a Course on LEGO Robotics for Technology Teacher Education

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    Chambers, Joan M.; Carbonaro, Mike

    2003-01-01

    Within a constructivist philosophy of learning, teachers, as students, are introduced to different perspectives of teaching with robotic technology while immersed in what Papert called a "constructionist" environment. Robotics allows students to creatively explore computer programming, mechanical design and construction, problem solving,…

  19. The Malleability of Spatial Ability under Treatment of a FIRST LEGO League-Based Robotics Unit

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    Coxon, Steven Vincent

    2012-01-01

    Spatial ability is important to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) success, but spatial talents are rarely developed in schools. Likewise, the gifted may become STEM innovators, but they are rarely provided with pedagogy appropriate to develop their abilities in schools. A stratified random sample of volunteer participants (n = 75)…

  20. The Malleability of Spatial Ability under Treatment of a FIRST LEGO League-Based Robotics Simulation

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    Coxon, Steve V.

    2012-01-01

    A stratified random sample of volunteer participants (N = 75) aged 9 to 14 was drawn from 16 public school districts' gifted programs, including as many females (n = 28) and children from groups traditionally underrepresented in gifted programs (n = 18) as available. Participants were randomly divided into an experimental (n = 38) and a control…

  1. Flow Experience in Design Thinking and Practical Synergies with Lego Serious Play

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    Primus, Dirk J.; Sonnenburg, Stephan

    2018-01-01

    The flow experience can be an important precursor to high levels of creativity and innovation. Prior work has identified and conceptualized the key elements of the flow experience in cocreative activities as individual flow corridor, individual flow feeling, and group flow. Surprisingly, the flow experience is underrepresented in theory and…

  2. A Kinesthetic Activity Using LEGO Bricks and Buckets for Illustrating the Regulation of Blood Sugar

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    Urschler, Margaret; Meidl, Katherine; Browning, Samantha; Khan, Basima; Milanick, Mark

    2015-01-01

    This article describes how, when first faced with understanding blood sugar regulation, students often resort to simple memorization.Many students would like to get more involved with the conceptual framework but do not know how to start. The authors have developed an activity based on the Modell approach, a "view from the inside." This…

  3. Learning lean with lego: developing and evaluating the efficacy of a serious game

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    Fabiano Leal

    Full Text Available Abstract This study presents the use of a serious game developed to teach Lean philosophy. The structure of this game was built from theoretical elements and predefined learning events. Learning outcomes and student motivation were considered in the evaluation of the efficacy of the game. This serious game was applied to four groups of students with different profiles. The evaluation results were compared among these groups of students. It can be concluded that the serious game developed showed positive results in learning and motivation demonstrated by the students, regardless of the group analyzed. The main contributions to the literature presented in this article were the serious game (named 3L that was developed and the efficacy evaluation method, considering the learning and motivation demonstrated in different profiles of students.

  4. Walking, Tinkertoys, and Legos: Using Movement and Manipulatives to Help Students Write.

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    Hecker, Linda

    1997-01-01

    Describes how students who are learning disabled can improve their writing skills through physical movement and manipulating visuals. Describes how movement draws on kinesthetic intelligence and manipulatives draw on spatial intelligence to help students understand language structures in nonverbal ways that may be more intuitive than verbal…

  5. Culture’s building blocks: Investigating cultural evolution in a LEGO construction task

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    McGraw, John J.; Wallot, Sebastian; Mitkidis, Panagiotis

    2014-01-01

    to culture remains little more than a suggestive trope. Whereas the modern synthesis of evolutionary theory has provided an encompassing scientific framework for the selection and transmission of biological adaptations, a convincing theory of cultural evolution has yet to emerge. One of the greatest...... challenges for theorists is identifying the appropriate time scales and units of analysis in order to reduce the intractably large and complex phenomenon of “culture” into its component “building blocks.” In this paper, we present a model for scientifically investigating cultural processes by analyzing...

  6. Evolution in Lego. A physical simulation of adaptation by natural selection

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    Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob; Kanneworff, Morten

    2009-01-01

    En simulering af mekanismen bag naturlig udvælgelse ved at bruge legorger, organismer bygget af 6 legoklodser, og med en genetisk kode, der bestemmer hvordan klodserne er placeret og dermed formen på dyret. Legorgerne tildeles fitness efter, hvor langt de kan bevæge sig. Efter fem generationers s...

  7. Building the Foundations and Enterprise Capabilities for Digital Leadership: The Lego Experience

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    El Sawy, Omar; Kræmmergaard, Pernille; Amsinck, Henrik

    2015-01-01

    -and-mortar companies to be competitively successful in this new dynamic environment, a major organizational transformation for digitalization is needed and critical. While such transformations are not unusual, it is less clear how an enterprise can effectively build the foundations and nurture the path to enterprise...... digital leadership as they undergo large organizational transformations and position themselves for the future. We define digital leadership for the enterprise as doing the right things for the strategic success of digitalization for the enterprise and its business ecosystem. How does an enterprise...... develop the internal capabilities for digital leadership in organizational transformation? What are the requisite digitalization moves around products, in marketing, with partners, within the enterprise business areas, and within the IT organization? How do these digitalization moves help enterprises...

  8. SISTEMA DE TRANSPORTE Y EMBALAJE UTILIZANDO ROBÓTICA COOPERATIVA BASADA EN TEORÍA DE COLONIAS DE HORMIGAS MEDIANTE PLATAFORMA MINDSTORM DE LEGO®

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    Julian Rolando Camargo Lopez

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta una propuesta que sugiere el siguiente paso evolutivo de la automatización (y más aún de la ejecución manual: la robótica cooperativa, aquí se muestra un sistema enfocado a la selección y embalaje, etapa final de la mayoría de procesos industriales. El problema fue abordado con agentes robóticos con diferentes características que trabajan emulando la organización de una colonia de hormigas, haciendo de estas etapas un proceso eficiente, eficaz y de gran flexibilidad ante los cambios de la producción.

  9. A Remote Lab for Experiments with a Team of Mobile Robots

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    Marco Casini

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a remote lab for experimenting with a team of mobile robots is presented. Robots are built with the LEGO Mindstorms technology and user-defined control laws can be directly coded in the Matlab programming language and validated on the real system. The lab is versatile enough to be used for both teaching and research purposes. Students can easily go through a number of predefined mobile robotics experiences without having to worry about robot hardware or low-level programming languages. More advanced experiments can also be carried out by uploading custom controllers. The capability to have full control of the vehicles, together with the possibility to define arbitrarily complex environments through the definition of virtual obstacles, makes the proposed facility well suited to quickly test and compare different control laws in a real-world scenario. Moreover, the user can simulate the presence of different types of exteroceptive sensors on board of the robots or a specific communication architecture among the agents, so that decentralized control strategies and motion coordination algorithms can be easily implemented and tested. A number of possible applications and real experiments are presented in order to illustrate the main features of the proposed mobile robotics remote lab.

  10. Evaluación de las técnicas de planificación de movimientos, Descomposición exacta trapezoidal y Descomposición adaptativa de celdas a través de mallas

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    Carlos Andrés Veléz Carvajal

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Compara el desempeño de dos técnicas de planificación de movimientos: la descomposición exacta trapezoidal y la descomposición adaptativa de celdas a través de mallas. Ambas técnicas se implementaron en robots móviles Lego Mindstorms, bajo el ambiente de desarrollo Java-LeJOS. Su evaluación se realizó en tres ambientes de prueba, asumiendo la geometría del robot de dos maneras: como un punto y como un círculo en el espacio. Esta evaluación permitió ver que la descomposición exacta presenta trayectorias más cortas que la adaptativa; que su desempeño es similar en cuanto al error generado en la localización real final del robot; y que ambas técnicas permiten hallar caminos con menor distancia cuando se considera la geometría del robot como un círculo, que cuando se considera como un punto, ya que se delimitan opciones de recorridos más cercanos a la realidad. 

  11. CuriousMind photographer: distract the robot from its initial task

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    Vincent Courboulay

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Mainly present in industry, robots begin to invade our every-day lives for very precise tasks. In order to reach a level where more general robots get involved in our lives, the robots' abilities to communicate and to react to unexpected situations must be improved. This paper introduces an attentive computational model for robots as attention can help both in reacting to unexpected situations and to help improving human-robot communication. We propose to enhance and implement an existing real time computational model. Intensity, color and orientation are usually used but we have added information related to depth and isolation. We have built a robotic system based on LEGO Mindstorm platform and the Kinect RGB-D sensor. This robot, called CuriousMind, is able to take a picture of the most interesting part of the scene and it can also be distracted from its first goal by novel situations mimicking in that way the human (and more precisely small children behaviour.

  12. TRANSPORTE COOPERATIVO DE OBJETOS CON UNA PLATAFORMA MÓVIL EN UN ENTORNO ESTRUCTURADO

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    Edwin Andres Beltran Gonzalez

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available La robótica cooperativa busca diseñar sistemas compuestos de varios robots capaces de resolver problemas conjuntamente, de tal manera que dicha implementación puede llevar consigo distintos tipos de control (centralizado o distribuido, de esta manera una de las aplicaciones en esta línea de investigación es el transporte de objetos mediante distintas estrategias que van desde el empuje, la sujeción y arrastre de los objetos; tales trabajos se han presentado desde la década de los 90 hasta el día de hoy. El enfoque del presente artículo busca mostrar el desarrollo e implementación de una plataforma robótica cooperativa aplicada al transporte de objetos largos a través de un entorno estructurado utilizando las herramientas que provee el kit Lego Mindstorms RCX 2.0 y el grupo de investigación en robótica móvil autónoma ROMA.

  13. The influence of mechatronic learning systems on creative problem solving of pupils participating in technology class A pilot study

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    Kai-Christian Tönnsen

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Without being creative and finding solutions for various problems of life mankind wouldn’t be what it is today. Problem solving always has been a key ability for development, in the past, the present and it will also be a key for the future. Creative problem solving is one of the most important ways of technical thinking and acting. Therefore, the ability of finding solutions for problems and realizing them is a primary goal for technological education, especially if it is part of a comprehensive school education. It can be assumed that the available resources affect the possibilities and the result of problem solving processes. In terms of technology classes there are numerous resources that aim for the development of pupils’ creative problem solving skills like for instance mechatronic educational environments (MEEs. Unfortunately there is currently no test instrument for rating the influence of these MEEs on the outcome in terms of creative technical problem solving processes. Therefore, we designed a trial for such purpose and tested it in a pilot study: 33 students (9th grade, average age of 15.24 years of comprehensive schools were given a problem, which had to be solved using three different MEEs. Solutions found by the students have been documented and analyzed to identify system characteristics which enhance or inhibit the creative outcome.Key words: Creative problem solving, technology education, mechatronic educational environments, Festo MecLab, Fischertechnik RoboTX, Lego Mindstorms EV3

  14. A remote lab for experiments with a team of mobile robots.

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    Casini, Marco; Garulli, Andrea; Giannitrapani, Antonio; Vicino, Antonio

    2014-09-04

    In this paper, a remote lab for experimenting with a team of mobile robots is presented. Robots are built with the LEGO Mindstorms technology and user-defined control laws can be directly coded in the Matlab programming language and validated on the real system. The lab is versatile enough to be used for both teaching and research purposes. Students can easily go through a number of predefined mobile robotics experiences without having to worry about robot hardware or low-level programming languages. More advanced experiments can also be carried out by uploading custom controllers. The capability to have full control of the vehicles, together with the possibility to define arbitrarily complex environments through the definition of virtual obstacles, makes the proposed facility well suited to quickly test and compare different control laws in a real-world scenario. Moreover, the user can simulate the presence of different types of exteroceptive sensors on board of the robots or a specific communication architecture among the agents, so that decentralized control strategies and motion coordination algorithms can be easily implemented and tested. A number of possible applications and real experiments are presented in order to illustrate the main features of the proposed mobile robotics remote lab.

  15. An Adaptive Web-Based Support to e-Education in Robotics and Automation

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    di Giamberardino, Paolo; Temperini, Marco

    The paper presents the hardware and software architecture of a remote laboratory, with robotics and automation applications, devised to support e-teaching and e-learning activities, at an undergraduate level in computer engineering. The hardware is composed by modular structures, based on the Lego Mindstorms components: they are reasonably sophisticated in terms of functions, pretty easy to use, and sufficiently affordable in terms of cost. Moreover, being the robots intrinsically modular, wrt the number and distribution of sensors and actuators, they are easily and quickly reconfigurable. A web application makes the laboratory and its robots available via internet. The software framework allows the teacher to define, for the course under her/his responsibility, a learning path made of different and differently complex exercises, graduated in terms of the "difficulty" they require to meet and of the "competence" that the solver is supposed to have shown. The learning path of exercises is adapted to the individual learner's progressively growing competence: at any moment, only a subset of the exercises is available (depending on how close their levels of competence and difficulty are to those of the exercises already solved by the learner).

  16. Embedded Systems Programming: Accessing Databases from Esterel

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    Full Text Available A current limitation in embedded controller design and programming is the lack of database support in development tools such as Esterel Studio. This article proposes a way of integrating databases and Esterel by providing two application programming interfaces (APIs which enable the use of relational databases inside Esterel programs. As databases and Esterel programs are often executed on different machines, result sets returned as responses to database queries may be processed either locally and according to Esterel’s synchrony hypothesis, or remotely along several of Esterel’s execution cycles. These different scenarios are reflected in the design and usage rules of the two APIs presented in this article, which rely on Esterel’s facilities for extending the language by external data types, external functions, and procedures, as well as tasks. The APIs’ utility is demonstrated by means of a case study modelling an automated warehouse storage system, which is constructed using Lego Mindstorms robotics kits. The robot’s controller is programmed in Esterel in a way that takes dynamic ordering information and the warehouse’s floor layout into account, both of which are stored in a MySQL database.

  17. Tema 1: Programmering af robotenheder i grundskolen

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    Stine Ejsing-Duun

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available I denne artikel undersøger vi potentialerne for at lære matematik gennem programmering af robotter. Vi foreslår en model med tre indbyrdes afhængige læringspotentialer, som programmering fordrer. Det omfatter elevens evne til at; (1 tænke i algoritmer, (2 producere viden og artefakter gennem brug af matematik og (3 foretage abstraktion og indkapsling. Programmering er blevet en del af grundskolens læringsmål i flere lande. I Danmark er programmering et læringsmål i forenklede fælles mål for Fysik/Kemi og desuden en del af den nationale undervisningsvejledning for matematik. En analyse af potentialerne i at anvende programmering i forbindelse med disse fag er derfor væsentlig. I denne artikel fokuserer vi på samspillet mellem matematik og programmering gennem litteraturstudier og analyse af empiriske situationer fra undervisning i programmering af LEGO Mindstorms. Teoretisk anvendes den instrumentelle tilgang til teknologi i matematikundervisning. Analysen viser en række måder, hvorpå didaktisk opmærksomhed på epistemisk forhandling kan understøtte læring af matematik gennem programmering.

  18. Unibot, a Universal Agent Architecture for Robots

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    Saša Mladenović

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Today there are numerous robots in different applications domains despite the fact that they still have limitations in perception, actuation and decision process. Consequently, robots usually have limited autonomy, they are domain specific or have difficulty to adapt on new environments. Learning is the property that makes an agent intelligent and the crucial property that a robot should have to proliferate into the human society. Embedding the learning ability into the robot may simplify the development of the robot control mechanism. The motivation for this research is to develop the agent architecture of the universal robot – Unibot. In our approach the agent is the robot i.e. Unibot that acts in the physical world and is capable of learning. The Unibot conducts several simultaneous simulations of a problem of interest like path-finding. The novelty in our approach is the Multi-Agent Decision Support System which is developed and integrated into the Unibot agent architecture in order to execute simultaneous simulations. Furthermore, the Unibot calculates and evaluates between multiple solutions, decides which action should be performed and performs the action. The prototype of the Unibot agent architecture is described and evaluated in the experiment supported by the Lego Mindstorms robot and the NetLogo.

  19. Agent-based human-robot interaction of a combat bulldozer

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    Granot, Reuven; Feldman, Maxim

    2004-09-01

    A small-scale supervised autonomous bulldozer in a remote site was developed to experience agent based human intervention. The model is based on Lego Mindstorms kit and represents combat equipment, whose job performance does not require high accuracy. The model enables evaluation of system response for different operator interventions, as well as for a small colony of semiautonomous dozers. The supervising human may better react than a fully autonomous system to unexpected contingent events, which are a major barrier to implement full autonomy. The automation is introduced as improved Man Machine Interface (MMI) by developing control agents as intelligent tools to negotiate between human requests and task level controllers as well as negotiate with other elements of the software environment. Current UGVs demand significant communication resources and constant human operation. Therefore they will be replaced by semi-autonomous human supervisory controlled systems (telerobotic). For human intervention at the low layers of the control hierarchy we suggest a task oriented control agent to take care of the fluent transition between the state in which the robot operates and the one imposed by the human. This transition should take care about the imperfections, which are responsible for the improper operation of the robot, by disconnecting or adapting them to the new situation. Preliminary conclusions from the small-scale experiments are presented.

  20. The MainSTREAM component platform: a holistic approach to microfluidic system design.

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    Sabourin, David; Skafte-Pedersen, Peder; Søe, Martin Jensen; Hemmingsen, Mette; Alberti, Massimo; Coman, Vasile; Petersen, Jesper; Emnéus, Jenny; Kutter, Jörg P; Snakenborg, Detlef; Jørgensen, Flemming; Clausen, Christian; Holmstrøm, Kim; Dufva, Martin

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    A microfluidic component library for building systems driving parallel or serial microfluidic-based assays is presented. The components are a miniaturized eight-channel peristaltic pump, an eight-channel valve, sample-to-waste liquid management, and interconnections. The library of components was tested by constructing various systems supporting perfusion cell culture, automated DNA hybridizations, and in situ hybridizations. The results showed that the MainSTREAM components provided (1) a rapid, robust, and simple method to establish numerous fluidic inputs and outputs to various types of reaction chips; (2) highly parallel pumping and routing/valving capability; (3) methods to interface pumps and chip-to-liquid management systems; (4) means to construct a portable system; (5) reconfigurability/flexibility in system design; (6) means to interface to microscopes; and (7) compatibility with tested biological methods. It was found that LEGO Mindstorms motors, controllers, and software were robust, inexpensive, and an accessible choice as compared with corresponding custom-made actuators. MainSTREAM systems could operate continuously for weeks without leaks, contamination, or system failures. In conclusion, the MainSTREAM components described here meet many of the demands on components for constructing and using microfluidics systems.

  1. Tema 1: Programmering af robotenheder i grundskolen

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    Stine Ejsing-Duun

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available I denne artikel undersøger vi potentialerne for at lære matematik gennem programmering af robotter. Vi foreslår en model med tre indbyrdes afhængige læringspotentialer, som programmering fordrer. Det omfatter elevens evne til at; (1 tænke i algoritmer, (2 producere viden og artefakter gennem brug af matematik og (3 foretage abstraktion og indkapsling. Programmering er blevet en del af grundskolens læringsmål i flere lande. I Danmark er programmering et læringsmål i forenklede fælles mål for Fysik/Kemi og desuden en del af den nationale undervisningsvejledning for matematik. En analyse af potentialerne i at anvende programmering i forbindelse med disse fag er derfor væsentlig. I denne artikel fokuserer vi på samspillet mellem matematik og programmering gennem litteraturstudier og analyse af empiriske situationer fra undervisning i programmering af LEGO Mindstorms. Teoretisk anvendes den instrumentelle tilgang til teknologi i matematikundervisning. Analysen viser en række måder, hvorpå didaktisk opmærksomhed på epistemisk forhandling kan understøtte læring af matematik gennem programmering.

  2. Embedded Systems Programming: Accessing Databases from Esterel

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    White David

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A current limitation in embedded controller design and programming is the lack of database support in development tools such as Esterel Studio. This article proposes a way of integrating databases and Esterel by providing two application programming interfaces (APIs which enable the use of relational databases inside Esterel programs. As databases and Esterel programs are often executed on different machines, result sets returned as responses to database queries may be processed either locally and according to Esterel's synchrony hypothesis, or remotely along several of Esterel's execution cycles. These different scenarios are reflected in the design and usage rules of the two APIs presented in this article, which rely on Esterel's facilities for extending the language by external data types, external functions, and procedures, as well as tasks. The APIs' utility is demonstrated by means of a case study modelling an automated warehouse storage system, which is constructed using Lego Mindstorms robotics kits. The robot's controller is programmed in Esterel in a way that takes dynamic ordering information and the warehouse's floor layout into account, both of which are stored in a MySQL database.

  3. Evaluación de las técnicas de planificación de movimientos, Descomposición exacta trapezoidal y Descomposición adaptativa de celdas a través de mallas

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    Ingrid Durley Torres Pardo

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Compara el desempeño de dos técnicas de planificación de movimientos: la descomposición exacta trapezoidal y la descomposición adaptativa de celdas a través de mallas. Ambas técnicas se implementaron en robots móviles Lego Mindstorms, bajo el ambiente de desarrollo Java-LeJOS. Su evaluación se realizó en tres ambientes de prueba, asumiendo la geometría del robot de dos maneras: como un punto y como un círculo en el espacio. Esta evaluación permitió ver que la descomposición exacta presenta trayectorias más cortas que la adaptativa; que su desempeño es similar en cuanto al error generado en la localización real final del robot; y que ambas técnicas permiten hallar caminos con menor distancia cuando se considera la geometría del robot como un círculo, que cuando se considera como un punto, ya que se delimitan opciones de recorridos más cercanos a la realidad.

  4. aplicadas a navegação autônoma de robôs

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    Sidnei Alves de Araújo

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Diante da necessidade de melhorar a qualidade dos produtos e otimizar o tempo dos processos de sua fabricação, as pesquisas relativas à automação e robótica têm sido intensificadas. Neste trabalho, apresenta-se um sistema de navegação autônoma de robôs utilizando o kit Lego Mindstorms. O método de navegação proposto é baseado em mecanismos de visão computacional que descrevem o ambiente para que o robô possa tomar decisões. O robô, com base nas informações recebidas sobre seu posicionamento, posição do alvo e dos obstáculos, deve decidir o trajeto a fazer para atingir o objetivo. Neste estudo, são discutidos detalhes da implementação e das técnicas utilizadas bem como os resultados experimentais.

  5. Caregiver and social assistant robot for rehabilitation and coaching for the elderly.

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    Pérez, P J; Garcia-Zapirain, B; Mendez-Zorrilla, A

    2015-01-01

    Socially assistive robotics (SAR) has been a major field of investigation during the last decade and, as it develops, the groups the technology can be applied to and all ways in which these can be assisted are rapidly increasing. The main objective is to design and develop a complete robotic agent, so that it performs physical and mental activities for elderly people to maintain their healthy life habits and, as a final result, improve their quality of life. LEGO Mindstorms NXT® robot's unique capacity for adaptability and engaging its users to develop coaching activities and assistive rehabilitation for the elderly. Such activities will aim to enhance healthy habits and provide training in physical and mental rehabilitation. The robot is attached to an iPod Touch that acts as its interface. The robot has been tested by a voluntary group of residents, also from that retirement home. Results in the variables of the questionnaire show scores above 4 points out of 5 for all the categories. Based on the tests, an easy to use Robot is prepared to deliver basic coaching for physical activities as proposed by the client, the staff of La Misericordia, who confirmed their satisfaction regarding this aspect.

  6. PhoneSat: Ground Testing of a Phone-Based Prototype Bus

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    Felix, Carmen; Howard, Benjamin; Reyes, Matthew; Snarskiy, Fedor; Hickman, Ryan; Boshuizen, Christopher; Marshall, William

    2010-01-01

    Most of the key capabilities that are requisite of a satellite bus are housed in today's smart phones. PhoneSat refers to an initiative to build a ground-based prototype vehicle that could all the basic functionality of a satellite, including attitude control, using a smart Phone as its central hardware. All components used were also low cost Commercial off the Shelf (COTS). In summer 2009, an initial prototype was created using the LEGO Mindstorm toolkit demonstrating simple attitude control. Here we report on a follow up initiative to design, build and test a vehicle based on the Google s smart phone Nexus One. The report includes results from initial thermal-vacuum chamber tests and low altitude sub-orbital rocket flights which show that, at least for short durations, the Nexus One phone is able to withstand key aspects of the space environment without failure. We compare the sensor data from the Phone's accelerometers and magnetometers with that of an external microelectronic inertial measurement unit.

  7. Virtual Character Animation Based on Affordable Motion Capture and Reconfigurable Tangible Interfaces.

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    Lamberti, Fabrizio; Paravati, Gianluca; Gatteschi, Valentina; Cannavo, Alberto; Montuschi, Paolo

    2018-05-01

    Software for computer animation is generally characterized by a steep learning curve, due to the entanglement of both sophisticated techniques and interaction methods required to control 3D geometries. This paper proposes a tool designed to support computer animation production processes by leveraging the affordances offered by articulated tangible user interfaces and motion capture retargeting solutions. To this aim, orientations of an instrumented prop are recorded together with animator's motion in the 3D space and used to quickly pose characters in the virtual environment. High-level functionalities of the animation software are made accessible via a speech interface, thus letting the user control the animation pipeline via voice commands while focusing on his or her hands and body motion. The proposed solution exploits both off-the-shelf hardware components (like the Lego Mindstorms EV3 bricks and the Microsoft Kinect, used for building the tangible device and tracking animator's skeleton) and free open-source software (like the Blender animation tool), thus representing an interesting solution also for beginners approaching the world of digital animation for the first time. Experimental results in different usage scenarios show the benefits offered by the designed interaction strategy with respect to a mouse & keyboard-based interface both for expert and non-expert users.

  8. "Lego My Keego!": An Analysis of Language Play in a Beginning Japanese as a Foreign Language Classroom

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    Bushnell, Cade

    2009-01-01

    In this article, I present an analysis of talk-in-interaction from an introductory Japanese as a foreign language classroom at an American university. An examination of the data revealed language play (LP) to be a highly salient feature of the participants' interactions. LP has come into increasing focus in the second language acquisition research…

  9. LEGOS: Object-based software components for mission-critical systems. Final report, June 1, 1995--December 31, 1997

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    1998-08-01

    An estimated 85% of the installed base of software is a custom application with a production quantity of one. In practice, almost 100% of military software systems are custom software. Paradoxically, the marginal costs of producing additional units are near zero. So why hasn`t the software market, a market with high design costs and low productions costs evolved like other similar custom widget industries, such as automobiles and hardware chips? The military software industry seems immune to market pressures that have motivated a multilevel supply chain structure in other widget industries: design cost recovery, improve quality through specialization, and enable rapid assembly from purchased components. The primary goal of the ComponentWare Consortium (CWC) technology plan was to overcome barriers to building and deploying mission-critical information systems by using verified, reusable software components (Component Ware). The adoption of the ComponentWare infrastructure is predicated upon a critical mass of the leading platform vendors` inevitable adoption of adopting emerging, object-based, distributed computing frameworks--initially CORBA and COM/OLE. The long-range goal of this work is to build and deploy military systems from verified reusable architectures. The promise of component-based applications is to enable developers to snap together new applications by mixing and matching prefabricated software components. A key result of this effort is the concept of reusable software architectures. A second important contribution is the notion that a software architecture is something that can be captured in a formal language and reused across multiple applications. The formalization and reuse of software architectures provide major cost and schedule improvements. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is fast becoming the industry standard for object-oriented analysis and design notation for object-based systems. However, the lack of a standard real-time distributed object operating system, lack of a standard Computer-Aided Software Environment (CASE) tool notation and lack of a standard CASE tool repository has limited the realization of component software. The approach to fulfilling this need is the software component factory innovation. The factory approach takes advantage of emerging standards such as UML, CORBA, Java and the Internet. The key technical innovation of the software component factory is the ability to assemble and test new system configurations as well as assemble new tools on demand from existing tools and architecture design repositories.

  10. Irregular breathing during 4DCT scanning of lung cancer patients: is the midventilation approach robust?

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    Aznar, Marianne C; Persson, Gitte F; Kofoed, Inger M; Nygaard, Ditte E; Korreman, Stine S

    2014-02-01

    With 4DCT the risk of introducing positional systematic errors in lung cancer radiotherapy can be minimised. A common approach is to plan on the phase bin of the 4DCT best representing the tumour's time-weighted mean position also called the midventilation scan. However breathing irregularities can introduce uncertainties and potentially misrepresent both the tumour trajectory and the determination of the midventilation phase. In this study we evaluated the robustness of the midventilation approach in the presence of irregular breathing patterns. A LEGO Mindstorms(®) phantom with compact balls simulating lung tumours was constructed. The breathing curves loaded in the phantom were either acquired from a human volunteer or constructed with various magnitudes (ranging from 12 to 29 mm) as well as various irregularities of motion pattern. Repeated 4DCT scans were performed while tumour trajectories were recorded with two motion tracking systems. The time-weighted mean tumour position is accurately represented in 4DCT scans, even for irregular breathing patterns: the position presentation in the midventilation scan was always within in one standard deviation of the global position presentation (3 mm and 2 mm for regular and irregular breathing patterns, respectively). The displacement representation tended to be underestimated in 4DCT scans. The midventilation approach is robust even in the presence of breathing irregularity. The representation of the tumour trajectory in 4DCT scans is affected by breathing irregularity and the extent of tumour motion can be underestimated, which will affect the calculation of patient-individualised margins based on the 4DCT scan. Copyright © 2013 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Silane grafted natural rubber and its compatibilization effect on silica-reinforced rubber tire compounds

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    Sengloyluan, K.; Sahakaro, K.; Dierkes, W. K.; Noordermeer, J. W.M.

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    Natural Rubber (NR) grafted with 3-octanoylthio-1-propyltriethoxysilane (NXT) was prepared by melt mixing using 1,1′-di(tert-butylperoxy)-3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexane as initiator at 140 °C with NXT contents of 10 and 20 parts per hundred rubber [phr] and initiator 0.1 phr. The silane grafted on NR

  12. Creencias sobre la madurez psicológica en adultos dominicanos: un estudio sobre sus dimensiones evolutivas y de personalidad desde la perspectiva del conocimiento lego

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    Núñez Fernández, Ramón Onésimo

    2015-01-01

    Uno de los constructos psicológicos elaborados por la psicología más empleado, pero menos definido con precisión es el de la “madurez psicológica” o “madurez personal”; y aunque hoy día podemos encontrar definiciones de algún modo explicitas sobre el constructo en esencia poco nos dicen sobre su significado social. El interés fundamental de esta tesis está basado en la exploración de las creencias e ideas que tienes las personas adultas acerca del contructo de madurez personal y las dimension...

  13. COMPARACIÓN DE LA PERCEPCIÓN ESTÉTICA DE LA SONRISA ENTRE ESPECIALISTAS DE ORTODONCIA, ESTUDIANTES DE ORTODONCIA, ODONTÓLOGOS Y LEGOS

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    García Garza, Edith Briceida

    2012-01-01

    Antecedentes: Una de las características de la estética facial que sin duda resalta a la vista es la sonrisa. Una sonrisa atractiva es fuertemente relacionada con rasgos de la personalidad como calidez, calma, extroversión, y baja ansiedad. Uno de los aspectos más importantes de la estética facial y dental es la exposición vertical anterior de los dientes. Desafortunadamente los dientes no siempre están en balance con las estructuras faciales adyacentes. Lo que puede afectar la...

  14. Space technology and robotics in school projects

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    Villias, Georgios

    2016-04-01

    Space-related educational activities is a very inspiring and attractive way to involve students into science courses, present them the variety of STEM careers that they can follow, while giving them at the same time the opportunity to develop various practical and communication skills necessary for their future professional development. As part of a large scale extracurricular course in Space Science, Space Technology and Robotics that has been introduced in our school, our students, divided in smaller groups of 3-4 students in each, try to understand the challenges that current and future space exploration is facing. Following a mixture of an inquiry-based learning methodology and hands-on practical activities related with constructions and experiments, students get a glimpse of the pre-mentioned fields. Our main goal is to gain practical knowledge and inspiration from the exciting field of Space, to attain an adequate level of team spirit and effective cooperation, while developing technical and research data-mining skills. We use the following two approaches: 1. Constructive (Technical) approach Designing and constructing various customized robotic machines, that will simulate the future space exploration vehicles and satellites needed to study the atmosphere, surface and subsurface of planets, moons or other planetary bodies of our solar system that have shown some promising indications for the existence of life, taking seriously into account their special characteristics and known existing conditions (like Mars, Titan, Europa & Enceladus). The STEM tools we use are the following: - LEGO Mindstorms: to construct rovers for surface exploration. - Hydrobots: an MIT's SeaPerch program for the construction of submarine semi-autonomous robots. - CanSats: Arduino-based microsatellites able to receive, record & transmit data. - Space balloons: appropriate for high altitude atmospheric measurements & photography. 2. Scientific approach Conducting interesting physics

  15. Up-Regulation of CYP2C19 Expression by BuChang NaoXinTong via PXR Activation in HepG2 Cells.

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    Hong Sun

    Full Text Available Cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19 is an important drug-metabolizing enzyme (DME, which is responsible for the biotransformation of several kinds of drugs such as proton pump inhibitors, platelet aggregation inhibitors and antidepressants. Previous studies showed that Buchang NaoXinTong capsules (NXT increased the CYP2C19 metabolic activity in vitro and enhanced the antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel in vivo. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remained unclear. In the present study, we examined whether Pregnane X receptor (PXR plays a role in NXT-mediated regulation of CYP2C19 expression.We applied luciferase assays, real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR, Western blotting and cell-based analysis of metabolic activity experiments to investigate the NXT regulatory effects on the CYP2C19 promoter activity, the mRNA/ protein expression and the metabolic activity.Our results demonstrated that NXT significantly increased the CYP2C19 promoter activity when co-transfected with PXR in HepG2 cells. Mutations in PXR responsive element abolished the NXT inductive effects on the CYP2C19 promoter transcription. Additionally, NXT incubation (150 and 250μg/mL also markedly up-regulated endogenous CYP2C19 mRNA and protein levels in PXR-transfected HepG2 cells. Correspondingly, NXT leaded to a significant enhancement of the CYP2C19 catalytic activity in PXR-transfected HepG2 cells.In summary, this is the first study to suggest that NXT could induce CYP2C19 expression via PXR activation.

  16. LEGO-inspired drug design: Discovery of novel fungal Plasma membrane H+-ATPase (Pma1) inhibitors from small molecule libraries: An introduction of HFSA-SBS_DOS-RD strategy in drug discovery

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    Tung, Truong Thanh; Dao, Trong Tuan; Palmgren, Michael B.

    Fungal plasma membrane H+-ATPase (Pma1) has recently emerged as a potential target for the discovery of new antifungal agents. This p-type pump which localized on the surface of fungal cells plays a crucial role in many physiol. functions and processes inside the cell. Esp., by pumping proton......-oriented synthesis (SBS_DOS) and rational design (RD), so called HFSA-SBS_DOS-RD strategy in drug discovery and development process. Using HFSA-SBS_DOS-RD, our group successfully designed, synthesized, and performed SAR studies of novel compds. potent Pma1 inhibitors. An expeditious, high yield and scalable...... microwave-assisted synthesis was developed and applied for synthesis of library compds. To our delight, ours compd. libraries were able to inhibit Pma1 activity and growth inhibitory activity of C. albican and S. cerevisiae revealed the most promising example for future development of antifungal drugs...

  17. LEGO-inspired drug design: Discovery of novel fungal Plasma membrane H+-ATPase (Pma1) inhibitors from small molecule libraries: An introduction of HFSA-SBS_DOS-RD strategy in drug discovery.

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    Tung, Truong Thanh; Dao, Trong Tuan; Palmgren, Michael B.; Fuglsang, Anja T.; Christensen, Soeren B.; Nielsen, John.

    2017-01-01

    Fungal plasma membrane H+-ATPase (Pma1) has recently emerged as a potential target for the discovery of new antifungal agents. This p-type pump which localized on the surface of fungal cells plays a crucial role in many physiol. functions and processes inside the cell. Esp., by pumping proton to extracellular, this enzyme generates a transmembrane electrochem. gradient, as a consequence, fungi can uptake nutrients by secondary transport systems. Until now, only low resoln. of protein structur...

  18. A aproximação das Olimpíadas e a questão tibetana: um novo fôlego para a conquista de direitos e liberdades no teto do mundo

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    Wilson Tadashi Muraki Junior

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Com a aproximação das olimpiadas de Beijing, manifestações contra o governo comunista chinês surgiram na região do Tibete.  A partir disso o presente artigo busca analisar as origens dessas insurgências e a repercussão internacional por elas geradas.

  19. MM96.61 Resultater fra projektet "Nordisk audit af koordinatmålmaskiner"

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    Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    1996-01-01

    Results from the project "Nordic audit of coordinate measuring machines". Presentation at the 4th seminar on coordinate metrology september 1997 LEGO, Billund.......Results from the project "Nordic audit of coordinate measuring machines". Presentation at the 4th seminar on coordinate metrology september 1997 LEGO, Billund....

  20. Condensation Polymerization

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    At first, let us begin by treating molecules as LEGO-type building blocks with certain strict rules for linking them; a ball can readily fit with a socket, ... is essentially the process of polycondensation or step-growth polymerization. Before we leave this LEGO-style discussion, I would leave you with two alternate scenarios; one is.

  1. E-infocenter, a visual tool for project management in educational robotics using web technologies E-infocenter, Una herramienta visual para la gestión de proyectos en robótica educativa usando tecnologías web

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    Kathia Pittí Patiño

    2012-07-01

    -tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Las tecnologías como Internet y la robótica educativa, caracterizadas por ser relativamente nuevas y motivadoras,  son el escenario ideal para la aplicación de los métodos activos de enseñanza, tal es el caso del aprendizaje basado en proyectos. La realización de proyectos con robots apoyados por el entorno colaborativo de la Web 2.0, puede ayudar al alumnado a desarrollar una serie de competencias transferibles al ámbito laboral.   En este artículo se describe el proceso de selección, diseño e implementación de una herramienta visual en línea denominada E-infocenter para la gestión de proyectos. Esta herramienta ha sido utilizada por primera vez durante seis semanas en el Taller Vehicles NXT con robots LEGO, dirigido a niños de edades comprendidas entre 8 y 15 años. Los beneficios percibidos por los participantes han sido a nivel de gestión, emocional y de colaboración.

  2. Browse Title Index

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    Items 3901 - 3950 of 4029 ... Vol 105, No 5 (2015), Use of vaccines as a key antimicrobial stewardship strategy, Abstract PDF. AJ Brink, GA Richards. Vol 107, No 10 (2017), User perspectives on Implanon NXT in South Africa: A survey of 12 public-sector facilities, Abstract PDF. D Pillay, MF Chersich, C Morroni, M Pleaner, ...

  3. Coronary plaque quantification and fractional flow reserve by coronary computed tomography angiography identify ischaemia-causing lesions

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    Gaur, Sara; Øvrehus, Kristian Altern; Dey, Damini

    2016-01-01

    tomography angiography (CTA)-derived fractional flow reserve (FFRCT), and lesion-specific ischaemia identified by FFR in a substudy of the NXT trial (Analysis of Coronary Blood Flow Using CT Angiography: Next Steps). METHODS AND RESULTS: Coronary CTA stenosis, plaque volumes, FFRCT, and FFR were assessed...

  4. Automatic analysis of multiparty meetings

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    NXT tool for annotating dialogue acts in a multiparty conversation. designer, marketing expert and interface designer), and the team participated in a series of four meetings. The meetings took place over 3–4 hours: about half of this time was spent in meetings, the remainder was spent in preparation, with each participant ...

  5. Non-palpable and difficult contraceptive implant removals: The New ...

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    2017-12-03

    Dec 3, 2017 ... Subdermal contraceptive implants are one method of long-acting reversible contraception. Implanon NXT provides ... Non-palpable and migrated implants can be removed in an outpatient setting, by doctors who are specially trained and have .... 1 amp (1.8 mL dental cartridge) containing lidocaine 1% with ...

  6. Preparing for the Downsizing and Closure of Letterman Army Medical Center: A Case Study

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    1991-06-17

    concentric cir•l". Th center cicle omfiaim activiti. related to being a cmxnity hoVital, specifically, primal and secondary patient cae. The nxt larger...Veterinary lab 5 .2 Professional officer filler system (PRUFIS) 1 .1 Medical bones 3 .1 Nuclear medicine 4 .08 Historical items 1.5 .05 Downsizirg and

  7. Naoxintong attenuates Ischaemia/reperfusion Injury through inhibiting NLRP3 inflammasome activation.

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    Wang, Yaqiong; Yan, Xiaoxiang; Mi, Shouling; Li, Zhang; Wang, Yuexiang; Zhu, Hong; Sun, Xiaolei; Zhao, Buchang; Zhao, Chao; Zou, Yunzeng; Hu, Kai; Ding, Xiaoqiang; Sun, Aijun; Ge, Junbo

    2017-01-01

    Naoxintong (NXT) is a Chinese Materia Medica standardized product extracted from 16 various kinds of Chinese traditional herbal medicines including Salvia miltiorrhiza, Angelica sinensis, Astragali Radix. Naoxintong is clinically effective in treating ischaemia heart disease. Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-Like Receptor with a Pyrin domain 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome has been critically involved in myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Here, we have been suggested that NXT might attenuate myocardial I/R injury via suppression of NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Male C57BL6 mice were subjected to myocardial I/R injury via 45 min. coronary ligation and release for the indicated times. Naoxintong (0.7 g/kg/day) and PBS were orally administrated for 2 weeks before surgery. Cardiac function assessed by echocardiography was significantly improved in the NXT group compared to PBS group at day 2 after myocardial I/R. NLRP3 inflammasome activation is crucially involved in the initial inflammatory response after myocardial I/R injury, leading to cleaved caspase-1, mature interleukin (IL)-1β production, accompanying by macrophage and neutrophil infiltration. The cardioprotective effect of NXT was associated with a diminished NLRP3 inflammasome activation, decreased pro-inflammatory macrophage (M1 macrophages) and neutrophil infiltration after myocardial I/R injury. In addition, serum levels of IL-1β, indicators of NLRP3 inflammasome activation, were also significantly suppressed in the NXT treated group after I/R injury. Naoxintong exerts cardioprotive effects at least partly by suppression of NLRP3 inflammasome activation in this I/R injury model. © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  8. Model-Checking Real-Time Control Programs

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    Iversen, T. K.; Kristoffersen, K. J.; Larsen, Kim Guldstrand

    2000-01-01

    In this paper, we present a method for automatic verification of real-time control programs running on LEGO(R) RCX(TM) bricks using the verification tool UPPALL. The control programs, consisting of a number of tasks running concurrently, are automatically translated into the mixed automata model...... of UPPAAL. The fixed scheduling algorithm used by the LEGO(R) RCX(TM) processor is modeled in UPPALL, and supply of similar (sufficient) timed automata models for the environment allows analysis of the overall real-time system using the tools of UPPALL. To illustrate our technique for sorting LEGO(R) bricks...

  9. Project Inner Brick - Colorful Plastic Bricks in Psychotherapy - An Introduction to Methodology

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    Neidert László

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available PIB is a research project pertaining to the psychotherapeutic potential of Lego bricks. This is based on Lego Group’s own method called Lego Seriousplay and Eric Berne's transactional analysis as a theoretical background. If we see it from the Lego’s aspect, our plan is a training like LSP. It is only alike because of the special application. We made a lot of modifications according to the original methodology. In this document we would like to present details of our research we have been working on for almost two years. The characteristics of our methodology will be illustrated, too.

  10. Bricklayer: An Authentic Introduction to the Functional Programming Language SML

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    Victor Winter

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Functional programming languages are seen by many as instrumental to effectively utilizing the computational power of multi-core platforms. As a result, there is growing interest to introduce functional programming and functional thinking as early as possible within the computer science curriculum. Bricklayer is an API, written in SML, that provides a set of abstractions for creating LEGO artifacts which can be viewed using LEGO Digital Designer. The goal of Bricklayer is to create a problem space (i.e., a set of LEGO artifacts that is accessible and engaging to programmers (especially novice programmers while providing an authentic introduction to the functional programming language SML.

  11. A comparative study of pseudorandom sequences used in a c-VEP based BCI for online wheelchair control

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    Isaksen, Jonas L.; Mohebbi, Ali; Puthusserypady, Sadasivan

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a c-VEP based BCI system was developed to run on three distinctive pseudorandom sequences, namely the m-code, the Gold-code, and the Barker-code. The Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs) were provoked using these codes. In the online session, subjects controlled a LEGO® Mindstorms® robot...

  12. Circulation of authorizations - Authority as a material and processuel configuration

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    Benjaminsen, Nana

    In 2006 I spent two months at a school observing 5 and 6 graders using the construction based learning game Lego Robolab, as part of My PhD project where I investigate the variation of authority figurations around technologies in school. Lego Robolab is an educational tool, which gives the students......, children, half build robots and teachers were more or less constantly moving, and circulating in the two classrooms. I argue that this is challenging what in common practise would be called the teacher's authority. Through the empirical example provided, and in line with the sociomaterial engagement...... the possibility of building objects with Lego bricks in combinations with engines and sensors, and to control their creation through a computer program.   In the example, this paper addresses, children and lego boxes were distributed to different computer workstations in two connected rooms. Electronic devises...

  13. Drag &Drop, Multiphysics & Neural Net-based Lab-on-Chip Optimization Software, Phase I

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The overall objective of this project is to develop a drag and drop, component library (fluidic lego) based, system simulation and optimization software for entire...

  14. Drag &Drop, Mixed-Methodology-based Lab-on-Chip Design Optimization Software, Phase II

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The overall objective is to develop a ?mixed-methodology?, drag and drop, component library (fluidic-lego)-based, system design and optimization tool for complex...

  15. Organizational Learning with Crowdsourcing

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    Schlagwein, Daniel; Bjørn-Andersen, Niels

    2014-01-01

    Extant organizational learning theory conceptualizes organizational learning as an internal, member-based process, sometimes supported by, yet often independent of, IT. Recently, however, several organizations have begun to involve non-members systematically in their learning by using crowdsourcing......, a form of open innovation enabled by state-of-the-art IT. We examine the phenomenon of IT-enabled organizational learning with crowdsourcing in a longitudinal revelatory case study of one such organization, LEGO (2010-14). We studied the LEGO Cuusoo crowdsourcing platform’s secret test in Japan, its...... widely recognized global launch, and its success in generating top-selling LEGO models. Based on an analysis of how crowdsourcing contributes to the organizational learning at LEGO, we propose the “ambient organizational learning” framework. The framework accommodates both traditional, member...

  16. Consumer mechatronics: a challenging playground for transducing materials and devices

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    Skjolstrup, Carl E.; Vonsild, Asbjorn L.

    2003-03-01

    The authors of this article are characterised by having a background within robotics technology, and have within the last 2-3 years moved into a material & process dominated environment. The authors are among other things responsible within LEGO Company; an internationally known toy developer and producer, for identification, prioritisation and procurement of new technological opportunities within materials, processes and devices providing new functionalities for the LEGO product.

  17. Binding Blocks: building the Universe one nucleus at the time

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    Diget, C. Aa.; Pastore, A.; Leech, K.; Haylett, T.; Lock, S.; Sanders, T.; Shelley, M.; Willett, H. V.; Keegans, J.; Sinclair, L.; Simpson, E. C.

    2016-01-01

    We present a new teaching and outreach activity based around the construction of a three-dimensional chart of isotopes using LEGO$^{\\circledR}$ bricks. The activity, \\emph{Binding Blocks}, demonstrates nuclear and astrophysical processes through a seven-meter chart of all nuclear isotopes, built from over 26,000 LEGO$^{\\circledR}$ bricks. It integrates A-level and GCSE curricula across areas of nuclear physics, astrophysics, and chemistry, including: nuclear decays (through the colours in the...

  18. Precision optical systems for the control and measurement of electric power

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    MacKellar, R.

    2000-01-01

    Development od three optical systems for use in the measurement of electric power -- the optical current transducer (NXCT), the optical voltage transducer (NCVT) and the optical voltage and current transducer (NXVCT) -- are discussed. Market for these systems is estimated at $ 600 million and growing, based on the aging infrastructure, the effects of deregulation and application in other market areas. Some competing products by other developers are also described, along with some discussion of the economic advantages to NxtPhase customers in terms of lower acquisition and installation cost, accuracy, and bandwidth. The importance of strategic partnerships and the strengths that strategic partners bring to a enterprise (domain knowledge, access, site for installation, investment capital, critical feedback) are reviewed. Preliminary results of field trials of NxtPhase's NXVCT are also discussed

  19. Un Robot Móvil Autónomo Seguidor Delínea

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    Paola Andrea Galeano

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes an application example of an autonomous mobile robot developed for the sole purpose of performing the task of following a path defined by a line plotted on the floor. The detailed construction schedule is based on a previous analysis made under the graphical development environment NXT-G 2.0, taking into consideration the time spent on the course, the precision achieved by following the path and the ability to act autonomously.

  20. Energies controlling nucleation and growth processes: The case of Ag/W(110)

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    Jones, G. W.; Marcano, J. M.; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet

    1990-01-01

    The nucleation density Nx(T) of Ag islands on the 2-monolayer-thick silver intermediate layer on W(110) is measured by UHV scanning electron microscopy and compared with kinetic nucleation equations. This yields a well-determined value of Ed+2Eb=0.65±0.03 eV, with pair-binding energy Eb=0.25±0.05...

  1. Civil Justice: Lay Judges in the EU Countries

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    Stefan Machura

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Lay judges fulfill important functions for the justice system of a country. In the European Union member states, scholars have analysed the use of lay judges in criminal cases. However, little is known about lay participation in civil justice. The paper introduces commonly cited reasons to have lay judges as well as the principal forms of lay participation and then surveys the EU countries for its implementation in civil cases. Mixed tribunals, involving lay judges under the leadership of a professional judge, are relatively frequent. Several countries have special labour courts or commercial courts with lay members and others have single lay judges, or all-lay judge panels. Roughly a third of the 28 EU member states have no lay participation in civil justice but only three of those have no lay judges in any branch of the courts. Almost all the reasons for including lay decision makers are served somehow by the existing forms, including providing different experiences and perhaps expert knowledge. The article concludes, citing non-EU states and lay participation in criminal and administrative courts as further evidence, that lay judges in one form or another are an element of European legal systems. Los jueces legos cumplen funciones importantes para el sistema de justicia de un país. En los Estados miembro de la Unión Europea, académicos han analizado el uso de jueces legos en casos criminales. Sin embargo, se sabe poco acerca de la participación de los legos en la justicia civil. El artículo presenta las razones que habitualmente se citan para tener jueces legos, así como las formas principales de la participación de legos, para a continuación medir su implementación en casos civiles en los países de la Unión Europea. Son relativamente frecuentes los tribunales mixtos, en los que participan jueces legos, bajo la dirección de un juez profesional. Varios países tienen tribunales laborales especiales o tribunales comerciales con

  2. A scoping review of the role of LEGO® therapy for improving inclusion and social skills among children and youth with autism.

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    Lindsay, Sally; Hounsell, Kara Grace; Cassiani, Celia

    2017-04-01

    LEGO ® therapy uses children's natural interest in play to help motivate behavioural change and may be an effective teaching tool to increase social competency and communication skills. Although the literature is growing it has not been synthesized. To review the literature on the role of LEGO ® therapy on social skills and inclusion among children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A scoping review was conducted, involving comprehensive searches of international databases. Eligible articles included: (a) youth aged 19 or younger, with ASD; (b) empirical research on LEGO ® therapy interventions; (c) published from 1996 to 2016 in a peer-reviewed journal, conference proceedings, or dissertation. Of the 6964 studies identified, 15 articles-involving 293 participants, aged 5-16 (mean age 8.7 years), across five countries-met the inclusion criteria. Although the outcomes of the LEGO ® therapy varied across the studies, 14 studies reported at least one improvement in social and communication skills (e.g., building friendships, improved social interactions and social competence), ASD-specific behaviors, belonging, family relationships, coping, and reductions in playing alone. Although LEGO ® therapy shows promise as an intervention for children and youth with ASD, more rigorously designed studies are needed to fully understand its impact. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Pulsed irradiation improves target selectivity of infrared laser-evoked gene operator for single-cell gene induction in the nematode C. elegans.

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    Suzuki, Motoshi; Toyoda, Naoya; Takagi, Shin

    2014-01-01

    Methods for turning on/off gene expression at the experimenter's discretion would be useful for various biological studies. Recently, we reported on a novel microscope system utilizing an infrared laser-evoked gene operator (IR-LEGO) designed for inducing heat shock response efficiently in targeted single cells in living organisms without cell damage, thereby driving expression of a transgene under the control of a heat shock promoter. Although the original IR-LEGO can be successfully used for gene induction, several limitations hinder its wider application. Here, using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) as a subject, we have made improvements in IR-LEGO. For better spatial control of heating, a pulsed irradiation method using an optical chopper was introduced. As a result, single cells of C. elegans embryos as early as the 2-cell stage and single neurons in ganglia can be induced to express genes selectively. In addition, the introduction of site-specific recombination systems to IR-LEGO enables the induction of gene expression controlled by constitutive and cell type-specific promoters. The strategies adopted here will be useful for future applications of IR-LEGO to other organisms.

  4. Organisational Change

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    Poulsen, Peter

    the combined use of contingency theory, strategic choice theory and structuration theory. The intention is analyse whether one of the paradigms would emerge as “dominant”, i.e. produce superior explanation of organisational change, or if a multi-paradigmatic view would be more beneficial in understanding......This Ph.D. research is carried out for the business unit at LEGO concerned with Internet shopping (e-business) called LEGO Direct. The research is concerned with the issues of organisational change and management. The research is partly sponsored by LEGO Company and Aalborg University The research...... understanding of organizational change and its processes both theoretical as well as empirical. In the search for interesting and relevant theories that would fulfill the goal of thesis, we learnt that the field of organisational change was complex and widely spread across lots of disciplines and paradigms...

  5. Study Groups in Denmark

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    Hjorth, Poul G.

    2007-01-01

    Since 1998 European Study Groups have been held in Denmark, and Danish companies from LEGO and NOVO to very small high-tech firms have participated. I briefly describe the history, the organisation and the format of the Danish Study Groups, and highlight a few problem solutions.......Since 1998 European Study Groups have been held in Denmark, and Danish companies from LEGO and NOVO to very small high-tech firms have participated. I briefly describe the history, the organisation and the format of the Danish Study Groups, and highlight a few problem solutions....

  6. Understanding Processes of Multi-Stakeholder Brand-Interessement

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    von Wallpach, Sylvia; Hemetsberger, Andrea; Kornum, Niels

    2013-01-01

    The new “stakeholder-focus brand era” (Merz, He, & Vargo 2009, p.337) puts stakeholders and their role in brand co-creation center stage. Yet, insights into the dynamics of multi-stakeholder brand co-creation are still sparse. Applying a network theory approach, this article advances stakeholder......-oriented branding theory by investigating into discursive strategies multiple stakeholders use to engage in and mobilize brand networks on social media sites. An empirical investigation into two prominent online LEGO sites uncovers the role of social media sites as actors, and the interests and respective...... discursive strategies of stakeholders involved in co-creating the brand LEGO....

  7. Affordances and synchronization in collective creative construction tasks

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    Tylén, Kristian; Fusaroli, Riccardo

    : the affordances of the task at hand and the gradual consolidation of collaborative practices. Six groups of participants were instructed to construct LEGO models of six abstract notions (“responsibility”, “knowledge”, “justice” etc.), both individually and in groups. We combine video analysis and heart rate...... to the affordances of the task at hand. We also show that during collective, but not individual tasks, within group synchronization grows over time. Finally, we discuss how these measures of synchronization relate to the participants’ engagement in the tasks at hand and to the end products (LEGO models...

  8. Comparing three methods for participatory simulation of hospital work systems

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    Broberg, Ole; Andersen, Simone Nyholm

    Summative Statement: This study compared three participatory simulation methods using different simulation objects: Low resolution table-top setup using Lego figures, full scale mock-ups, and blueprints using Lego figures. It was concluded the three objects by differences in fidelity and affordance...... scenarios using the objects. Results: Full scale mock-ups significantly addressed the local space and technology/tool elements of a work system. In contrast, the table-top simulation object addressed the organizational issues of the future work system. The blueprint based simulation addressed...

  9. Legolandskabet

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    Bundesen Svarre, Birgitte

    2007-01-01

    En læsning af Silicon Valley med fokus på arbejdsrum. Googles hovedkvarter sættes i relief af Douglas Couplands roman 'Microserfs' (1995), der foregår i Silicon Valley. Lego er en tilbagevendende metafor i romanen og søges sat over for Googles virkelighed anno 2006.......En læsning af Silicon Valley med fokus på arbejdsrum. Googles hovedkvarter sættes i relief af Douglas Couplands roman 'Microserfs' (1995), der foregår i Silicon Valley. Lego er en tilbagevendende metafor i romanen og søges sat over for Googles virkelighed anno 2006....

  10. HIV-1 and M-PMV RNA Nuclear Export Elements Program Viral Genomes for Distinct Cytoplasmic Trafficking Behaviors.

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    Pocock, Ginger M; Becker, Jordan T; Swanson, Chad M; Ahlquist, Paul; Sherer, Nathan M

    2016-04-01

    Retroviruses encode cis-acting RNA nuclear export elements that override nuclear retention of intron-containing viral mRNAs including the full-length, unspliced genomic RNAs (gRNAs) packaged into assembling virions. The HIV-1 Rev-response element (RRE) recruits the cellular nuclear export receptor CRM1 (also known as exportin-1/XPO1) using the viral protein Rev, while simple retroviruses encode constitutive transport elements (CTEs) that directly recruit components of the NXF1(Tap)/NXT1(p15) mRNA nuclear export machinery. How gRNA nuclear export is linked to trafficking machineries in the cytoplasm upstream of virus particle assembly is unknown. Here we used long-term (>24 h), multicolor live cell imaging to directly visualize HIV-1 gRNA nuclear export, translation, cytoplasmic trafficking, and virus particle production in single cells. We show that the HIV-1 RRE regulates unique, en masse, Rev- and CRM1-dependent "burst-like" transitions of mRNAs from the nucleus to flood the cytoplasm in a non-localized fashion. By contrast, the CTE derived from Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) links gRNAs to microtubules in the cytoplasm, driving them to cluster markedly to the centrosome that forms the pericentriolar core of the microtubule-organizing center (MTOC). Adding each export element to selected heterologous mRNAs was sufficient to confer each distinct export behavior, as was directing Rev/CRM1 or NXF1/NXT1 transport modules to mRNAs using a site-specific RNA tethering strategy. Moreover, multiple CTEs per transcript enhanced MTOC targeting, suggesting that a cooperative mechanism links NXF1/NXT1 to microtubules. Combined, these results reveal striking, unexpected features of retroviral gRNA nucleocytoplasmic transport and demonstrate roles for mRNA export elements that extend beyond nuclear pores to impact gRNA distribution in the cytoplasm.

  11. STECH,4(1), S/NO 9, FEBRUARY, 2015

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    2015-02-09

    Feb 9, 2015 ... Use manipulative objects: construction sets, Legos, modeling clay, science experiments, props to use in dramatizations, outdoors gear (work shoes, bags to collect rocks, leaves, feathers, plants, flowers, etc.), storage for keeping the specimens they collect, sports equipment, puzzles, dance music.

  12. Factors Influencing the Uptake of a Mechatronics Curriculum Initiative in Five Australian Secondary Schools

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    Nicholas, Howard; Ng, Wan

    2012-01-01

    While the ready-made Lego[TM] Robotics kits are popular in schools and are used by students at both primary and secondary year levels, using the Picaxe microcontroller (chip) to create simple electronic devices, including robotic devices is less popular. The latter imposes an additional challenge as a result of the need to construct the universal…

  13. Discriminating between Schemes and Schema in Young Children's Emergent Learning of Science and Technology.

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    Siraj-Blatchford, John; Siraj-Blatchford, Iram

    2002-01-01

    Collected qualitative data through interviews and triad elicitation with 5-year-olds in London to determine children's current knowledge and understanding of their "making" activity and of Lego construction kit components. Data provided triangulation for another study that found that young children could achieve a great deal with…

  14. Designing an Augmented Reality Board Games with children: The BattleBoard 3D experience

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    Grønbæk, Kaj; Kristensen, Sune; Andersen, Troels L.

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the design of Battleboard 3D (BB3D) which is an ARToolkit based game prototype, featuring the use of LEGO bricks for the physical and digital pieces. BB3D is a novel type of an AR game augmenting traditional board games with features from computer games. The initial experiments...

  15. Nigerian Journal of Technology - Vol 34, No 4 (2015)

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    A Digital Lego-Based Learning Environment for Fraction Ordering · EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT · DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT. OC Agbonifo, AO Ogunmoroti, 781-787 ... Agricultural, Bioresources, Biomedical, Food, Environmental & Water Resources Engineering ...

  16. Robotic Design Studio: Exploring the Big Ideas of Engineering in a Liberal Arts Environment.

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    Turbak, Franklyn; Berg, Robbie

    2002-01-01

    Suggests that it is important to introduce liberal arts students to the essence of engineering. Describes Robotic Design Studio, a course in which students learn how to design, assemble, and program robots made out of LEGO parts, sensors, motors, and small embedded computers. Represents an alternative vision of how robot design can be used to…

  17. Fulltext PDF

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    0.1 or if it is subjected to incident waves with predominant dimensionless periods of greater than. 13 times the shape ratio. In incidence of .... to the simple and less critical case of incident SH waves or were restricted to some ...... Advances in Boundary Element Techniques IV (eds) Gal- lego R and Aliabadi M H, 231–236.

  18. iSTEM: Learning Mathematics through Minecraft

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    Bos, Beth; Wilder, Lucy; Cook, Marcelina; O'Donnell, Ryan

    2014-01-01

    The Common Core State Standards can be taught with Minecraft, an interactive creative Lego®-like game. Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (iSTEM) authors share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K-grade 6 classrooms.

  19. Platform development supportedby gaming

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    Mikkola, Juliana Hsuan; Hansen, Poul H. Kyvsgård

    2007-01-01

    , possibly increasing the strategic risks for the firm. This paper reports preliminary findings on platform management process at LEGO, a Danish toy company.  Specifically, we report the process of applying games combined with simulations and workshops in the platform development. We also propose a framework...

  20. la condizione psicologica dell'io nelle opere di giorgio saviane

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    sull'amore e sul sentimento della vita come dono e ricchezza interiore. Alberto si rende conto che nella sua formazione, mentre hanno agito in maniera deleteria le valenze negative della componente maschile. (l'Ego autoritario delle Leggi dei Padri), sono state represse quelle. 7. Ci si riferisce alla teoria della scissione tra ...

  1. Teaching Habitat and Animal Classification to Fourth Graders Using an Engineering-Design Model

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    Marulcu, Ismail

    2014-01-01

    Background: The motivation for this work is built upon the premise that there is a need for research-based materials for design-based science instruction. In this paper, a small portion of our work investigating the impact of a LEGO[TM] engineering unit on fourth grade students' preconceptions and understanding of animals is presented. Purpose:…

  2. Control Robotics Programming Technology. Technology Learning Activity. Teacher Edition.

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    Oklahoma State Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education, Stillwater. Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center.

    This Technology Learning Activity (TLA) for control robotics programming technology in grades 6-10 is designed to teach students to construct and program computer-controlled devices using a LEGO DACTA set and computer interface and to help them understand how control technology and robotics affect them and their lifestyle. The suggested time for…

  3. Mapping the Challenges of Creativity Management in IS and ISD Organizations

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    Ulrich, Frank

    2013-01-01

    Managing for creativity has proven to be one of the most important drivers in IS and IS development, providing competitive advantages for strong companies as Google, SAS Institute and LEGO. The continuous changing market environment drives companies to focus on creativity as an increasing necessity...

  4. Thinking together with material representations

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    Stege Bjørndahl, Johanne; Fusaroli, Riccardo; Østergaard, Svend

    2014-01-01

    How do material representations such as models, diagrams and drawings come to shape and aid collective, epistemic processes? This study investigated how groups of participants spontaneously recruited material objects (in this case LEGO blocks) to support collective creative processes in the conte...

  5. On the entropy of LEGO®

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    Durhuus, Bergfinnur; Eilers, Søren

    2014-01-01

    Abstract We propose the further study of the rate of growth of the number of contiguous buildings which may be made from n LEGO blocks of the same size and color. Specializing to blocks of dimension 2×4 we give upper and lower bounds, and speculate on the true value....

  6. Asiater mangler også i danske bestyrelser

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    Ørholst, Henrik

    2018-01-01

    Stop nu. Der er ikke brug for mere snak og statistik om flere kvinder i bestyrelser. Der er mere brug for asiater og folk med digitale kompetencer. Der er lang vej igen, før ikonerne A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Novo Nordisk og LEGO har bestyrelser, der afspejler den verden, vi lever i....

  7. 76 FR 29006 - In the Matter of Certain Motion-Sensitive Sound Effects Devices and Image Display Devices and...

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    2011-05-19

    .... LEGO Systems, Inc., 555 Taylor Road, Enfield, CT 06082. Lenovo (United States), Inc., 1009 Think Place, Morrisville, NC 27560. Lenovo Group Ltd., No. 6 Chuang Ye Road, Shangdi Information Industry Base, Haidian District, Beijing 100085, China. Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., New Tech Park, 151 Lorong, Chuan, (S) 556741...

  8. Nobody understands me : Products that read users' minds

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    Van Kasteren, J.

    2001-01-01

    Children often talk to the Lego bricks theyre playing with. When they grow older, theyll give their computer a name, and later still, theyll have a pet name for their first car. People like to talk to inanimate objects, as if they are talking to a partner or colleague. Until now, few of the machines

  9. Counter-narratives and organizational crisis

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    Lundholt, Marianne Wolff

    2017-01-01

    In the preceding press release, the CEO of the LEGO Group, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, explains the strategic decision behind LEGO’s collaboration with the oil company Shell dating back to the 1960s. However, due to a three-month campaign run by Greenpeace, Knudstorp concludes the press release...

  10. 2018 bliver afgørende for tre danske erhvervsikoner

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    Ørholst, Henrik

    2018-01-01

    Klumme. LEGO, A.P. Møller og Novo Nordisk står alle overfor vigtige strategiske beslutninger i det nye år. Det vil sætte virksomhedernes topchefer på alvorlige prøver, og allerede nu tegner der sig et billede af, hvem der har de bedste kort på hånden....

  11. A Low-Cost Quantitative Absorption Spectrophotometer

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    Albert, Daniel R.; Todt, Michael A.; Davis, H. Floyd

    2012-01-01

    In an effort to make absorption spectrophotometry available to high school chemistry and physics classes, we have designed an inexpensive visible light absorption spectrophotometer. The spectrophotometer was constructed using LEGO blocks, a light emitting diode, optical elements (including a lens), a slide-mounted diffraction grating, and a…

  12. Condensation Polymerization

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    building blocks, is essentially the process of polycondensation or step-growth polymerization. Before we leave this LEGO-style discussion, I would leave you with two alternate scenarios; one is to use building blocks bearing two sockets and two balls, as de- picted in the figure, and the other is to use blocks that contain two.

  13. Innovation and learning facilitated by play

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    Hansen, Poul H. Kyvsgård; O´Connor, Rory

    2008-01-01

    "This paper describes an approach to facilitate interaction between students and industrial companies in a problem based learning environment. The approach is adapted from a methodology developed at the LEGO Company and relies on an improved ability to communicate complex problems when using...

  14. Solar Sprint

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    Tabor, Richard; Anderson, Stephen

    2007-01-01

    In the "Solar Sprint" activity, students design, test, and race a solar-powered car built with Legos. The use of ratios is incorporated to simulate the actual work of scientists and engineers. This method encourages fourth-grade students to think about multiple variables and stimulates their curiosity when an activity doesn't come out as…

  15. A Case of Cooperation in the European OR Education

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    Miranda, Joao; Nagy, Mariana

    2011-01-01

    European cooperation is a relevant subject that contributes to building a competitive network of high education institutions. A case of teacher mobility on behalf of the Erasmus programme is presented: it considers some Operations Research topics and the development of the Lego on My Decision module. The module considers eight lecture hours in…

  16. Innovating Organization and Management

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    Foss, Nicolai Juul; Pedersen, Torben; Pynt, Jacob

    as necessary facilitators of success. Fourthly, that this new way of looking at organization and management requires a search for new ways of structuring organizational design and managerial processes. These points are driven home through case studies of the Danish firms LEGO Group, Vestas Wind Systems...

  17. The Use of Robotics to Promote Computing to Pre-College Students with Visual Impairments

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    Ludi, Stephanie; Reichlmayr, Tom

    2011-01-01

    This article describes an outreach program to broaden participation in computing to include more students with visual impairments. The precollege workshops target students in grades 7-12 and engage students with robotics programming. The use of robotics at the precollege level has become popular in part due to the availability of Lego Mindstorm…

  18. Becoming through "The Break": A Post-Human Account of a Child's Play

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    Boldt, Gail M.; Leander, Kevin

    2017-01-01

    In this article, we think through six-year-old Mike's play with Lego and with his father, using Deleuze and Guattari's concept of the break. For Deleuze and Guattari, the break is thought about in relation to impersonal flows of desire that are always everywhere at work and to the refrain, which we describe as materials and energies organized into…

  19. The effects of playing with thin dolls on body image and food intake in young girls

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    Anschutz, D.J.; Engels, R.C.M.E.

    2010-01-01

    This study experimentally tested the effects of playing with thin dolls on body image and food intake in 6- to 10-year-old Dutch girls (N = 117). Girls were randomly assigned to play with a thin doll, an average-sized doll, or Legos in a no doll control condition. After 10 min, they participated in

  20. Interlocking Toy Building Blocks as Hands-On Learning Modules for Blind and Visually Impaired Chemistry Students

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    Melaku, Samuel; Schreck, James O.; Griffin, Kameron; Dabke, Rajeev B.

    2016-01-01

    Interlocking toy building blocks (e.g., Lego) as chemistry learning modules for blind and visually impaired (BVI) students in high school and undergraduate introductory or general chemistry courses are presented. Building blocks were assembled on a baseplate to depict the relative changes in the periodic properties of elements. Modules depicting…

  1. Mobile robot Kasia with early vision based on CNN

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    Bedkowski, Janusz; Jankowski, Stanislaw

    2006-03-01

    In this paper the construction of low-cost mobile robot set up of LEGO bricks is presented. The robot vision software is based on cellular neural network image processing. The robot is able to find out a target - shining light - in the dedicated environment starting from any initial position. The most severe limitation of the robot functionality is its speed.

  2. Balancing Design Project Supervision and Learning Facilitation

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    Nielsen, Louise Møller

    2012-01-01

    ’s balance between the roles: 1) Design Project Supervisor – and 2) Learning Facilitator – with the aim to understand when to apply the different roles, and what to be aware of when doing so. This paper represents the first pilot-study of a larger research effort. It is based on a Lego Serious Play workshop...

  3. Statistics of Shared Components in Complex Component Systems

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    Mazzolini, Andrea; Gherardi, Marco; Caselle, Michele; Cosentino Lagomarsino, Marco; Osella, Matteo

    2018-04-01

    Many complex systems are modular. Such systems can be represented as "component systems," i.e., sets of elementary components, such as LEGO bricks in LEGO sets. The bricks found in a LEGO set reflect a target architecture, which can be built following a set-specific list of instructions. In other component systems, instead, the underlying functional design and constraints are not obvious a priori, and their detection is often a challenge of both scientific and practical importance, requiring a clear understanding of component statistics. Importantly, some quantitative invariants appear to be common to many component systems, most notably a common broad distribution of component abundances, which often resembles the well-known Zipf's law. Such "laws" affect in a general and nontrivial way the component statistics, potentially hindering the identification of system-specific functional constraints or generative processes. Here, we specifically focus on the statistics of shared components, i.e., the distribution of the number of components shared by different system realizations, such as the common bricks found in different LEGO sets. To account for the effects of component heterogeneity, we consider a simple null model, which builds system realizations by random draws from a universe of possible components. Under general assumptions on abundance heterogeneity, we provide analytical estimates of component occurrence, which quantify exhaustively the statistics of shared components. Surprisingly, this simple null model can positively explain important features of empirical component-occurrence distributions obtained from large-scale data on bacterial genomes, LEGO sets, and book chapters. Specific architectural features and functional constraints can be detected from occurrence patterns as deviations from these null predictions, as we show for the illustrative case of the "core" genome in bacteria.

  4. Continuous flow generation of magnetoliposomes in a low-cost portable microfluidic platform.

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    Conde, Alvaro J; Batalla, Milena; Cerda, Belén; Mykhaylyk, Olga; Plank, Christian; Podhajcer, Osvaldo; Cabaleiro, Juan M; Madrid, Rossana E; Policastro, Lucia

    2014-12-07

    We present a low-cost, portable microfluidic platform that uses laminated polymethylmethacrylate chips, peristaltic micropumps and LEGO® Mindstorms components for the generation of magnetoliposomes that does not require extrusion steps. Mixtures of lipids reconstituted in ethanol and an aqueous phase were injected independently in order to generate a combination of laminar flows in such a way that we could effectively achieve four hydrodynamic focused nanovesicle generation streams. Monodisperse magnetoliposomes with characteristics comparable to those obtained by traditional methods have been obtained. The magnetoliposomes are responsive to external magnetic field gradients, a result that suggests that the nanovesicles can be used in research and applications in nanomedicine.

  5. The hunting season’s over

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    2014-01-01

    Hundreds of Internet users from across the globe have been scouring the Computer Centre for LEGO figurines in recent weeks (see here). The time has come to announce the results…   We’ve received nearly 5,000 screen-shots, the precious trophies gleaned from hours of virtual scavenging through the CERN Computing Centre, and we’re pleased to see our hunt raised so much interest. Unfortunately, rules being rules, we have to choose the two winners by drawing lots, so prizes will be winging their way to… Sarah Charley (CERN) Stefan Hayes We kindly thank everyone who took part in the hunt with so much gusto and hope you all had as much fun as we did! You can discover all the figurines here: http://lego-scavenger-hunt.web.cern.ch/ The CERN Bulletin team

  6. On supporting students' understanding of solving linear equation by using flowchart

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    Toyib, Muhamad; Kusmayadi, Tri Atmojo; Riyadi

    2017-05-01

    The aim of this study was to support 7th graders to gradually understand the concepts and procedures of solving linear equation. Thirty-two 7th graders of a Junior High School in Surakarta, Indonesia were involved in this study. Design research was used as the research approach to achieve the aim. A set of learning activities in solving linear equation with one unknown were designed based on Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) approach. The activities were started by playing LEGO to find a linear equation then solve the equation by using flowchart. The results indicate that using the realistic problems, playing LEGO could stimulate students to construct linear equation. Furthermore, Flowchart used to encourage students' reasoning and understanding on the concepts and procedures of solving linear equation with one unknown.

  7. DNA extraction and barcode identification of development stages of forensically important flies in the Czech Republic.

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    Olekšáková, Tereza; Žurovcová, Martina; Klimešová, Vanda; Barták, Miroslav; Šuláková, Hana

    2018-04-01

    Several methods of DNA extraction, coupled with 'DNA barcoding' species identification, were compared using specimens from early developmental stages of forensically important flies from the Calliphoridae and Sarcophagidae families. DNA was extracted at three immature stages - eggs, the first instar larvae, and empty pupal cases (puparia) - using four different extraction methods, namely, one simple 'homemade' extraction buffer protocol and three commercial kits. The extraction conditions, including the amount of proteinase K and incubation times, were optimized. The simple extraction buffer method was successful for half of the eggs and for the first instar larval samples. The DNA Lego Kit and DEP-25 DNA Extraction Kit were useful for DNA extractions from the first instar larvae samples, and the DNA Lego Kit was also successful regarding the extraction from eggs. The QIAamp DNA mini kit was the most effective; the extraction was successful with regard to all sample types - eggs, larvae, and pupari.

  8. ATLAS event display: Virtual Point-1 visualization software

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    Seeley, Kaelyn; Dimond, David; Bianchi, R. M.; Boudreau, Joseph; Hong, Tae Min; Atlas Collaboration

    2017-01-01

    Virtual Point-1 (VP1) is an event display visualization software for the ATLAS Experiment. VP1 is a software framework that makes use of ATHENA, the ATLAS software infrastructure, to access the complete detector geometry. This information is used to draw graphics representing the components of the detector at any scale. Two new features are added to VP1. The first is a traditional ``lego'' plot, displaying the calorimeter energy deposits in eta-phi space. The second is another lego plot focusing on the forward endcap region, displaying the energy deposits in r-phi space. Currently, these new additions display the energy deposits based on the granularity of the middle layer of the liquid-Argon electromagnetic calorimeter. Since VP1 accesses the complete detector geometry and all experimental data, future developments are outlined for a more detailed display involving multiple layers of the calorimeter along with their distinct granularities.

  9. Continuous Platform Development

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    Nielsen, Ole Fiil

    evolution does not make the platforms irrelevant. This research is based on case studies and applications in the two Danish companies, LEGO and Grundfos, where several platform development projects have been followed. LEGO is exceptional for their long experience with platform development and maintenance......, while Grundfos is relatively new within this area. This study puts emphasis on platform projects and defines such projects as something very different from product development projects and more similar to industrial research projects, due to the fact that they are continuous activities with relatively...... low risks and investments but also with relatively fuzzy results. When looking for new platform projects, it is important to make sure that the company and market is ready for the introduction of platforms, and to make sure that people from marketing and sales, product development, and downstream...

  10. Knowledge Sharing Practice in a Play-Like Learning Environment

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    Benjaminsen, Nana

    2007-01-01

    The topic of this paper is play-like learning as it occurs when technology based learning environments is invited into the classroom. Observations of 5th grade classes playing with Lego Robolab, is used to illustrate that different ways of learning becomes visible when digital technology is emplo...... and more research needs to be done before the cocktail; digital technology, play and schooling, can be shaken more widely....

  11. Hvorfor bliver plastikken gul?

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    Christiansen, Jesper de Claville

    2012-01-01

    rigtigt flotte. Men de er ligesom plasten også udsat for nedbrydning og kan derved ændre farve. Når man kan tage en LEGO-klods, som er fremstillet på to forskellige maskiner og se, at de er ens i farven, så skyldes det stor præcision i produktionen. Plasten i de to maskiner får altså samme påvirkning. Ud...

  12. I Show You How I Like You: Emotional Human-Robot Interaction through Facial Expression and Tactile Stimulation

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    Canamero, Dolores; Fredslund, Jacob

    2001-01-01

    We report work on a LEGO robot that displays different emotional expressions in response to physical stimulation, for the purpose of social interaction with humans. This is a first step toward our longer-term goal of exploring believable emotional exchanges to achieve plausible interaction...... with a simple robot. Drawing inspiration from theories of human basic emotions, we implemented several prototypical expressions in the robot's caricatured face and conducted experiments to assess the recognizability of these expressions...

  13. Education of employees

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    Malachová, Jana

    2011-01-01

    The thesis aims to assess the functioning of educational methods that is being used by LEGO Group and propose appropriate measures or recommendations for future development. The conclusion of this work is evaluating the results of the investigation and provides recommendations counter measures to improve the current situation. The theoretical part describes principles of systematic employee training, forms and methods of education, also it further defines the learning organization. Part of th...

  14. Demonstrating Basic Properties of Spectroscopy Using a Self-Constructed Combined Fluorimeter and UV-Photometer

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    Kvittingen, Eivind V.; Kvittingen, Lise; Melø, Thor Bernt; Sjursnes, Birte Johanne; Verley, Richard

    2017-01-01

    This article describes a combined UV-photometer and fluorimeter constructed from 3 LEDs and a few wires, all held in place with Lego bricks. The instrument has a flexible design. In its simplest version, two UV-LEDs (355 nm) are used as light source and to detect absorption, and a third LED, in the visible spectrum (e.g., 525 nm), is used to…

  15. Información, autoayuda y creación de identidades: las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación (TIC y las asociaciones de discapacitados físicos. El ejemplo de la poliomielitis

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    2011-01-01

    criterios de credibilidad (r de Pearson = 0,81, p<0,001, por lo que se sugiere el Indicador de Credibilidad como una herramienta útil para determinar la calidad de las páginas web. Su uso debe complementarse con otro tipo de acercamientos cualitativos que exploren el contexto de las relaciones expertos-legos y las funciones que dichas páginas cumplen.

  16. Using Analogy Role-Play Activity in an Undergraduate Biology Classroom to Show Central Dogma Revision

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    Takemura, Masaharu; Kurabayashi, Mario

    2014-01-01

    For the study of biology in an undergraduate classroom, a classroom exercise was developed: an analogy role-play to learn mechanisms of gene transcription and protein translation (central dogma). To develop the central dogma role-play exercise, we made DNA and mRNA using paper sheets, tRNA using a wire dress hanger, and amino acids using Lego®…

  17. Performing mathematics activities with non-standard units of measurement using robots controlled via speech-generating devices: three case studies.

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    Adams, Kim D; Cook, Albert M

    2017-07-01

    Purpose To examine how using a Lego robot controlled via a speech-generating device (SGD) can contribute to how students with physical and communication impairments perform hands-on and communicative mathematics measurement activities. This study was a follow-up to a previous study. Method Three students with cerebral palsy used the robot to measure objects using non-standard units, such as straws, and then compared and ordered the objects using the resulting measurement. Their performance was assessed, and the manipulation and communication events were observed. Teachers and education assistants were interviewed regarding robot use. Results Similar benefits to the previous study were found in this study. Gaps in student procedural knowledge were identified such as knowing to place measurement units tip-to-tip, and students' reporting revealed gaps in conceptual understanding. However, performance improved with repeated practice. Stakeholders identified that some robot tasks took too long or were too difficult to perform. Conclusions Having access to both their SGD and a robot gave the students multiple ways to show their understanding of the measurement concepts. Though they could participate actively in the new mathematics activities, robot use is most appropriate in short tasks requiring reasonable operational skill. Implications for Rehabilitation Lego robots controlled via speech-generating devices (SGDs) can help students to engage in the mathematics pedagogy of performing hands-on activities while communicating about concepts. Students can "show what they know" using the Lego robots, and report and reflect on concepts using the SGD. Level 1 and Level 2 mathematics measurement activities have been adapted to be accomplished by the Lego robot. Other activities can likely be accomplished with similar robot adaptations (e.g., gripper, pen). It is not recommended to use the robot to measure items that are long, or perform measurements that require high

  18. Constraints and Ambiguity

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    Dove, Graham; Biskjær, Michael Mose; Lundqvist, Caroline Emilie

    2017-01-01

    Developing creative abilities is an important part of 21st century skills, and yet remains challenging. In this paper we describe a study investigating small-scale creative strategies that groups of Scandinavian high school students use when collaboratively building LEGO models. We recorded thirty...... on the insights we gained, we present three strategies for designing tools and environments that support students as they develop creative skills. These strategies relate to: tools and materials, mutual learning, and reflection...

  19. Theory of hard diffraction and rapidity gaps

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    Del Duca, V.

    1995-06-01

    In this talk we review the models describing the hard diffractive production of jets or more generally high-mass states in presence of rapidity gaps in hadron-hadron and lepton-hadron collisions. By rapidity gaps we mean regions on the lego plot in (pseudo)-rapidity and azimuthal angle where no hadrons are produced, between the jet(s) and an elastically scattered hadron (single hard diffraction) or between two jets (double hard diffraction). (orig.)

  20. Challenges in Developing XML-Based Learning Repositories

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    Auksztol, Jerzy; Przechlewski, Tomasz

    There is no doubt that modular design has many advantages, including the most important ones: reusability and cost-effectiveness. In an e-leaming community parlance the modules are determined as Learning Objects (LOs) [11]. An increasing amount of learning objects have been created and published online, several standards has been established and multiple repositories developed for them. For example Cisco Systems, Inc., "recognizes a need to move from creating and delivering large inflexible training courses, to database-driven objects that can be reused, searched, and modified independent of their delivery media" [6]. The learning object paradigm of education resources authoring is promoted mainly to reduce the cost of the content development and to increase its quality. A frequently used metaphor of Learning Objects paradigm compares them to Lego Logs or objects in Object-Oriented program design [25]. However a metaphor is only an abstract idea, which should be turned to something more concrete to be usable. The problem is that many papers on LOs end up solely in metaphors. In our opinion Lego or OO metaphors are gross oversimplificatation of the problem as there is much easier to develop Lego set or design objects in OO program than develop truly interoperable, context-free learning content1.

  1. Development and evaluation of a phantom for multi-purpose dosimetry in intensity-modulated radiation therapy

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    Jeong, Hae Sun; Kim, Chan Hyeong [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Joo Hwan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Han, Young Yih [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kum, O Yeon [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-08-15

    A LEGO-type multi-purpose dosimetry phantom was developed for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which requires various types of challenging dosimetry. Polystyrene, polyethylene, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and polyurethane foam (PU-F) were selected to represent muscle, fat, bone, and lung tissue, respectively, after considering the relevant mass densities, elemental compositions, effective atomic numbers, and photon interaction coefficients. The phantom, which is composed of numerous small pieces that are similar to LEGO blocks, provides dose and dose distribution measurements in homogeneous and heterogeneous media. The phantom includes dosimeter holders for several types of dosimeters that are frequently used in IMRT dosimetry. An ion chamber and a diode detector were used to test dosimetry in heterogeneous media under radiation fields of various sizes. The data that were measured using these dosimeters were in disagreement when the field sizes were smaller than 1.5 x 1.5 cm{sup 2} for polystyrene and PTFE, or smaller than 3 x 3 cm{sup 2} for an air cavity. The discrepancy was as large as 41% for the air cavity when the field size was 0.7 x 0.7 cm{sup 2}, highlighting one of the challenges of IMRT small field dosimetry. The LEGO-type phantom is also very useful for two-dimensional dosimetry analysis, which elucidates the electronic dis-equilibrium phenomena on or near the heterogeneity boundaries

  2. Build Your Own Particle Detector

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    Mehlhase, Sascha; The ATLAS collaboration

    2016-01-01

    To support the outreach activities of Atlas institutes and to grab people's attention in science exhibitions and during public events, we have created both a very detailed model of the experiment built entirely out of about Lego bricks as well as an outreach programme using Lego bricks to get people to think about particle detectors and involve them into a conversation about particle physics in general. A large Lego model, consisting of about 9500 pieces, has been 'exported' to more than 55 Atlas institutes and has been used in numerous exhibitions to explain the proportion and composition of the experiment to the public. As part of 'Build Your Own Particle Detector' programme (byopd.org) we conducted more than 15 events,either involving a competition to design and build the 'best' particle detector from a random pile of pieces or to take part in the construction of one of the large models, as part of a full day outreach event. Recently we've added miniature models of all four LHC experiments, that will be us...

  3. Adapting a robotics program to enhance participation and interest in STEM among children with disabilities: a pilot study.

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    Lindsay, Sally; Hounsell, Kara Grace

    2017-10-01

    Youth with disabilities are under-represented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in school and in the workforce. One encouraging approach to engage youth's interest in STEM is through robotics; however, such programs are mostly for typically developing youth. The purpose of this study was to understand the development and implementation of an adapted robotics program for children and youth with disabilities and their experiences within it. Our mixed methods pilot study (pre- and post-workshop surveys, observations, and interviews) involved 41 participants including: 18 youth (aged 6-13), 12 parents and 11 key informants. The robotics program involved 6, two-hour workshops held at a paediatric hospital. Our findings showed that several adaptations made to the robotics program helped to enhance the participation of children with disabilities. Adaptations addressed the educational/curriculum, cognitive and learning, physical and social needs of the children. In regards to experiences within the adapted hospital program, our findings highlight that children enjoyed the program and learned about computer programming and building robots. Clinicians and educators should consider engaging youth with disabilities in robotics to enhance learning and interest in STEM. Implications for Rehabilitation Clinicians and educators should consider adapting curriculum content and mode of delivery of LEGO ® robotics programs to include youth with disabilities. Appropriate staffing including clinicians and educators who are knowledgeable about youth with disabilities and LEGO ® robotics are needed. Clinicians should consider engaging youth with disabilities in LEGO ® to enhance learning and interest in STEM.

  4. Evolutionary Pattern of N-Glycosylation Sequon Numbers in Eukaryotic ABC Protein Superfamilies

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    Rao, R Shyama Prasad; Buus, Ole Thomsen; Wollenweber, Bernd

    2010-01-01

    and their underlying causes have largely been unexplored. We computed the actual and probabilistic occurrence of NXS/T sequons in ABC protein superfamilies from eight diverse eukaryotic organisms. The ABC proteins contained significantly higher NXS/T sequon numbers compared to respective genome-wide average......, but the sequon density was significantly lower owing to the increase in protein size and decrease in sequon specific amino acids. However, mammalian ABC proteins have significantly higher sequon density, and both serine and threonine containing sequons (NXS and NXT) have been positively selected...... higher than expected in plant ABC proteins which have the lowest number of NXS/T sequons. Accord- ingly, compared to overall proteins, N-glycosylation sequons in ABC protein superfamilies have a distinct pattern of occurrence, and the results are discussed in an evolutionary perspective...

  5. The Equilibrium and Pre-equilibrium Triton Emission Spectra of Some Target Nuclei for ( n, xt) Reactions up to 45 MeV Energy

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    Tel, E.; Kaplan, A.; Aydın, A.; Özkorucuklu, S.; Büyükuslu, H.; Yıldırım, G.

    2010-08-01

    Although there have been significant research and development studies on the inertial and magnetic fusion reactor technology, there is still a long way to go to penetrate commercial fusion reactors to the energy market. Tritium self-sufficiency must be maintained for a commercial power plant. For self-sustaining (D-T) fusion driver tritium breeding ratio should be greater than 1.05. So, working out the systematics of ( n,t) reaction cross sections and triton emission differential data are important for the given reaction taking place on various nuclei at different energies. In this study, ( n,xt) reactions for some target nuclei as 16O, 27Al, 59Co and 209Bi have been investigated up to 45 MeV incident neutron energy. In the calculations of the triton emission spectra, the pre-equilibrium and equilibrium effects have been used. The calculated results have been compared with the experimental data taken from the literature.

  6. Las medicinas tradicionales en la Pampa Argentina. Reflexiones sobre síntesis de praxis y conocimientos médicos, saberes populares y rituales católicos

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    Facundo Arteaga

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo el autor sostiene que las medicinas tradicionales en la Provincia de La Pampa, Argentina -la práctica de legos o medicina casera y el curanderismo- sintetizan principalmente tradiciones de la antigua medicina académica -especialmente la humoral- saberes populares y terapéuticas rituales en su mayoría de raigambre católica, o reformuladas en el marco de dicha religión. El autor aclara que dichas medicinas son de origen europeo sin que se registre una síntesis con tradiciones indígenas, dado que los mapuches fueron expulsados y semi-aniquilados por la llamada Conquista del Desierto con anterioridad a la instalación de los colonos inmigrantes. A fin demostrar este hecho, en primera instancia el autor analiza la influencia de las antiguas concepciones médicas en las prácticas y saberes de los curanderos y de los legos. A continuación define a la cura de palabra o ensalmo como el ritual terapéutico típico de la medicina casera, dando cuenta de las acciones y los significados que ella conlleva, así como otros rituales de sanación, practicados por legos, de raigambre popular pero que dejan ver la influencia de las creencias católicas. Finalmente, enfoca la terapéutica ritual propia de los curanderos, distinguiendo procedimientos particulares para el tratamiento de unas pocas dolencias de los procedimientos rituales de uso generalizado. En toda circunstancia, hace hincapié en mostrar cómo prácticas y nociones terapéuticas, así como las teorías etiológicas de la enfermedad adquieren significación en cosmovisiones de raigambre hispana y, más genéricamente, europea.

  7. With eyes wide open

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    Frølunde, Lisbeth; Pedersen, Chistina Hee

    2013-01-01

    and that vulnerability and discomfort are often overlooked as transformative forces. The analysis draws on data from a classroom context in which university students tested methods for facilitating creative thinking in a course on data production and creativity. The data stem from a session on the method “Lego Serious...... in constructions of group identity when an external facilitator disrupts a context. We argue that the facilitation of creative methods calls for keeping our eyes wide open for tensions, for they are the mulch that improves the soil....

  8. Réalisation de structures silicium-sur-isolant partielles pour applications aux circuits de puissance

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    Bertrand , Isabelle

    2006-01-01

    SOI identifies a “silicon substrate / insulating film / thin silicon layer” structure. A lot of studies have been made since the 70's to obtain that kind of structures. The LEGO process is based on fusion and recrystallization of thick poly-silicon patterns on oxide, and provides localized SOI patterns on a silicon substrate. It has first been developed by G. Celler and al. in the 80's and is being reconsidered today because of new market demand for low cost partial SOI: the coexistence of co...

  9. Ultimate Atomic Bling: Nanotechnology of Diamonds

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    Dahl, Jeremy

    2010-05-25

    Diamonds exist in all sizes, from the Hope Diamond to minuscule crystals only a few atoms across. The smallest of these diamonds are created naturally by the same processes that make petroleum. Recently, researchers discovered that these 'diamondoids' are formed in many different structural shapes, and that these shapes can be used like LEGO blocks for nanotechnology. This talk will discuss the discovery of these nano-size diamonds and highlight current SLAC/Stanford research into their applications in electronics and medicine.

  10. The Bricklayer Ecosystem - Art, Math, and Code

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    Victor Winter

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the Bricklayer Ecosystem - a freely-available online educational ecosystem created for people of all ages and coding backgrounds. Bricklayer is designed in accordance with a "low-threshold infinite ceiling" philosophy and has been successfully used to teach coding to primary school students, middle school students, university freshmen, and in-service secondary math teachers. Bricklayer programs are written in the functional programming language SML and, when executed, create 2D and 3D artifacts. These artifacts can be viewed using a variety of third-party tools such as LEGO Digital Designer (LDD, LDraw, Minecraft clients, Brickr, as well as STereoLithography viewers.

  11. Candidate for a Z boson decaying into leptons, produced in association with jets and collected at the ATLAS Experiment

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    ATLAS, Experiment

    2014-01-01

    Candidate for Z→μμ decay, with the Z produced in association with three jets, collected on 10 May 2010. In the xy projection, the 144 GeV transverse momentum of the Z boson is especially apparent. The muon transverse momenta are 96 GeV and 68 GeV, and their invariant mass is 79 GeV. The harder muon has left a significant energy deposit (see lego-plot projection), presumably through bremsstrahlung; this is not included in the standard Z mass calculation. The jet transverse energies are 168, 105, and 45 GeV.

  12. Traction Control Study for a Scaled Automated Robotic Car

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    Morton, Mark A.

    2004-01-01

    This thesis presents the use of sliding mode control applied to a 1/10th scale robotic car to operate at a desired slip. Controlling the robot car at any desired slip has a direct relation to the amount of force that is applied to the driving wheels based on road surface conditions. For this model, the desired traction/slip is maintained for a specific surface which happens to be a Lego treadmill platform. How the platform evolved and the robot car was designed are also covered. To parame...

  13. Production of short straight sections hits 100 units

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    2005-01-01

    The 100th short straight section for the Large Hadron Collider was assembled at CERN at the beginning of April. These units combine superconducting quadrupoles and other multipole corrector magnets, housed in their cryostats, which are used to guide, focus and fine-tune the beam in the LHC. Building 904, where the 474 short straight sections are being assembled, is often called "Lego Land" by the workers, with a touch of humor and pride because of the wide variety of these sets of magnets and cryostats .

  14. Las medicinas tradicionales en la Pampa Argentina. Reflexiones sobre síntesis de praxis y conocimientos médicos, saberes populares y rituales católicos

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    Facundo Arteaga

    2010-01-01

    En este artículo el autor sostiene que las medicinas tradicionales en la Provincia de La Pampa, Argentina -la práctica de legos o medicina casera y el curanderismo- sintetizan principalmente tradiciones de la antigua medicina académica -especialmente la humoral- saberes populares y terapéuticas rituales en su mayoría de raigambre católica, o reformuladas en el marco de dicha religión. El autor aclara que dichas medicinas son de origen europeo sin que se registre una síntesis con tradiciones i...

  15. The Free Universal Construction Kit

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    Stephensen, Jan Løhmann; Hansen, Lone Koefoed

    2013-01-01

    With the increasing economic accessibility of 3D printers, the lessons learned and the logics cultivated on digital Web 2.0 now seems applicable to the world of material things. Released in early 2012 by the artist groups F.A.T. and Sy-lab, the Free Universal Construction Kit is a set of 3D...... drawings that enable everyone with access to a 3D printer to make connectors, “the missing links”, between intellectual property restricted toys like LEGO, Tinkertoys, and Fischertechnik. However, when describing this project as “reverse engineering as a civic activity”, it seems obvious that F...

  16. Designing DOKK1 from a child’s point of view

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    Geert Jensen, Birgitte; Borup Lynggaard, Aviaja

    2013-01-01

    participation. The workshop was facilitated by Kids n’Tweens Lifestyle, as part of method development when engaging children in the design process. 8 groups were formed and a range of creative methods was tested. The methods varied from: Model making, lego prototyping, mood boards/blocks, inspirational pictures...... the children’s aspiration to create small and private spaces, as the shelves can be moved and thus act as space makers. The storage of the books provides a platform where new activities can take place. Tumble took offset from the pupils’ request towards being able to perform multiple activities in DOKK1...

  17. Time-slicing of Mother Nature: a method to globally compute electronegativity equalization and orbital charges in bonds

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    Valois, Denis; Whitehead, M. A.

    1993-12-01

    A new mathematically based model, the "time-slicing of Mother Nature" (TSMN), is presented for computing electronegativity equalization within molecular groups. Compared with other methods such as the localized electronegativity group orbital (LEGO) theory, the mathematically defined TSMN is theoretically more accurate and computationally easier; it guarantees convergence, the speed of computation is optimal in a mathematical sense, it is applicable to branched molecular groups independent of their geometry, and it is numerically stable. The TSMN theory is used to calculate numerous simple and branched hydrocarbons, and lone pair containing molecules; the results are compared with previous calculations and experiment. The TSMN theory is remarkably reliable.

  18. Simulating supersymmetry at the SSC

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    Barnett, R.M.; Haber, H.E.

    1984-08-01

    Careful study of supersymmetric signatures at the SSC is required in order to distinguish them from Standard Model physics backgrounds. To this end, we have created an efficient, accurate computer program which simulates supersymmetric particle production and decay (or other new particles). We have incorporated the full matrix elements, keeping track of the polarizations of all intermediate states. (At this time hadronization of final-state partons is ignored). Using Monte Carlo techniques this program can generate any desired final-state distribution or individual events for Lego plots. Examples of the results of our study of supersymmetry at SSC are provided

  19. Implementing Product Platforms: A Case Study

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    Nielsen, Ole Fiil; Mortensen, Niels Henrik

    2006-01-01

    The paper describes a case study dealing with the process of creating and implementing a product platform. The paper espessially deals with the fact that to obtain the benefits of platforms a permanent change in behaviour in product development must be ensured. This change in behaviour requires...... acceptance and approval from the organisation in general and the commitment from management to enforce agreed-upon decisions. The case study itself was performed in the Danish company LEGO Group. The case study had two objectives: To create a technical architecture and align this architecture...

  20. Absolute calibration of SARAL/AltiKa in Kavaratti during its initial calibration-validation phase

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    Babu, K.N.; Shukla, A.K.; Suchandra, A.B.; ArunKumar, S.V.V.; Bonnefond, P.; Testut, L.; Mehra, P.; Laurain, O.

    ^te d’Azur – G�eoazur, Grasse, France 3Laboratoire d’Etudes en G�eophysique et Oc�eanographie Spatiales (LEGOS) UMR5566 (CNES/CNRS/IRD/UPS), Toulouse, France 4Littoral Environnement et Soci�et�es (LIENSS), Universit�e de La Rochelle- CNRS, La Rochelle.../AltiKa in Kavaratti During its Initial Calibration-Validation Phase K. N. BABU,1 A. K. SHUKLA,1 A. B. SUCHANDRA,1 S. V. V. ARUN KUMAR,1 P. BONNEFOND,2 L. TESTUT,3,4 P. MEHRA,5 AND O. LAURAIN2 1Space Applications Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad, India 2Observatoire de La Co...

  1. Product Design and intentional Emergence facilitated by Serious Play

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    Mabugunje, Ade; Hansen, Poul H. Kyvsgård; Eris, Ozgur

    2008-01-01

    "In this paper we discuss the phenomenon "intentional emergence" in a product development process context. We point to play as an enabler for intentional emergence and report on experiences with the Lego Serious Play method. Following our initial empirical experiences we identify six central...... and comprehensive concepts that are considered essential to improve our understanding of the phenomenon intentional emergence, and, furthermore, are essential in our effort to improve the facilitation of the intentional emergence process. We point to the need for further and more thorough research to develop...

  2. Rethinking urban nature to promote human well-being and livelihoods

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    Raymond, Christopher; Gulsrud, Natalie Marie; Rodela, Romina

    and nature solutions for the use, management and governance of urban nature in the City of Malmö;and to provide a platform for knowledge sharing and networking between researchers and practitioners.Multiple enlightening presentations on how to plan, design and manage urban nature were provided by the cities...... of Malmö and Copenhagen, social entrepreneurs and academics.Each presentation guided a creative workshop activity that involved four groups creating an integrated solution using Lego and other materials to addressthe concerns of citizens presented in different scenarios relevant to the use and management...

  3. Responsiveness and flexibility in a Decentralized Supply Chain

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    Petersen, Kristian Rasmus; Bilberg, Arne; Hadar, Ronen

    Today’s supply chains are not capable of managing the instabilities that is the case in the market. Instead, there is a need to develop supply chains that are capable of adapting to changes. Through a case study of LEGO, the authors suggest a possible solution: a decentralized supply chain serving...... independent and self-sufficient local factories. The decentralized supply chain is provided with materials, parts and pre-assembled elements from local suppliers and supplies the local market in return. Keywords: Decentralize, Responsiveness, Flexibility...

  4. The Teams from Building 904 celebrated the assembly of the 100th short straight section on 11 April

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    Patrice Loiez

    2005-01-01

    The 100th short straight section for the Large Hadron Collider was assembled at CERN at the beginning of April. These units combine superconducting quadrupoles and other multipole corrector magnets, housed in their cryostats, which are used to guide, focus and fine-tune the beam in the LHC. Building 904, where the 474 short straight sections are being assembled, is often called "Lego Land" by the workers, with a touch of humor and pride because of the wide variety of these sets of magnets and cryostats

  5. Adaptable and Reconfigurable LEAN Automation - a competitive solution in the western industry

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    Bilberg, Arne; Hadar, Ronen

    words are simplification, effectiveness and user-friendliness at the shop floor. This concept is based on simple and adaptable hybrid solutions which the authors believe can be the right solution to also handle the increasing complexity .A new order management concept has been introduced, where skilled...... employees are able to pull and receive orders from a distributed IT system, communicate with suppliers and customers, and schedule operations. The research and implementation has been performed with global Danish companies like LINAK, STRECON and LEGO, but the idea is that the concept will be distributed...... around the world to obtain decentralized production units close to the local customers and suppliers....

  6. Enhanced methodology of focus control and monitoring on scanner tool

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    Chen, Yen-Jen; Kim, Young Ki; Hao, Xueli; Gomez, Juan-Manuel; Tian, Ye; Kamalizadeh, Ferhad; Hanson, Justin K.

    2017-03-01

    As the demand of the technology node shrinks from 14nm to 7nm, the reliability of tool monitoring techniques in advanced semiconductor fabs to achieve high yield and quality becomes more critical. Tool health monitoring methods involve periodic sampling of moderately processed test wafers to detect for particles, defects, and tool stability in order to ensure proper tool health. For lithography TWINSCAN scanner tools, the requirements for overlay stability and focus control are very strict. Current scanner tool health monitoring methods include running BaseLiner to ensure proper tool stability on a periodic basis. The focus measurement on YIELDSTAR by real-time or library-based reconstruction of critical dimensions (CD) and side wall angle (SWA) has been demonstrated as an accurate metrology input to the control loop. The high accuracy and repeatability of the YIELDSTAR focus measurement provides a common reference of scanner setup and user process. In order to further improve the metrology and matching performance, Diffraction Based Focus (DBF) metrology enabling accurate, fast, and non-destructive focus acquisition, has been successfully utilized for focus monitoring/control of TWINSCAN NXT immersion scanners. The optimal DBF target was determined to have minimized dose crosstalk, dynamic precision, set-get residual, and lens aberration sensitivity. By exploiting this new measurement target design, 80% improvement in tool-to-tool matching, >16% improvement in run-to-run mean focus stability, and >32% improvement in focus uniformity have been demonstrated compared to the previous BaseLiner methodology. Matching <2.4 nm across multiple NXT immersion scanners has been achieved with the new methodology of set baseline reference. This baseline technique, with either conventional BaseLiner low numerical aperture (NA=1.20) mode or advanced illumination high NA mode (NA=1.35), has also been evaluated to have consistent performance. This enhanced methodology of focus

  7. The computer simulation of laser proton acceleration for hadron therapy

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    Lykov, Vladimir; Baydin, Grigory

    2008-11-01

    The ions acceleration by intensive ultra-short laser pulses has interest in views of them possible applications for proton radiography, production of medical isotopes and hadron therapy. The 3D relativistic PIC-code LegoLPI is developed at RFNC-VNIITF for modeling of intensive laser interaction with plasma. The LegoLPI-code simulations were carried out to find the optimal conditions for generation of proton beams with parameters necessary for hadrons therapy. The performed simulations show that optimal for it may be two-layer foil of aluminum and polyethylene with thickness 100 nm and 50 nm accordingly. The maximum efficiency of laser energy transformation into 200 MeV protons is achieved on irradiating these foils by 30 fs laser pulse with intensity about 2.10^22 W/cm^2. The conclusion is made that lasers with peak power about 0.5-1PW and average power 0.5-1 kW are needed for generation of proton beams with parameters necessary for proton therapy.

  8. Hierarchical population model with a carrying capacity distribution for bacterial biofilms

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    Indekeu, J. O.; Sznajd-Weron, K.

    2003-12-01

    In order to describe biological colonies with a conspicuous hierarchical structure, a time- and space-discrete model for the growth of a rapidly saturating local biological population N(x,t) is derived from a hierarchical random deposition process previously studied in statistical physics. Two biologically relevant parameters, the probabilities of birth, B, and of death, D, determine the carrying capacity K. Due to the randomness the population depends strongly on position x and there is a distribution of carrying capacities, Π(K). This distribution has self-similar character owing to the exponential slowing down of the growth, assumed in this hierarchical model. The most probable carrying capacity and its probability are studied as a function of B and D. The effective growth rate decreases with time, roughly as in a Verhulst process. The model is possibly applicable, for example, to bacteria forming a “towering pillar” biofilm, a structure poorly described by standard Eden or diffusion-limited-aggregation models. The bacteria divide on randomly distributed nutrient-rich regions and are exposed to a random local bactericidal agent (antibiotic spray). A gradual overall temperature or chemical change away from optimal growth conditions reduces bacterial reproduction, while biofilm development degrades antimicrobial susceptibility, causing stagnation into a stationary state.

  9. Integrated Context-Aware Driver Assistance System Architecture

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    Elhadi M. Shakshuki

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, significant improvements have been made in the area of vehicular communication systems. Furthermore, vehicle-to-vehicle communication is considered a key concept for keeping roads safe. An efficient implementation of these systems is necessary to ensure the safety of driving situations and to reduce the collision rates. This paper proposes a Context-Aware Driver Assistance System that links drivers with the physical environment surrounding them using multiple types of sensors and traffic systems as well as considering the senior driver's difficulties and the system processing time. This is achieved by developing a warning system that assists drivers to avoid collisions and improve their response times. The proposed system architecture consists of a set of components to process the user's request such as parking assistance, and to provide responses and advices when needed. These components include communication, knowledge exchange, knowledge update, and context-history. Also, it includes other processes such as context-history manipulation, hazard detection, and hazard detection control. The main goal of the proposed system is to reduce the number of car accidents and improve driver's decisions. The NXT Robotic environment is used to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed system.

  10. Structural characterization of the principal mRNA-export factor Mex67–Mtr2 from Chaetomium thermophilum

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    Aibara, Shintaro; Valkov, Eugene; Lamers, Meindert H.; Dimitrova, Lyudmila; Hurt, Ed; Stewart, Murray

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structures of the individual domains of the Mex67–Mtr2 complex from C. thermophilum have been determined and their arrangement in solution has been studied by SAXS. Members of the Mex67–Mtr2/NXF–NXT1 family are the principal mediators of the nuclear export of mRNA. Mex67/NXF1 has a modular structure based on four domains (RRM, LRR, NTF2-like and UBA) that are thought to be present across species, although the level of sequence conservation between organisms, especially in lower eukaryotes, is low. Here, the crystal structures of these domains from the thermophilic fungus Chaetomium thermophilum are presented together with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and in vitro RNA-binding data that indicate that, not withstanding the limited sequence conservation between different NXF family members, the molecules retain similar structural and RNA-binding properties. Moreover, the resolution of crystal structures obtained with the C. thermophilum domains was often higher than that obtained previously and, when combined with solution and biochemical studies, provided insight into the structural organization, self-association and RNA-binding properties of Mex67–Mtr2 that facilitate mRNA nuclear export

  11. Gamma-Tocotrienol Modulated Gene Expression in Senescent Human Diploid Fibroblasts as Revealed by Microarray Analysis

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    Suzana Makpol

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of γ-tocotrienol, a vitamin E isomer, in modulating gene expression in cellular aging of human diploid fibroblasts was studied. Senescent cells at passage 30 were incubated with 70 μM of γ-tocotrienol for 24 h. Gene expression patterns were evaluated using Sentrix HumanRef-8 Expression BeadChip from Illumina, analysed using GeneSpring GX10 software, and validated using quantitative RT-PCR. A total of 100 genes were differentially expressed (P<0.001 by at least 1.5 fold in response to γ-tocotrienol treatment. Amongst the genes were IRAK3, SelS, HSPA5, HERPUD1, DNAJB9, SEPR1, C18orf55, ARF4, RINT1, NXT1, CADPS2, COG6, and GLRX5. Significant gene list was further analysed by Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA, and the Normalized Enrichment Score (NES showed that biological processes such as inflammation, protein transport, apoptosis, and cell redox homeostasis were modulated in senescent fibroblasts treated with γ-tocotrienol. These findings revealed that γ-tocotrienol may prevent cellular aging of human diploid fibroblasts by modulating gene expression.

  12. Development of precision optical systems for the control and measurement of electricity

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    Dolling, S. [NxtPhase Corporation , Vancouver BC (Canada)

    2000-01-01

    Various fibre-optics-based instrumentation designed to measure optical current and voltage at transmission levels have been recently introduced to the market. Honeywell Corporation is the U.S.-based global leader in navigational gyro systems; they have now applied the same fibre-optic gyro technology to develop instruments for the measurement of current. Similar developments at Integrated Optic Pockels Cell (IOPC), a successful spinoff from the University of British Columbia, led to an extremely accurate optical voltage transducer that avoids environmental concerns of alternative optical and conventional technologies. NxtPhase, a new company that is targeting optical current and voltage transducers for deployment at high voltage substations, is introducing new optical instrument transducers that offer higher accuracy, wider bandwidth, greater dynamic range, greater personnel safety , no oil-cellulose or SF6 insulation, and greater flexibility than existing CTs and VTs. Details of the development of the optical current transducer, the optical voltage transducer, and the ongoing field testing of prototypes are summarized.

  13. Structural characterization of the principal mRNA-export factor Mex67–Mtr2 from Chaetomium thermophilum

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    Aibara, Shintaro; Valkov, Eugene; Lamers, Meindert H. [MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QH (United Kingdom); Dimitrova, Lyudmila; Hurt, Ed [Biochemie-Zentrum der Universität Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 328, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Stewart, Murray, E-mail: ms@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk [MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QH (United Kingdom)

    2015-06-27

    The crystal structures of the individual domains of the Mex67–Mtr2 complex from C. thermophilum have been determined and their arrangement in solution has been studied by SAXS. Members of the Mex67–Mtr2/NXF–NXT1 family are the principal mediators of the nuclear export of mRNA. Mex67/NXF1 has a modular structure based on four domains (RRM, LRR, NTF2-like and UBA) that are thought to be present across species, although the level of sequence conservation between organisms, especially in lower eukaryotes, is low. Here, the crystal structures of these domains from the thermophilic fungus Chaetomium thermophilum are presented together with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and in vitro RNA-binding data that indicate that, not withstanding the limited sequence conservation between different NXF family members, the molecules retain similar structural and RNA-binding properties. Moreover, the resolution of crystal structures obtained with the C. thermophilum domains was often higher than that obtained previously and, when combined with solution and biochemical studies, provided insight into the structural organization, self-association and RNA-binding properties of Mex67–Mtr2 that facilitate mRNA nuclear export.

  14. EXPERIENCIAS CONSTRUCCIONISTAS CON ROBÓTICA EDUCATIVA EN EL CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE TECNOLOGÍAS AVANZADAS

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    Kathia Pittí

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available La tecnología digital en relación a su utilización en el ámbito educativo tienen dos vertientes: la de información y la de construcción. Aunque el énfasis actual, debido a la percepción popular, se inclina a la parte informativa, este trabajo descubre una parte olvidada del potencial que ofrece la tecnología digital como medio de construcción, específicamente la robótica educativa, que por su carácter polivalente y multidisciplinario se sitúa como una herramienta de apoyo al aprendizaje novedosa y necesaria de conocer por las nuevas generaciones.En este sentido, como ejemplo de buenas prácticas presentamos los talleres NXT de robótica del Centro Internacional de Tecnologías Avanzadas, un escenario construccionista de aprendizaje activo y lúdico, que les permite a los participantes mejorar su comprensión de la tecnología, potenciar habilidades y desarrollar la creatividad.

  15. Deformation and Recrystallization Behavior of the Cast Structure in Large Size, High Strength Steel Ingots: Experimentation and Modeling

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    Chadha, K.; Shahriari, D.; Tremblay, R.; Bhattacharjee, P. P.; Jahazi, M.

    2017-09-01

    Constitutive modeling of the ingot breakdown process of large size ingots of high strength steel was carried out through comprehensive thermomechanical processing using Gleeble 3800® thermomechanical simulator, finite element modeling (FEM), optical and electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD). For this purpose, hot compression tests in the range of 1473 K to 1323 K (1200 °C to 1050 °C) and strain rates of 0.25 to 2 s-1 were carried out. The stress-strain curves describing the deformation behavior of the dendritic microstructure of the cast ingot were analyzed in terms of the Arrhenius and Hansel-Spittel models which were implemented in Forge NxT 1.0® FEM software. The results indicated that the Arrhenius model was more reliable in predicting microstructure evolution of the as-cast structure during ingot breakdown, particularly the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization (DRX) process which was a vital parameter in estimating the optimum loads for forming of large size components. The accuracy and reliability of both models were compared in terms of correlation coefficient (R) and the average absolute relative error (ARRE).

  16. Evolutionary Pattern of N-Glycosylation Sequon Numbers  in Eukaryotic ABC Protein Superfamilies

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    R. Shyama Prasad Rao

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Many proteins contain a large number of NXS/T sequences (where X is any amino acid except proline which are the potential sites of asparagine (N linked glycosylation. However, the patterns of occurrence of these N-glycosylation sequons in related proteins or groups of proteins and their underlying causes have largely been unexplored. We computed the actual and probabilistic occurrence of NXS/T sequons in ABC protein superfamilies from eight diverse eukaryotic organisms. The ABC proteins contained significantly higher NXS/T sequon numbers compared to respective genome-wide average, but the sequon density was significantly lower owing to the increase in protein size and decrease in sequon specific amino acids. However, mammalian ABC proteins have significantly higher sequon density, and both serine and threonine containing sequons (NXS and NXT have been positively selected—against the recent findings of only threonine specific Darwinian selection of sequons in proteins. The occurrence of sequons was positively correlated with the frequency of sequon specific amino acids and negatively correlated with proline and the NPS/T sequences. Further, the NPS/T sequences were significantly higher than expected in plant ABC proteins which have the lowest number of NXS/T sequons. Accord- ingly, compared to overall proteins, N-glycosylation sequons in ABC protein superfamilies have a distinct pattern of occurrence, and the results are discussed in an evolutionary perspective.

  17. Lay Adjudication in Europe: The Rise and Fall of the Traditional Jury

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    John Jackson

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    Full Text Available Drawing on a second survey of lay adjudication in Europe conducted by the authors in 2011-2012, this article points to a general decline across Europe in the use of the ‘traditional’ jury and a trend towards diminishing its capacity to deliver independent decisions. Two examples from Eastern and Western Europe are used to illustrate this trend: a case study of the Russian jury shows how a lack of respect within the legal culture of professionals for lay adjudication has reduced the jury in Russia to a mere ‘decorative’ institution and an analysis of the ECtHR’s jurisprudence shows how the Court’s concern to avoid arbitrary decision making has been encouraging Western European states to introduce greater accountability measures, which threaten the jury’s independence. The article ends on a more optimistic note by arguing that greater accountability measures need not detract from the jury’ s traditional role in promoting lay and political participation in the administration of justice. Basándose en una segunda encuesta sobre adjudicación de legos en Europa desarrollada por los autores entre 2011 y 2012, este artículo apunta a una disminución general en toda Europa del uso del jurado "tradicional" y una tendencia hacia su capacidad cada vez menor de prestar decisiones independientes. Se utilizan dos ejemplos de Europa oriental y occidental para ilustrar esta tendencia: un estudio de caso del jurado ruso demuestra cómo dentro de la cultura jurídica, la falta de respeto de los profesionales hacia la adjudicación de legos ha reducido el jurado en Rusia a una institución meramente “decorativa” y un análisis de la jurisprudencia del TEDH muestra cómo la preocupación de la Corte para evitar la toma de decisiones arbitrarias ha fomentado que los estados de Europa occidental introduzcan mayores medidas de control, que ponen en peligro la independencia del jurado. El artículo termina con una nota más optimista con el

  18. Arctide2017, a high-resolution regional tidal model in the Arctic Ocean

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    Cancet, M.; Andersen, O. B.; Lyard, F.

    2018-01-01

    The Arctic Ocean is a challenging region for tidal modelling. The accuracy of the global tidal models decreases by several centimeters in the Polar Regions, which has a large impact on the quality of the satellite altimeter sea surface heights and the altimetry-derived products. NOVELTIS, DTU Space...... and LEGOS have developed Arctide2017, a regional, high-resolution tidal atlas in the Arctic Ocean, in the framework of an extension of the CryoSat Plus for Ocean (CP4O) ESA STSE (Support to Science Element) project. In particular, this atlas benefits from the assimilation of the most complete satellite...... altimetry dataset ever used in this region, including Envisat data up to 82°N and CryoSat-2 data between 82°N and 88°N. The combination of these satellite altimetry missions gives the best possible coverage of altimetry-derived tidal constituents. The available tide gauge data were also used for data...

  19. A Robot-Based Tool for Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation of Elderly People Using Biofeedback

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    Leire Lopez-Samaniego

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    Full Text Available This publication presents a complete description of a technological solution system for the physical and cognitive rehabilitation of elderly people through a biofeedback system, which is combined with a Lego robot. The technology used was the iOS’s (iPhone Operating System Objective-C programming language and its XCode programming environment; and SQLite in order to create the database. The biofeedback system is implemented by the use of two biosensors which are, in fact, a Microsoft band 2 in order to register the user’s heart rate and a MYO sensor to detect the user’s arm movement. Finally, the system was tested with seven elderly people from La Santa y Real Casa de la Misericordia nursing home in Bilbao. The statistical assessment has shown that the users are satisfied with the usability of the system, with a mean score of 79.29 on the System Usability Scale (SUS questionnaire.

  20. I Show You How I Like You: Emotional Human-Robot Interaction through Facial Expression and Tactile Stimulation

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    Fredslund, Jakob; Cañamero, Lola D.

    2001-01-01

    We report work on a LEGO robot capable of displaying several emo- tional expressions in response to physical contact. Our motivation has been to explore believable emotional exchanges to achieve plausible interaction with a simple robot. We have worked toward this goal in two ways. First......, emotional states need to be clearly conveyed. We have drawn inspira- tion from theories of human basic emotions with associated universal facial expressions, which we have implemented in a caricaturized face. We have conducted experiments on both children and adults to assess the recogniz- ability......, acknowledging the importance of physical manipulation in children's inter- actions, interaction with the robot is through tactile stimulation; the various kinds of stimulation that can elicit the robot's emotions are grounded in a model of emotion activation based on different stimulation patterns. Sec- ond...

  1. A study of kinetic friction: The Timoshenko oscillator

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    Henaff, Robin; Le Doudic, Gabriel; Pilette, Bertrand; Even, Catherine; Fischbach, Jean-Marie; Bouquet, Frédéric; Bobroff, Julien; Monteverde, Miguel; Marrache-Kikuchi, Claire A.

    2018-03-01

    Friction is a complex phenomenon that is of paramount importance in everyday life. We present an easy-to-build and inexpensive experiment illustrating Coulomb's law of kinetic friction. The so-called friction, or Timoshenko, oscillator consists of a plate set into periodic motion through the competition between gravity and friction on its rotating supports. The period of such an oscillator gives a measurement of the coefficient of kinetic friction μk between the plate and the supports. Our prototype is mainly composed of a motor, LEGO blocks, and a low-cost microcontroller, but despite its simplicity, the results obtained are in good agreement with values of μk found in the literature (enhanced online).

  2. Experience with the behavior-basedRobot development

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    Marian, Nicolae; Bilberg, Arne

    , including aspects to transform social contexts into behavioral control models and to plan a behavioral strategy and make it adaptive. Validation of ideas is made in an experiment with a group of LEGO mobile robots using a range of sensors and negotiating their roles in different environments, which......In the near future robotic devices will be integrated in our daily lives. They would have to be equipped with social intelligence so they can move and act in a way that humans consider to be safe, reliable and in compliance with the unwritten rules of acceptable social behaviors linked to a given...... context. Instead of having stored computer-based models of surrounding environments (deliberative systems), behavior-based robots (BBR) are guided by their users through smart cooperation and interaction. For instance, there is no programming in the robot of what a crop field, cleaning floor...

  3. A Robot-Based Tool for Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation of Elderly People Using Biofeedback

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    Lopez-Samaniego, Leire; Garcia-Zapirain, Begonya

    2016-01-01

    This publication presents a complete description of a technological solution system for the physical and cognitive rehabilitation of elderly people through a biofeedback system, which is combined with a Lego robot. The technology used was the iOS’s (iPhone Operating System) Objective-C programming language and its XCode programming environment; and SQLite in order to create the database. The biofeedback system is implemented by the use of two biosensors which are, in fact, a Microsoft band 2 in order to register the user’s heart rate and a MYO sensor to detect the user’s arm movement. Finally, the system was tested with seven elderly people from La Santa y Real Casa de la Misericordia nursing home in Bilbao. The statistical assessment has shown that the users are satisfied with the usability of the system, with a mean score of 79.29 on the System Usability Scale (SUS) questionnaire. PMID:27886146

  4. Cosmic Star–Forming Gas as seen from the Milky Way

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    Kauffmann, Jens

    2018-01-01

    We still struggle to understand the star formation properties of galaxies throughout the cosmos. Is star formation driven by the structure of galaxies? Or is it plainly controlled by the mass of dense gas that can be found in a galaxy?This poster presents results from several recent projects that deliver important insights on the global star formation activity of galaxies, based on detailed studies of star-forming regions in the Milky Way. First, the proberties of dense clouds in the Galactic Center are discussed, using data from interferometers likw ALMA. Second, the kinematics of Milky Way molecular clouds are discussed based on a variety of data sets. Third, the LEGO survey (Line Emission in Galaxy Observations) is discussed. This latter study challenges concepts of how dense gas in galaxies can be traced. In combination these studies deliver a fresh look at the various factors controlling how galaxies form stars.

  5. Product Platform Performance

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    Munk, Lone

    , and the subject has gained increased attention in industry and academia the past decade. Literature on platform-based product development is often based on single case studies and it is sparsely verified if expected effects are achieved. This makes it difficult to put forward realistic expectations for companies.......e. if the expected results are achieved), and • reasons for possible deviations between these, comparing them to existing platform assessment criteria. The research results are based on 8 comprehensive case studies of product platforms in LEGO Company in the period of 2004-2009 (involving participant observation...... effects. The model empirically verifies findings in literature and received moderate support from industry in the validation study. The research findings document that product platforms achieve significant internal effects in terms of • reduced development time (often around 25 %), • reduced number...

  6. Position Control of the Single Spherical Wheel Mobile Robot by Using the Fuzzy Sliding Mode Controller

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    Hamed Navabi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A spherical wheel robot or Ballbot—a robot that balances on an actuated spherical ball—is a new and recent type of robot in the popular area of mobile robotics. This paper focuses on the modeling and control of such a robot. We apply the Lagrangian method to derive the governing dynamic equations of the system. We also describe a novel Fuzzy Sliding Mode Controller (FSMC implemented to control a spherical wheel mobile robot. The nonlinear nature of the equations makes the controller nontrivial. We compare the performance of four different fuzzy controllers: (a regulation with one signal, (b regulation and position control with one signal, (c regulation and position control with two signals, and (d FSMC for regulation and position control with two signals. The system is evaluated in a realistic simulation and the robot parameters are chosen based on a LEGO platform, so the designed controllers have the ability to be implemented on real hardware.

  7. LABRATS &Tridacnids

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    Abmayr, V.

    2016-12-01

    How did a middle school robotics team from Texas end up working with a marine researcher who worked in the Cook Islands? Dr. Charlie Waters' work on giant clam restoration was a perfect match for our research component in the 2015 First Lego League competition challenge Trash Trek. What began as a simple idea of how to recycle materials for his work developed into an extraordinary collaboration across an ocean, which included a vist to our school from Dr. Waters. Our story didn't end with the completion of our robotic season, but extends to this day with our re- design of a growth chamber for his work! Moreover, the scope of the project has broadened to include students from the Cook Islands in the assembly of our growth chambers.

  8. A Robot-Based Tool for Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation of Elderly People Using Biofeedback.

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    Lopez-Samaniego, Leire; Garcia-Zapirain, Begonya

    2016-11-24

    This publication presents a complete description of a technological solution system for the physical and cognitive rehabilitation of elderly people through a biofeedback system, which is combined with a Lego robot. The technology used was the iOS's (iPhone Operating System) Objective-C programming language and its XCode programming environment; and SQLite in order to create the database. The biofeedback system is implemented by the use of two biosensors which are, in fact, a Microsoft band 2 in order to register the user's heart rate and a MYO sensor to detect the user's arm movement. Finally, the system was tested with seven elderly people from La Santa y Real Casa de la Misericordia nursing home in Bilbao. The statistical assessment has shown that the users are satisfied with the usability of the system, with a mean score of 79.29 on the System Usability Scale (SUS) questionnaire.

  9. Conceptual framework language – CFL –

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    Sandro J. Bolaños-Castro

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta el Lenguaje de Marcos Conceptuales –LMC–, su objetivo es cerrar la brecha entre los lenguajes de programación y los lenguajes de diseño, empleando el mecanismo de la esquematización, este propone cambiar la complejidad de la sintaxis de los lenguajes de programación y la complejidad de la diagramación por la facilidad de ensamble y anidamiento de marcos o bloques conceptuales a manera de Lego, se presenta las posibilidades que brinda LMC como un leguaje más próximo a la resolución de problemas empleando un vocabulario computacional y científico, que se hace transparente al usuario, se plantean comparaciones e integraciones con lenguajes como java y UML, se proponen métricas y se hace una implementación de la plataforma en lenguaje java.

  10. Designing supply chain strategy by using shared information

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    Wong, Chee Yew

    2006-01-01

    This case study describes a supply chain redesign project in LEGO Company, a toy manufacturer from Denmark. The toy manufacturer faced extreme seasonality and unpredictable demands. It used to supply toys with a physically responsive supply chain, which produced according to monthly forecasts...... of retailer demands, and allocated inventories along the supply chain to ensure high fill-rates to its customers (the toy retailers). However, this supply chain strategy was ineffective. It generated high mismatch of supply and demand, and consequently high costs on obsolete inventory, markdown and lost sales....... The supply chain redesign project collected handful of information to determine the appropriate levels of supply responsiveness for different products and retailers. However, the project team was indecisive on two choices: 1) to produce according to the real consumer demands using the shared consumer demand...

  11. Mining online community data

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    Christensen, Kasper; Liland, Kristian Hovde; Kvaal, Knut

    2017-01-01

    Ideas are essential for innovation and for the continuous renewal of a firm’s product offerings. Previous research has argued that online communities contain such ideas. Therefore, online communities such as forums, Facebook groups, blogs etc. are potential gold mines for innovative ideas that can...... be used for boosting the innovation performance of the firm. However, the nature of online community data makes idea detection labor intensive. As an answer to this problem, research has shown that it might be possible to detect ideas from online communities, automatically. Research is however, yet...... to provide an answer to what is it that makes such automatic idea detection possible? Our study is based on two datasets from dialogue between members of two distinct online communities. The first community is related to beer. The second is related to Lego. We generate machine learning classifiers based...

  12. Enhancing the public impact of the Higgs discovery and other fundamental physics research

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    Lidstrom, Suzy; Read, Alex; Parke, Stephen; Allen, Roland; Goldfarb, Steven; Mehlhase, Sascha; Ekelof, Tord; Walker, Alan

    2014-03-01

    The recent experimental discovery of a Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the LHC, together with the awarding of the 2013 Nobel Prize for its theoretical prediction, has presented an exceptional opportunity for public outreach regarding the goals and importance of fundamental research in physics. We discuss novel avenues for further extending this outreach in all areas. These range from tutorial papers addressing students and teachers to internet resources and presentations to unconventional, but captivating, educational materials such as musical videos and LEGO models. Interaction with active scientists can be particularly stimulating. We account how this was encouraged (by means such as badges inviting questions from the public) during Nobel week and afterwards. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics explained Physica Scripta, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

  13. Performing Identities

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    von Wallpach, Sylvia; Hemetsberger, Andrea; Espersen, Peter

    2017-01-01

    This article provides in-depth insights into the dynamic, performative co-construction of stakeholder and brand identity in the context of the LEGO brand. Based on detailed considerations of individual and social identity theory, a critique of research on brand identity, and a review of current...... performative approaches to branding, this study applies a performativity theory perspective. Brand performances—encompassing playing and liking, basement building and showcasing, creating and innovating, community building and facilitating, storytelling, missionizing, and marketplace developing—exhibit generic...... ludic, creative, economic, and socializing qualities and co-construct involved identities. The findings contribute to a dynamic view of brand identity, highlighting brand identity's performative construction alongside constructions of stakeholder identities and the strong interrelatedness of company...

  14. Evolution by Pervasive Gene Fusion in Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Synthesizing Genes

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    Orla Coleman

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    Full Text Available Phylogenetic (tree-based approaches to understanding evolutionary history are unable to incorporate convergent evolutionary events where two genes merge into one. In this study, as exemplars of what can be achieved when a tree is not assumed a priori, we have analysed the evolutionary histories of polyketide synthase genes and antibiotic resistance genes and have shown that their history is replete with convergent events as well as divergent events. We demonstrate that the overall histories of these genes more closely resembles the remodelling that might be seen with the children’s toy Lego, than the standard model of the phylogenetic tree. This work demonstrates further that genes can act as public goods, available for re-use and incorporation into other genetic goods.

  15. Diseño, implementación y elaboración de una terminología multilingüe del ámbito del turrón, mazapanes y otros dulces

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    Santamaría-Pérez, Isabel

    2015-01-01

    Este estudio es una presentación de un proyecto terminográfico multilingüe. Se trata de un diccionario en español monolingüe con equivalentes en catalán, inglés, chino, árabe y ruso del ámbito del turrón, mazapanes y otros dulces. Está dirigido a usuarios legos o semiexpertos en la materia y su finalidad es ayudar a solventar las dudas a la hora de redactar y traducir textos de este sector con la intención de facilitar las transacciones comerciales. The study is a presentation of a multili...

  16. Spanning organizational boundaries to manage creative processes:

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    Andersen, Poul Houman; Kragh, Hanne; Lettl, Christopher

    2013-01-01

    In order to continue to be innovative in the current fast-paced and competitive environment, organizations are increasingly dependent on creative inputs developed outside their boundaries. The paper addresses the boundary spanning activities that managers undertake to a) select and mobilize...... creative talent, b) create shared identity, and c) combine and integrate knowledge in innovation projects involving external actors. We study boundary spanning activities in two creative projects in the LEGO group. One involves identifying and integrating deep, specialized knowledge, the other focuses...... on the use of external actors as a source of broad, not necessarily fully developed ideas. We find that the boundary spanning activities in these two projects differ in respect, among other things, of how the firm selects participants, formulates problems, and aligns the expectations of internal and external...

  17. Playte, a tangible interface for engaging human-robot interaction

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    Christensen, David Johan; Fogh, Rune; Lund, Henrik Hautop

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes a tangible interface, Playte, designed for children animating interactive robots. The system supports physical manipulation of behaviors represented by LEGO bricks and allows the user to record and train their own new behaviors. Our objective is to explore several modes of in...... that Playte facilitates playful activities and is appropriate for the intended target group (age 6+). Further, we discuss lessons learned regarding pros and cons of the different supported interactions modes....... of interaction, i.e. direct remote control, tangible programming, programming by demonstration, and programming by training, to learn the design principles for more accessible, engaging, and playful robots. We evaluate the system experimentally and report on key observations from play sessions. We conclude...

  18. Nelson Werneck Sodré e a história da imprensa no Brasil

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    Ribeiro,Ana Paula Goulart

    2015-01-01

    Resumo A História da Imprensa no Brasil, de Nelson Werneck Sodré, foi publicado pela primeira vez em 1966, há quase 50 anos. Trata-se de um trabalho de fôlego, que traz informações detalhadas e preciosas sobre a imprensa brasileira de 1808 até os anos 1960. Apesar de outros livros sobre o assunto terem sido escritos antes e depois, a obra de Sodré ainda hoje é o principal texto de síntese utilizado pelos estudiosos no país. O objetivo deste texto é pensar sobre os estudos de história da Comun...

  19. PENDEKATAN BERMAIN UNTUK MENURUNKAN PERILAKU MENGHINDAR PADA ANAK YANG MENGALAMI TRAUMA PENGOBATAN

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    Sumiati Sumiati

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    Full Text Available Trauma is emotional response that involve intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Trauma raises three reactions i.e. disrupt memory, avoidance behavior and emergence of physical disorders. Children love games. This study aimed to test the effect of the playing approach against avoidance behaviors in a child with treatment trauma due to chronic disease. This study used a quasi experimental by Single Subject Randomized Time Series Design. The research subject was a seven years old child who suffering chronic Lyme disease with a fist size swelling in her face who showed avoidance behaviour trauma. Lego, drawing, folding, and story telling have been choosen as playing approach. The avoidance behaviour were observed consists of treatment avoidance and laboratory avoidance. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistical analysis in the form of graphs. The results shown that playing method had lowering effect in both avoidance behaviors. 

  20. Effects of 6 weeks motor-enrichment-intervention to improve math performance in preadolescent children

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    Wienecke, Jacob; Beck, Mikkel Malling; Lind, Rune Rasmussen

    . Three groups were included: 1) Control group with normal math teaching, CON (used pencil, paper but refrained from additional motor activity). 2) Fine-motor-enriched-group, FM (motor-manipulating LEGO bricks integrated in the lessons). 3) Gross-motor-enriched-group, GM (full-body movements integrated...... al., 2015). We conducted a six-week cluster-randomized intervention study of motor-enriched mathematics for Danish schoolchildren (n= 148, age= 7.5 ± 0.02). We investigated whether low intensity motor activity congruently integrated during solving of math problems could enhance math performance...... in the lessons). In FM and GM, all math classes (six lessons pr. week) had motor activity integrated in the math lessons and the teachers of all groups followed a detailed description for the conduction of the lessons. This aimed at ensuring homogeneity between groups concerning the taught themes. The children...

  1. Gender performance in an out-of-school science context

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    Silfver, Eva

    2018-03-01

    This article examines how school students perform gender during a visit to a science centre where they programme Lego cars. The focus is on how students relate to each other—how they talk and what they do. Theoretically, the article draws on the `heterosexual matrix' and a Foucauldian understanding of how power and knowledge are tightly interwoven and that discursive practices regulate people's possible positions and ways of being in different situations and contexts. The analysis is primarily based on video data from the science centre and a number of student interviews. The article gives several examples of how stereotypical gender performances are maintained but also challenged. This is important knowledge, because if we want to challenge norms, we first need to see them and understand how they are reproduced.

  2. Accurate referential communication and its relation with private and social speech in a naturalistic context.

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    Girbau, Dolors; Boada, Humbert

    2004-11-01

    Research into human communication has been grouped under two traditions: referential and sociolinguistic. The study of a communication behavior simultaneously from both paradigms appears to be absent. Basically, this paper analyzes the use of private and social speech, through both a referential task (Word Pairs) and a naturalistic dyadic setting (Lego-set) administered to a sample of 64 children from grades 3 and 5. All children, of 8 and 10 years of age, used speech that was not adapted to the decoder, and thus ineffective for interpersonal communication, in both referential and sociolinguistic communication. Pairs of high-skill referential encoders used significantly more task-relevant social speech, that is, cognitively more complex, than did low-skill dyads in the naturalistic context. High-skill referential encoder dyads showed a trend to produce more inaudible private speech than did low-skill ones during spontaneous communication. Gender did not affect the results.

  3. Foucault, Experiência, Literatura

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    João Rodolfo Munhoz Ohara

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Em uma das várias entrevistas nas quais discute sua insatisfação com o horizonte filosófico de seus dias de estudante, dominado pelo marxismo, pela fenomenologia e pelo existencialismo, Foucault faz a seguinte afirmação: "para mim, a ruptura se deu primeiramente Waiting for Godot, de Beckett, uma performance de tirar o fôlego." Meu objetivo neste texto é estabelecer as bases para compreender como é possível que um trabalho de literatura tenha tal efeito - qual seja, forçar-nos a pensar de outra maneira. É realmente possível que trabalhos de literatura mudem as pessoas que os leem? Ou, para dar a essa questão um foco ligeiramente diferente, as pessoas são capazes de mudarem a si mesmas através de suas leituras literárias?

  4. Poesia no espelho: Yona Wollach e Hilda Hilst

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    Lucius de Mello

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Elas estilhaçaram a própria identidade para atingir o estado mais puro e subjetivo da Poesia. O diálogo entre os poemas subversivos da israelense Yona Wollach e da brasileira Hilda Hilst. Desvendar os mundos poéticos e narrativos dessas duas poetisas é um desafio de fôlego. Este artigo não tem a pretensão de fazer uma análise profunda. Pretendemos trazer à luz apenas algumas semelhanças e diferenças entre Wollach e Hilst, duas mulheres sempre à deriva, sempre “estrangeiras” mesmo dentro da própria casa.

  5. Collaborative Supply Chain Planning and Coordination

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    Wong, Chee Yew

    This thesis contains main results from an industrial PhD research in the areas of supply chain strategy, planning, and coordination. It applies the concepts of responsiveness and coordination to reduce mismatch of supply and demand, especially for a volatile and seasonal supply chain. It involves...... a series of case studies on the process of planning coordination between a toy manufacturer (LEGO Company) and its major European customers (toy retailers). The thesis presents a plurality of six selected research papers and a main report. These research papers provide case analyses while the main report...... between the toy manufacturer and three European retailers. These three case studies provide evidences that the toy manufacturer and the retailers followed some particular patterns of planning coordination processes; they also practised some patterns of coordination behaviour during the coordination...

  6. Editorial Board Thoughts: Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – STEAM, Creative Abrasion, and the Opportunity in Libraries Today

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    Patrick Tod Colegrove

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available By actively seeking out opportunities to bring art into traditionally STEM-focused activity, and vice-versa, we are deliberately increasing the diversity of the environment. Makerspace services and activities, to the extent they are open and visibly accessible to all, are a natural for the spontaneous development of trans-disciplinary collaboration. Within the spaces of the library, opportunities to connect individuals around shared avocational interest might range from music and spontaneous performance areas to spaces salted with LEGO bricks and jigsaw puzzles; the potential connections between our resources and the members of our communities are as diverse as their interests. Indeed, when a practitioner from one discipline can interact and engage with others from across the STEAM spectrum, the world becomes a richer place – and maybe, just maybe, we can fan the flames of curiosity along the way.

  7. Communities of Play - a collective unfolding

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    Thorsted, Ann Charlotte

    2016-01-01

    This paper discusses the role of play in organizations and its ability to create a community of play regarded as a group of people deeply engaged in play. The elaboration is based on an empirical study of adults playing in the Danish international toy company LEGO. The study confirms that play can...... support organizations in solving present day challenges, such as learning, communication, innovation and collaboration. But before talking about solving anything, this paper argues – primarily through the perspective of Gadamer – that it is equally intriguing to look into what play as a universal life....... By introducing the new term ‘community of play’ into the discussion of play among adults in organizational contexts, the paper tries to spark an existential inquiry into the more intangible and human aspects of organizations....

  8. Online Dictionaries on the Internet: An Overview for the African Languages

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    Gilles-Maurice de Schryver

    2011-10-01

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    Abstract: The main purpose of this research article is rather bold, in that an attempt is made at a comprehensive overview of all currently available African-language Internet dictionaries. Quite surprisingly, a substantial number of such dictionaries is already available, for a large number of languages, with a relatively large number of users. The key characteristics of these dictionaries and various cross-language distributions are expounded on. In a second section the first South African online dictionary interface is introduced. Although compiled by just a small number of scholars, this dictionary contains a world's first in that lexicographic customisation is implemented on various levels in real time on the Internet.

    Keywords: LEXICOGRAPHY, TERMINOLOGY, DICTIONARIES, INTERNET, ONLINE, LOOK-UP MODE, BROWSE MODE, AFRICAN LANGUAGES, SESOTHO SA LEBOA, SIMULTANEOUS FEEDBACK, FUZZY SF, CUSTOMISATION

    Senaganwa: Dipukuntšu tša online tše di lego mo Inthaneteng: Ponokakaretšoya maleme a Afrika. Morero wo mogolo wa taodišwana ye ya nyakišišo ke wo otiilego ka ge teko e dirilwe ka tebelelo ya kakaretšo ye e tletšego go dipukuntšu ka moka tša Inthanetetšeo di šetšego di le gona mo malemeng a Afrika. Sa go makatša ke gore go šetše go na le paloye ntši ya dipukuntšu tše bjalo mo malemeng a mantši gape di na le badiriši ba bantši. Go hlalošwadipharologantšho tše bohlokwa tša dipukuntšu tše le ka moo diphatlalatšo di dirwago ka gonagare ga maleme a mantši a go fapana. Mo karolong ya bobedi go tsebišwa pukuntšu ya online ye elego ya pele gape e lego ya makgonthe ya Afrika Borwa. Le ge e le gore pukuntšu ye e hlamilwe kedirutegi di se kae, e šetše e tšea sefoka lefaseng ka bophara. Se ke ka lebaka la gore pukuntšu ye edirilwe ka tsela yeo e lego gore dilo di ka beakanywa gore di itšweletše ka botšona gomme tšalokela batho ka moka bao ba e dirišago mo Inthaneteng ka yona nako yeo.

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  9. Estimates of vertical land motion along the southwestern coasts of Turkey from coastal altimetry and tide gauge data

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    Yildiz, Hasan; Andersen, Ole Baltazar; Simav, Mehmet

    2013-01-01

    The differences between coastal altimetry and sea level time series of tide gauges in between March 1993 and December 2009 are used to estimate the rates of vertical land motion at three tide gauge locations along the southwestern coasts of Turkey. The CTOH/LEGOS along-track coastal altimetry...... retrieves altimetric sea level anomalies closer to the coast than the standard along-track altimetry products. However, the use of altimetry very close to the coast is not found to improve the results. On the contrary, the gridded and interpolated AVISO merged product exhibits the best agreement with tide...... gauge data as it provides the smoothest variability both in space and time compared with along track altimetry data. The Antalya gauge to the south (in the Mediterranean Sea) and the Mentes/Izmir gauge to the west (in the Aegean Sea) both show subsidence while the Bodrum tide gauge to the south (in...

  10. Event display of a H -> 2e2mu candidate event

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    2012-01-01

    Event display of a H -> 2e2mu candidate event with m(4l) = 122.6 (123.9) GeV without (with) Z mass constraint. The masses of the lepton pairs are 87.9 GeV and 19.6 GeV. The event was recorded by ATLAS on 18-Jun-2012, 11:07:47 CEST in run number 205113 as event number 12611816. Muon tracks are colored red, electron tracks and clusters in the LAr calorimeter are colored green. The Lego plot inset indicates the amount of transverse energy Et measured in the calorimeters. The second inset shows a zoom into the vertex region, indicating that the 4 leptons originate from the same primary vertex.

  11. Event display of a H -> 4e candidate event

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    2012-01-01

    Event display (side view) of a H -> 4e candidate event with m(4l) = 124.5 (124.6) GeV without (with) Z mass constraint. The masses of the lepton pairs are 70.6 GeV and 44.7 GeV. The event was recorded by ATLAS on 18-May-2012, 20:28:11 CEST in run number 203602 as event number 82614360. The tracks of the two electron pairs are colored red and blue, respectively. Electron clusters in the LAr calorimeter are colored darkgreen. The three displays on the right-hand side show the r-phi view of the event (top), a zoom into the vertex region, indicating that the 4 electrons originate from the same primary vertex (middle), and a Lego plot indicating the amount of transverse energy Et measured in the calorimeters (bottom).

  12. Event display of a H -> 4e candidate event

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    2012-01-01

    Event display of a H -> 4e candidate event with m(4l) = 124.5 (124.6) GeV without (with) Z mass constraint. The masses of the lepton pairs are 70.6 GeV and 44.7 GeV. The event was recorded by ATLAS on 18-May-2012, 20:28:11 CEST in run number 203602 as event number 82614360. The tracks and clusters of the two electron pairs are colored red and blue, respectively. The three displays on the right-hand side show the r-phi view of the event (top), a zoom into the vertex region, indicating that the 4 electrons originate from the same primary vertex (middle), and a Lego plot indicating the amount of transverse energy Et measured in the calorimeters (bottom).

  13. Older Adult Video Game Preferences in Practice: Investigating the Effects of Competing or Cooperating.

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    Souders, Dustin J; Boot, Walter R; Charness, Neil; Moxley, Jerad H

    2016-01-01

    Video game interventions with the aim to improve cognition have shown promise for both younger (e.g., Powers et al., 2013) and older adults (e.g., Toril, Reales, and Ballesteros, 2014). Most studies suggest that fast-paced action games produce the largest benefits, but a recent video game intervention with older adults found that an action game intervention can result in poor adherence (Boot et al., 2013). To increase intervention adherence, we investigated older adult video game preferences that might bolster adherence by having participants play a competitive game (Mario Kart DS) or a cooperative game (Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga) alone or with a partner. Although hypotheses regarding cooperative and multi-player gameplay were not supported, converging evidence suggests multi-player game play may lead to greater enjoyment, which was related to intervention adherence in a previous study (Boot et al., 2013). Insights for gaming intervention studies in older populations are also provided.

  14. Disrupting the Industry with Play

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    Lund, Henrik Hautop

    2016-01-01

    or two ago. This is significantly disrupting the industry in several market sectors. This paper describes the components of the playware and embodied artificial intelligence research that has led to disruption in the industrial robotics sector, and which points to the next disruption of the health care......Decades of research into intelligent, playful technology and user-friendly man-machine interfaces has provided important insight into the creation of robotic systems and intelligent interactive systems which are much more user-friendly, safer and cheaper than what appeared possible merely a decade...... sector. This includes playful robotics, LEGO robots for kids, minimal robot systems, user-friendly, behavior-based, biomimetic, modular robotics and intelligent systems. The insight into these components and the use in synthesis for designing robots and intelligent systems allows anybody, anywhere...

  15. Managing Hidden Costs of Offshoring

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    Larsen, Marcus M.; Pedersen, Torben

    2014-01-01

    This chapter investigates the concept of the ‘hidden costs’ of offshoring, i.e. unexpected offshoring costs exceeding the initially expected costs. Due to the highly undefined nature of these costs, we position our analysis towards the strategic responses of firms’ realisation of hidden costs. In......-by-doing process, where hidden costs motivate firms and their employees to search for new and better knowledge on how to successfully manage the organisation. We illustrate this thesis based on the case of the LEGO Group........ In this regard, we argue that a major response to the hidden costs of offshoring is the identification and utilisation of strategic mechanisms in the organisational design to eventually achieving system integration in a globally dispersed and disaggregated organisation. This is heavily moderated by a learning...

  16. Business Process innovation

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    Møller, Charles; Hansen, Poul Kyvsgaard

    2016-01-01

    Most organizations today are required not only to establish effective business processes but they are required to accommodate for changing business conditions at an increasing rate. Many business processes extend beyond the boundary of the enterprise into the supply chain and the information...... infrastructure therefore is critical. Today nearly every business relies on their Enterprise System (ES) for process integration and the future generations of Enterprise Systems will increasingly be driven by business process models. Consequently process modelling and improvement will become vital for business...... process innovation (BPI) in future organizations. This paper explores the applicability of one particular methodology for Business Process Innovation to deal with the challenge that the LEGO organization is facing with the alignment of their product development process and their supply chain. The paper...

  17. Exploring types of play in an adapted robotics program for children with disabilities.

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    Lindsay, Sally; Lam, Ashley

    2018-04-01

    Play is an important occupation in a child's development. Children with disabilities often have fewer opportunities to engage in meaningful play than typically developing children. The purpose of this study was to explore the types of play (i.e., solitary, parallel and co-operative) within an adapted robotics program for children with disabilities aged 6-8 years. This study draws on detailed observations of each of the six robotics workshops and interviews with 53 participants (21 children, 21 parents and 11 programme staff). Our findings showed that four children engaged in solitary play, where all but one showed signs of moving towards parallel play. Six children demonstrated parallel play during all workshops. The remainder of the children had mixed play types play (solitary, parallel and/or co-operative) throughout the robotics workshops. We observed more parallel and co-operative, and less solitary play as the programme progressed. Ten different children displayed co-operative behaviours throughout the workshops. The interviews highlighted how staff supported children's engagement in the programme. Meanwhile, parents reported on their child's development of play skills. An adapted LEGO ® robotics program has potential to develop the play skills of children with disabilities in moving from solitary towards more parallel and co-operative play. Implications for rehabilitation Educators and clinicians working with children who have disabilities should consider the potential of LEGO ® robotics programs for developing their play skills. Clinicians should consider how the extent of their involvement in prompting and facilitating children's engagement and play within a robotics program may influence their ability to interact with their peers. Educators and clinicians should incorporate both structured and unstructured free-play elements within a robotics program to facilitate children's social development.

  18. Introduction to Juries and Mixed Tribunals across the Globe: New Developments, Common Challenges and Future Directions

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    Nancy S. Marder

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The introduction to the special issue describes the goals of the conference on Juries and Mixed Tribunals across the Globe, and identifies themes that emerged as jury scholars from all over the world examined different forms of lay participation in legal decision-making. The introduction focuses on common challenges that different systems of lay participation face, including the selection of impartial fact finders and the presentation of complex cases to lay citizens. The introduction and special issue articles also highlight new developments and innovative practices to address these challenges, including some tools, like decision trees, that remain highly controversial. The introduction closes by emphasizing the enduring political importance of citizen participation in law. La introducción a este número especial describe los objetivos de la conferencia sobre jurados y tribunales mixtos en el mundo, e identifica los temas que surgieron cuando académicos de todo el mundo especializados en jurados analizaron diferentes formas de participación de legos en la toma de decisiones jurídicas. La introducción se centra en los desafíos comunes a los que se enfrentan los diferentes sistemas de participación de legos, incluyendo la selección de jurados imparciales y la presentación de casos complejos a ciudadanos profanos en la materia. La introducción y el número especial también destacan nuevos desarrollos y prácticas innovadoras para afrontar estos retos, incluyendo algunas herramientas, como los árboles de decisiones, que todavía son muy controvertidas. La introducción finaliza, haciendo hincapié en la importancia política duradera de la participación ciudadana en el derecho. DOWNLOAD THIS PAPER FROM: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2785708

  19. Effects of defined mixtures of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on multiple cellular responses in the human hepatocarcinoma cell line, HepG2, using high content analysis screening.

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    Wilson, Jodie; Berntsen, Hanne Friis; Zimmer, Karin Elisabeth; Frizzell, Caroline; Verhaegen, Steven; Ropstad, Erik; Connolly, Lisa

    2016-03-01

    Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are toxic substances, highly resistant to environmental degradation, which can bio-accumulate and have long-range atmospheric transport potential. Most studies focus on single compound effects, however as humans are exposed to several POPs simultaneously, investigating exposure effects of real life POP mixtures on human health is necessary. A defined mixture of POPs was used, where the compound concentration reflected its contribution to the levels seen in Scandinavian human serum (total mix). Several sub mixtures representing different classes of POPs were also constructed. The perfluorinated (PFC) mixture contained six perfluorinated compounds, brominated (Br) mixture contained seven brominated compounds, chlorinated (Cl) mixture contained polychlorinated biphenyls and also p,p'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene, hexachlorobenzene, three chlordanes, three hexachlorocyclohexanes and dieldrin. Human hepatocarcinoma (HepG2) cells were used for 2h and 48h exposures to the seven mixtures and analysis on a CellInsight™ NXT High Content Screening platform. Multiple cytotoxic endpoints were investigated: cell number, nuclear intensity and area, mitochondrial mass and membrane potential (MMP) and reactive oxygen species (ROS). Both the Br and Cl mixtures induced ROS production but did not lead to apoptosis. The PFC mixture induced ROS production and likely induced cell apoptosis accompanied by the dissipation of MMP. Synergistic effects were evident for ROS induction when cells were exposed to the PFC+Br mixture in comparison to the effects of the individual mixtures. No significant effects were detected in the Br+Cl, PFC+Cl or total mixtures, which contain the same concentrations of chlorinated compounds as the Cl mixture plus additional compounds; highlighting the need for further exploration of POP mixtures in risk assessment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. NTF2-like domain of Tap plays a critical role in cargo mRNA recognition and export.

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    Katahira, Jun; Dimitrova, Lyudmila; Imai, Yumiko; Hurt, Ed

    2015-02-18

    Metazoan Tap-p15 (also called Nxf1-Nxt1) and yeast Mex67-Mtr2 heterodimers are the general mRNA export receptors. The RNA binding activity of Tap-p15, which is essential for mRNA nuclear export, has been attributed to the amino-terminal RNA binding module of Tap consists of RNA recognition motif (RRM) and leucine-rich repeat. In this study, we identified a novel RNA interaction surface in the NTF2-like (NTF2L) domain of Tap, which is analogous to the rRNA binding platform of Mex67-Mtr2. Tap-p15 uses the three domains to tightly bind the retroviral constitutive transport element. The RNA binding through the NTF2L domain is functionally relevant as introduction of mutations in this region reduced CTE-containing mRNA export activity. In contrast, only when the RRM and NTF2L domains were mutated simultaneously, bulk poly (A)(+) RNA export and in vivo poly (A)(+) RNA binding activities of Tap-p15 were significantly attenuated. Moreover, an engineered human cell line harboring the NTF2L domain mutation in the NXF1 gene showed a synthetic growth phenotype and severe mRNA export defect under Aly/REF and Thoc5 depleted condition. These data suggest that Tap-p15 recognizes bulk mRNAs through combinatorial use of the distinct RNA binding domains. © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  1. EXPERIENCIAS CONSTRUCCIONISTAS CON ROBÓTICA EDUCATIVA EN EL CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE TECNOLOGÍAS AVANZADAS CONSTRUCTIONIST EXPERIENCES WITH EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES

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    Kathia Pittí

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available La tecnología digital en relación a su utilización en el ámbito educativo tienen dos vertientes: la de información y la de construcción. Aunque el énfasis actual, debido a la percepción popular, se inclina a la parte informativa, este trabajo descubre una parte olvidada del potencial que ofrece la tecnología digital como medio de construcción, específicamente la robótica educativa, que por su carácter polivalente y multidisciplinario se sitúa como una herramienta de apoyo al aprendizaje novedosa y necesaria de conocer por las nuevas generaciones.En este sentido, como ejemplo de buenas prácticas presentamos los talleres NXT de robótica del Centro Internacional de Tecnologías Avanzadas, un escenario construccionista de aprendizaje activo y lúdico, que les permite a los participantes mejorar su comprensión de la tecnología, potenciar habilidades y desarrollar la creatividad. Digital technology in the education field has two aspects: information and construction. Although, more importance is currently placed upon the information aspect due to the general public’s opinion, this article will focus on construction. The construction side has been neglected in the field of digital technology, especially with regard to educational robotics. This is an innovative and necessary learning tool used to support young students, thanks to its all-purpose and multidisciplinary approach.   As an example of good practices in this field, the NTX Robotics Workshops take place at the International Centre of Advanced Technologies (CITA. This constructionist scenario allows participants to learn through activities and games, improving their understanding of technology and boosting their skills, as well as developing their creativity.

  2. A prospective cohort study of early postpartum etonogestrel implant (Implanon®) use and its effect on duration of lochia.

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    Dobromilsky, Kim C; Allen, Penny L; Raymond, Stephen H; Maindiratta, Bhavna

    2016-07-01

    Etonogestrel (ENG) implants (Implanon(®)/Nexplanon(®)/Implanon NXT(®)) are employed as contraception in early postpartum patients. Follow-up is often not conducted by the hospital prescriber. Little is known about duration of lochia, in a modern setting, and even less is known about the effect of ENG implants on lochia. To determine if early postpartum (pre-discharge) insertion of Implanon for contraception was associated with a significant difference in duration of lochia. To record the number of patients who went on to have their Implanon removed during the study period and the reasons for removal. Prospective cohort study of 152 postpartum patients from a tertiary maternity unit in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The treatment group was women requesting Implanon prior to discharge. Controls were recruited from the same unit over the same time period, with the aim to match for birth weight and parity. Information was collected during face-to-face interviews or via telephone contact. Multivariate survival analysis was used to investigate lochia duration. There were 73 controls and 79 women who had early postpartum Implanon inserted. Fourteen (17.7%) patients in the treatment group had their Implanon removed during the postpartum study period. In all of these cases the reason for removal was bleeding disturbance - prolonged or intermittent vaginal bleeding beyond 50 days postpartum. There was no significant difference in duration of lochia between the groups [median predicted duration 25 days (95% CI 22-27) in controls and 24 days (95% CI 21-26) in the treatment group]. Early postpartum insertion of Implanon for contraception was not associated with a statistically or clinically significant difference in duration of lochia. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  3. Docencia arquitectónica en globalización: ¿Prevalencia, filtro o anulación del perfil local de identidad? / Teaching architecture in times of globalization: Prevalence, profile filter or cancellation of local identity?

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    Letelier Parga, Sofía

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo desarrolla con mayor detalle las ideas acerca de la docencia arquitectónica en momentos de globalización, que fueran planteadas al V Congreso Arquisur como derivación de la línea investigativa sobre „Identidad Arquitectónica‟ bajo un enfoque semiótico. La investigación realizada entre 1993 -1996 con financiamiento Fondecyt y que contó con la coinvestigación de María Inés Arribas y Ana Rugiero, permitió detectar algunos rasgos de interpretación local que operan entre arquitectos y legos, los que pueden estimarse como indicadores de lectura visual de la arquitectura, a la vez que modeladores „autopoïéticos‟ de un perfil de Identidad Arquitectónica en Chile central. Éstos, que resultaron no siempre coincidentes con el cannon de valoración académico escolar, instalan la interrogante sobre la posibilidad de explicitarlos y manejarlos conscientemente para asumir la globalización desde el valor de la diferencia, o bien desligarse de su presencia, favoreciendo una más flexible apertura a la homologación de expresiones. Desde la hipótesis de que la arquitectura es un lenguaje y sistema social, cuyos códigos no escapan al circuito de experiencia y noción en cuyo desfase se da todo lenguaje, se postula la existencia de patrones locales generales –comprobados en Chile central– aun cuando se hayan detectado códigos particulares y específicos distintos para legos y arquitectos, que muestren reducidos campos de intersección. En éstos, y en la tendencia general de ambas constelaciones, pudo encontrarse un definido perfil de Identidad. Resta comprobar si hay ánimo académico de asumirlo como factor proactivo./This paper develops in greater detail the ideas about teaching architecture at a time of globalization. The research conducted between 1993 -1996, financed by FONDECYT and had the co - investigation and Ana María Inés Arribas Rugiero allowed the Docencia detection of some local features of

  4. Maternal attitude and child interest in various play activities before and after mother-child play sessions

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    Full Text Available Background Play stimulates children’s growth and development. When mothers and their children play, a positive attitude from the mother and adequate interest from the child is required. Little is known about the play activities that effectively stimulate such positive maternal attitude and child interest. Objective To assess for associations between various play activities with maternal attitude and child interest before and after mother-child play sessions. Methods Pre-post intervention questionnaires were distributed to mothers before and after playing with their children. Children were aged 1-5 years, from two play sites (in Surabaya and Makassar, and included using purposive sampling. Eight types of toys/play activities were provided. The allocated time for answering the 17-question survey was 15 minutes. Average scores before and after the mother-child play sessions were analyzed using paired T-test. Results We collected 264 valid questionnaires, 235 in Surabaya and 29 in Makassar. Improvement of maternal attitude after the mother-child play session was found in 132 mothers [mean diff. 0.07 (SD 0.42; 95%CI -0.117 to -0.015; P=0.011]. Play activities with significant improvements in maternal attitude were jigsaw puzzle [mean diff. 0.09 (SD 0.66; 95% CI 0.007 to 0.167;P= 0.033, Lego blocks (mean diff.-0.10 (SD 0.69; 95%CI -0.186 to -0.018; P=0.017, mini-gardening (mean diff. -0.15 (SD 0.75; 95%CI -0.238 to -0.057; P=0.002, sandbox [mean diff.-0.24 (SD 0.83; 95%CI -0.339 to – 0.138; P < 0.001], fishing [mean diff. -0.17 (SD 0.68; 95%CI -0.253 to -0.088; P < 0.001], and animal figurines [mean diff. -0.21 (SD 0.75; 95%CI -0.3 to -0.117;P <0.001]. Improvement of child interest was found in 161 children [mean diff. 0.20 (SD 0.52; 95%CI -0.264 to -0.116; P<0.001]. Play activities with significant improvements in child interest were jigsaw puzzle, Lego blocks, origami, mini-gardening, fishing, and animal figurines. Conclusion Some mother

  5. DRAGON 3.05D, Reactor Cell Calculation System with Burnup

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    1 - Description of program or function: The computer code DRAGON contains a collection of models that can simulate the neutron behavior of a unit cell or a fuel assembly in a nuclear reactor. It includes all of the functions that characterize a lattice cell code, namely: the interpolation of microscopic cross sections supplied by means of standard libraries; resonance self-shielding calculations in multidimensional geometries; multigroup and multidimensional neutron flux calculations that can take into account neutron leakage; transport-transport or transport-diffusion equivalence calculations as well as editing of condensed and homogenized nuclear properties for reactor calculations; and finally isotopic depletion calculations. 2 - Methods: The code DRAGON contains a multigroup flux solver conceived that can use a various algorithms to solve the neutron transport equation for the spatial and angular distribution of the flux. Each of these algorithms is presented in the form of a one-group solution procedure where the contributions from other energy groups are considered as sources. The current release of DRAGON contains five such algorithms. The JPM option that solves the integral transport equation using the J+- method, (interface current method applied to homogeneous blocks); the SYBIL option that solves the integral transport equation using the collision probability method for simple one dimensional (1-D) or two dimensional (2-D) geometries and the interface current method for 2-D Cartesian or hexagonal assemblies; the EXCELL/NXT option to solve the integral transport equation using the collision probability method for more general 2-D geometries and for three dimensional (3-D) assemblies; the MOCC option to solve the transport equation using the method of cyclic characteristics in 2-D Cartesian, and finally the MCU option to solve the transport equation using the method of characteristics (non cyclic) for 3-D Cartesian geometries. The execution of DRAGON is

  6. Effects of defined mixtures of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on multiple cellular responses in the human hepatocarcinoma cell line, HepG2, using high content analysis screening

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    Wilson, Jodie; Berntsen, Hanne Friis; Zimmer, Karin Elisabeth; Frizzell, Caroline; Verhaegen, Steven; Ropstad, Erik; Connolly, Lisa

    2016-01-01

    Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are toxic substances, highly resistant to environmental degradation, which can bio-accumulate and have long-range atmospheric transport potential. Most studies focus on single compound effects, however as humans are exposed to several POPs simultaneously, investigating exposure effects of real life POP mixtures on human health is necessary. A defined mixture of POPs was used, where the compound concentration reflected its contribution to the levels seen in Scandinavian human serum (total mix). Several sub mixtures representing different classes of POPs were also constructed. The perfluorinated (PFC) mixture contained six perfluorinated compounds, brominated (Br) mixture contained seven brominated compounds, chlorinated (Cl) mixture contained polychlorinated biphenyls and also p,p’-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene, hexachlorobenzene, three chlordanes, three hexachlorocyclohexanes and dieldrin. Human hepatocarcinoma (HepG2) cells were used for 2 h and 48 h exposures to the seven mixtures and analysis on a CellInsight™ NXT High Content Screening platform. Multiple cytotoxic endpoints were investigated: cell number, nuclear intensity and area, mitochondrial mass and membrane potential (MMP) and reactive oxygen species (ROS). Both the Br and Cl mixtures induced ROS production but did not lead to apoptosis. The PFC mixture induced ROS production and likely induced cell apoptosis accompanied by the dissipation of MMP. Synergistic effects were evident for ROS induction when cells were exposed to the PFC + Br mixture in comparison to the effects of the individual mixtures. No significant effects were detected in the Br + Cl, PFC + Cl or total mixtures, which contain the same concentrations of chlorinated compounds as the Cl mixture plus additional compounds; highlighting the need for further exploration of POP mixtures in risk assessment. - Highlights: • High content analysis (HCA) is a novel approach for determining toxicity of

  7. Retrospective evaluation of histopathological examinations in invasive ductal breast cancer of no special type: an analysis of 691 patients.

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    Badowska-Kozakiewicz, Anna M; Liszcz, Anna; Sobol, Maria; Patera, Janusz

    2017-10-01

    Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is the most common type of breast cancer in women and accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers. The material consisted of histological preparations derived from 691 patients treated for IDC-NST. In our own study material, invasive ductal breast cancer of no special type accounted for more than 60% of cases, with the largest percentage of tumors being classified as G2 (53.96%) and G3 (28.98%). In terms of tumor size, the most common IDC-NST tumors were those of stage T1c (34.59%) and T2 (35.31%). The incidence of lymph node involvement was also assessed to reveal that no lymph node metastases were present in 45.44% of IDC-NST tumors. In the histopathological analysis of IDC-NST, significant statistical correlation was demonstrated between the presence of lymph node metastases and the histological malignancy grade (N0/G1-G3 p = 0.0103; N1A/G1-G3 p = 0.0498; N1B/G1-G3 p < 0.001; N3/G1-G3 p = 0.0027; N4/G1-G3 p < 0.001), between the presence of lymph node metastases and the tumor size (N0/T1-T4 p = 0.00295; N1B/T1-T4 p < 0.001; N2/T1-T4 p < 0.001; N2A/T1-T2 p < 0.001; N4/T1-T4 p < 0.001; Nx/T1-T4 p = 0.0447), as well as between the histological malignancy grade and the tumor size (G1/T1-T4 p < 0.001; G1/2/T1-T4 p < 0.001; G2/3/T1-T4 p < 0.0267). Own research demonstrated that the most common histological type of breast cancer is invasive ductal carcinoma of no special type (IDC-NST); statistically significant correlations were demonstrated in IDC-NST patients between the lymph node involvement status and the histological malignancy grade or tumor size as well as between the histological malignancy grade and the tumor size.

  8. Pilot Research as Advocacy: The Case of Sayana Press in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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    Binanga, Arsene; Bertrand, Jane T

    2016-12-23

    qualitative studies to assess acceptability and feasibility, and (6) disseminating the findings to family planning stakeholders. Before the pilot, Sayana Press was relatively unknown in the DRC, and there was no precedent for medical and nursing students providing family planning methods or giving injections at the community level. In less than 12 months, the approach gained legitimacy and acceptance. The key Ministry of Health decision maker orchestrated the closing session of the dissemination meeting on next steps, paving the way for pilot tests of 3 new task-shifting approaches: insertion of Implanon NXT by medical and nursing students, self-injection for Sayana Press with supervision by students, and injection of Sayana Press by community health workers with no formal clinical training. © Binanga and Bertrand.

  9. The diagnostic performance of CT-derived fractional flow reserve for evaluation of myocardial ischaemia confirmed by invasive fractional flow reserve: a meta-analysis

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    Li, S.; Tang, X.; Peng, L.; Luo, Y.; Dong, R.; Liu, J.

    2015-01-01

    Aim: To review the literature on the diagnostic accuracy of CT-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR CT ) for the evaluation of myocardial ischaemia in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease, with invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) as the reference standard. Materials and methods: A PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane cross-search was performed. The pooled diagnostic accuracy of FFR CT , with FFR as the reference standard, was primarily analysed, and then compared with that of CT angiography (CTA). The thresholds to diagnose ischaemia were FFR ≤0.80 or CTA ≥50% stenosis. Data extraction, synthesis, and statistical analysis were performed by standard meta-analysis methods. Results: Three multicentre studies (NXT Trial, DISCOVER-FLOW study and DeFACTO study) were included, examining 609 patients and 1050 vessels. The pooled sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), positive likelihood ratio (LR+), negative likelihood ratio (LR−), and diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) for FFR CT were 89% (85–93%), 71% (65–75%), 70% (65–75%), 90% (85–93%), 3.31 (1.79–6.14), 0.16 (0.11–0.23), and 21.21 (9.15–49.15) at the patient-level, and 83% (78–63%), 78% (75–81%), 61% (56–65%), 92% (89–90%), 4.02 (1.84–8.80), 0.22 (0.13–0.35), and 19.15 (5.73–63.93) at the vessel-level. At per-patient analysis, FFR CT has similar sensitivity but improved specificity, PPV, NPV, LR+, LR−, and DOR versus those of CTA. At per-vessel analysis, FFR CT had a slightly lower sensitivity, similar NPV, but improved specificity, PPV, LR+, LR−, and DOR compared with those of CTA. The area under the summary receiver operating characteristic curves for FFR CT was 0.8909 at patient-level and 0.8865 at vessel-level, versus 0.7402 for CTA at patient-level. Conclusions: FFR CT , which was associated with improved diagnostic accuracy versus CTA, is a viable alternative to FFR for detecting coronary ischaemic lesions

  10. A robotics-based approach to modeling of choice reaching experiments on visual attention

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    Soeren eStrauss

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a robotics-based model for choice reaching experiments on visual attention. In these experiments participants were asked to make rapid reach movements towards a target in an odd-colour search task, i.e. reaching for a green square among red squares and vice versa (e.g. Song & Nakayama, 2008. Interestingly these studies found that in a high number of trials movements were initially directed towards a distractor and only later were adjusted towards the target. These curved trajectories occurred particularly frequently when the target in the directly preceding trial had a different colour (priming effect. Our model is embedded in a closed-loop control of a LEGO robot arm aiming to mimic these reach movements. The model is based on our earlier work which suggests that target selection in visual search is implemented through parallel interactions between competitive and cooperative processes in the brain (Heinke & Backhaus, 2011; Heinke & Humphreys, 2003. To link this model with the control of the robot arm we implemented a topological representation of movement parameters following the dynamic field theory (Erlhagen & Schoener, 2002. The robot arm is able to mimic the results of the odd-colour search task including the priming effect and also generates human-like trajectories with a bell-shaped velocity profile. Theoretical implications and predictions are discussed in the paper.

  11. Novel approaches for inspiring students and electrifying the public

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    Lidström, Suzy; Read, Alex; Parke, Stephen; Allen, Roland; Goldfarb, Steven; Mehlhase, Sascha; Ekelöf, Tord; Walker, Alan

    2014-03-01

    We will briefly summarize a wide variety of innovative approaches for inspiring students and stimulating broad public interest in fundamental physics research, as exemplified by recent activities related to the Higgs boson discovery and Higgs-Englert Nobel Prize on behalf of the Swedish Academy, CERN, Fermilab, and the Niels Bohr Institute. Personal interactions with the scientists themselves can be particularly electrifying, and these were encouraged by the wearing of ``Higgs Boson? Ask Me!'' badges, which will be made available to those attending this talk. At CERN, activities include Virtual Visits, (Google) Hangout with CERN, initiatives to grab attention (LEGO models, music videos, art programs, pins, etc.), substantive communication (lab visits and events, museum exhibits, traveling exhibits, local visits, Masterclasses, etc.), and educational activities (summer student programs, semester abroad programs, internships, graduate programs, etc.). For serious students and their teachers, or scientists in other areas, tutorial articles are appropriate. These are most effective if they also incorporate innovative approaches - for example, attractive figures that immediately illustrate the concepts, analogies that will resonate with the reader, and a broadening of perspective. Physica Scripta, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

  12. The ALICE analysis train system

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    Zimmermann, Markus

    2015-01-01

    In the ALICE experiment hundreds of users are analyzing big datasets on a Grid system. High throughput and short turn-around times are achieved by a centralized system called the LEGO trains. This system combines analysis from different users in so-called analysis trains which are then executed within the same Grid jobs thereby reducing the number of times the data needs to be read from the storage systems. The centralized trains improve the performance, the usability for users and the bookkeeping in comparison to single user analysis. The train system builds upon the already existing ALICE tools, i.e. the analysis framework as well as the Grid submission and monitoring infrastructure. The entry point to the train system is a web interface which is used to configure the analysis and the desired datasets as well as to test and submit the train. Several measures have been implemented to reduce the time a train needs to finish and to increase the CPU efficiency.

  13. A determinação biológica dos transtornos mentais: uma discussão a partir de teses neurocientíficas recentes

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    Luna Rodrigues Freitas-Silva

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: A compreensão dos processos de formação dos transtornos mentais vem se mostrando desafiadora desde a fundação do campo psiquiátrico. O desenvolvimento das neurociências proporcionou novo fôlego à expectativa de encontrar estritamente no funcionamento biológico a explicação para o surgimento dos transtornos mentais. No entanto, tal objetivo não vem sendo alcançado com a esperada facilidade, de modo que novas hipóteses começam a se destacar nas pesquisas neurocientíficas. Neste artigo, identificamos as noções de epigenética, neurodesenvolvimento e plasticidade como os principais indicativos de um novo modo de compreender a biologia dos fenômenos mentais. A complexidade genética, o papel formativo do ambiente e as variações que caracterizam a vulnerabilidade implicam importantes modificações nas principais teses sobre a determinação biológica dos transtornos mentais, sugerindo uma reconfiguração dos limites entre o "social" e o "biológico" nas pesquisas em neurociências.

  14. Tradução, Pós-Estruturalismo e Interpretação

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    Maria Paula Frota

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available O MODO COMO O PÓS-ESTRUTURALISMO concebe a interpretação precisa, a meu ver, voltar a ser tematizado e não apenas tomado como premissa já estabelecida de uma nova visão da atividade tradutora. Essa necessidade surge do impacto profundamente subversor de tal concepção em face da visão ainda hegemônica da tradução, na qual fomos quase todos formados. Cabe questionar em minúcia os modelos e pressupostos que regeram essa formação, para que consigamos instituirnão um novo paradigma, mas novas formas de abordar o ato tradutório e, necessariamente, o sujeito, a realidade, a linguagem. O êxito de tal empreendimento, o qual implicará a valorização do trabalho tradutor, exige então grande fôlego, consideradas a amplitude das questões que procuramos pensar e a resistência da tradição a que queremos nos contrapor. Diante desse interesse, retomo a reflexão sobre a noçãode interpretar, pedra angular de nossa concepção pós-moderna do traduzir.

  15. Movimento e teoria feminista: é possível reconstruir a teoria feminista a partir do Sul global?

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    Marlise Matos

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Partindo da trajetória teórica de Nancy Fraser, o texto toma os recentes rumos da teorização feminista como emblemáticas da elaboração de um arcabouço teórico-analítico de fôlego na démarche das teorias da justiça e do feminismo contemporâneas, ancorado, porém, em considerações hegemonizadas do Norte global. Há, neste sentido, um "distanciamento" da teórica norte-americana em relação às agendas mais recentes do feminismo global (e em especial dos feminismos do Sul e uma reflexão excessivamente baseada em um "olhar desde o ocidente". É a partir dessa constatação que recupero a crítica aos estudos de matriz anglo-saxã, a partir da contribuição de C. T. Mohanty. Ao final, proponho a experiência de uma "quarta onda" dos movimentos e estudos feministas no Brasil e na América Latina, apontando para circuitos de difusão feminista operados a partir de distintas correntes horizontais de feminismos - negro, acadêmico, lésbico, masculino etc.

  16. All about alignment

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    The ALICE absorbers, iron wall and superstructure have been installed with great precision. The ALICE front absorber, positioned in the centre of the detector, has been installed and aligned. Weighing more than 400 tonnes, the ALICE absorbers and the surrounding support structures have been installed and aligned with a precision of 1-2 mm, hardly an easy task but a very important one. The ALICE absorbers are made of three parts: the front absorber, a 35-tonne cone-shaped structure, and two small-angle absorbers, long straight cylinder sections weighing 18 and 40 tonnes. The three pieces lined up have a total length of about 17 m. In addition to these, ALICE technicians have installed a 300-tonne iron filter wall made of blocks that fit together like large Lego pieces and a surrounding metal support structure to hold the tracking and trigger chambers. The absorbers house the vacuum chamber and are also the reference surface for the positioning of the tracking and trigger chambers. For this reason, the ab...

  17. Sustainable Energy - Without the hot air

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    MacIsaac, Dan

    2009-11-01

    Reader John Roeder writes about a website associated with David MacKay's book Sustainable Energy-Without the hot air. The book is a freely downloadable PDF (or purchasable) book describing an analysis detailing a low-carbon renewable energy transformation route for a large, modern first world industrial country (the United Kingdom). Written for the layman, the work uses vernacular language, e.g., energy consumption and production in a series of bar charts detailing the impacts of necessary strategies such as population reduction, lifestyle changes, and technology changes. MacKay notes that most reasonable plans have large nuclear and ``clean coal'' or other carbon capture components, lots of pumped heat, wind, and much efficiency improvement. He debunks some sacred cows (roof-mounted micro-turbines; hydrogen-powered cars) while pointing out simple effective technologies such as roof-mounted solar water heaters. Similar modest changes in the U.S. (painting roofs white in the southern half of the country) have strong impacts. MacKay claims that he ``doesn't advocate any particular plan or technology,'' but ``tells you how many bricks are in the lego box, and how big each brick is'' so readers can start making planning decisions.

  18. Simple and Versatile 3D Printed Microfluidics Using Fused Filament Fabrication.

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    Full Text Available The uptake of microfluidics by the wider scientific community has been limited by the fabrication barrier created by the skills and equipment required for the production of traditional microfluidic devices. Here we present simple 3D printed microfluidic devices using an inexpensive and readily accessible printer with commercially available printer materials. We demonstrate that previously reported limitations of transparency and fidelity have been overcome, whilst devices capable of operating at pressures in excess of 2000 kPa illustrate that leakage issues have also been resolved. The utility of the 3D printed microfluidic devices is illustrated by encapsulating dental pulp stem cells within alginate droplets; cell viability assays show the vast majority of cells remain live, and device transparency is sufficient for single cell imaging. The accessibility of these devices is further enhanced through fabrication of integrated ports and by the introduction of a Lego®-like modular system facilitating rapid prototyping whilst offering the potential for novices to build microfluidic systems from a database of microfluidic components.

  19. From the past to the future: Integrating work experience into the design process.

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    Bittencourt, João Marcos; Duarte, Francisco; Béguin, Pascal

    2017-01-01

    Integrating work activity issues into design process is a broadly discussed theme in ergonomics. Participation is presented as the main means for such integration. However, a late participation can limit the development of both project solutions and future work activity. This article presents the concept of construction of experience aiming at the articulated development of future activities and project solutions. It is a non-teleological approach where the initial concepts will be transformed by the experience built up throughout the design process. The method applied was a case study of an ergonomic participation during the design of a new laboratory complex for biotechnology research. Data was obtained through analysis of records in a simulation process using a Lego scale model and interviews with project participants. The simulation process allowed for developing new ways of working and generating changes in the initial design solutions, which enable workers to adopt their own developed strategies for conducting work more safely and efficiently in the future work system. Each project decision either opens or closes a window of opportunities for developing a future activity. Construction of experience in a non-teleological design process allows for understanding the consequences of project solutions for future work.

  20. YES and BEST

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    Ewald, Mary Lou

    2002-10-01

    As a land-grant institution, Auburn University is committed to serving the citizens of Alabama through extension services and outreach programs. In following this outreach focus, the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at AU has dedicated considerable resources to science and math related K-12 outreach programs, including two of our newest student-aimed programs: Youth Experiences in Science (YES) and Alabama BEST. Youth Experiences in Science (YES) is a Saturday enrichment program for middle school students. It includes a Fall and Spring Saturday component and a Summer camp experience. Activities include: LEGO's with Computers; Blood, Diseases & Forensics; Geometry of Models & Games; GPS Mapping; Polymer Chemistry; Electronics; and Genetics. Last year (2001-02), over 400 students attended a YES program on our campus. Alabama BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science & Technology) is a middle and high school robotics competition co-sponsored by COSAM and the College of Engineering at AU. Teams of students design and build robots and compete in a game format, with a new game theme introduced each year. This year, sixty teams from across Alabama and Georgia will have six weeks to design, build and perfect their robots before competition on October 18 and 19.

  1. Associations and dissociations: agents, discourses and controversies surrounding child hyperactivity

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    Inma Hurtado García

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available El trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad (TDAH genera debates que enfrentan a distintos agentes sociales con diferentes concepciones de la normalidad, la salud, el individuo y lo social. En este escenario de controversia, las madres y padres han tratado de mejorar las condiciones de vida de sus hijos desde diversos modelos de participación social en salud. Desde un abordaje cualitativo y etnográfico, se realizó un trabajo de campo entre 2013 y 2015 con el propósito de analizar la realidad asociativa española en torno al TDAH, así como otras iniciativas parentales individuales pero con ecos colectivos, para tratar de identificar las distintas relaciones con el conocimiento experto y los modelos de circulación de saberes que se dan en ellas, atendiendo a cómo configuran sus posicionamientos discursivos, establecen sus dinámicas colectivas y desarrollan sus acciones. La cualidad disputada del TDAH se manifiesta en modelos más complejos que el dual legos/expertos, así como en nuevas estrategias en la producción y colectivización del conocimiento facilitadas por Internet.

  2. Sustainable High Quality Recycling of Aggregates from Waste-to-Energy, Treated in a Wet Bottom Ash Processing Installation, for Use in Concrete Products.

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    Van den Heede, Philip; Ringoot, Niels; Beirnaert, Arno; Van Brecht, Andres; Van den Brande, Erwin; De Schutter, Geert; De Belie, Nele

    2015-12-25

    Nowadays, more efforts towards sustainability are required from the concrete industry. Replacing traditional aggregates by recycled bottom ash (BA) from municipal solid waste incineration can contribute to this goal. Until now, only partial replacement has been considered to keep the concrete workability, strength and durability under control. In this research, the feasibility of a full aggregate replacement was investigated for producing prefabricated Lego bricks. It was found that the required compressive strength class for this purpose (C20/25) could be achieved. Nevertheless, a thorough understanding of the BA properties is needed to overcome other issues. As BA is highly absorptive, the concrete's water demand is high. This workability issue can be dealt with by subjecting the fine BA fraction to a crushing operation to eliminate the porous elements and by pre-wetting the fine and coarse BA fractions in a controlled manner. In addition, a reactive NaOH washing is needed to avoid formation of longitudinal voids and the resulting expansion due to the metallic aluminum present in the BA. Regarding the long-term behavior, heavy metal leaching and freeze-thaw exposure are not problematic, though there is susceptibility to acetic and lactic acid attack and maybe increased sensitivity to alkali-silica reaction.

  3. Sustainable High Quality Recycling of Aggregates from Waste-to-Energy, Treated in a Wet Bottom Ash Processing Installation, for Use in Concrete Products

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    Philip Van den Heede

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, more efforts towards sustainability are required from the concrete industry. Replacing traditional aggregates by recycled bottom ash (BA from municipal solid waste incineration can contribute to this goal. Until now, only partial replacement has been considered to keep the concrete workability, strength and durability under control. In this research, the feasibility of a full aggregate replacement was investigated for producing prefabricated Lego bricks. It was found that the required compressive strength class for this purpose (C20/25 could be achieved. Nevertheless, a thorough understanding of the BA properties is needed to overcome other issues. As BA is highly absorptive, the concrete’s water demand is high. This workability issue can be dealt with by subjecting the fine BA fraction to a crushing operation to eliminate the porous elements and by pre-wetting the fine and coarse BA fractions in a controlled manner. In addition, a reactive NaOH washing is needed to avoid formation of longitudinal voids and the resulting expansion due to the metallic aluminum present in the BA. Regarding the long-term behavior, heavy metal leaching and freeze-thaw exposure are not problematic, though there is susceptibility to acetic and lactic acid attack and maybe increased sensitivity to alkali-silica reaction.

  4. Élaboration et gestion des plans d'installation de la machine LHC

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    Corso, Jean Pierre

    2005-01-01

    Remplir 27 km de l’étroit tunnel du LEP avec plusieurs milliers d’équipements est le défi posé par le LHC et à relever par les techniciens et ingénieurs du CERN. Le LEP avait initié ce concept avec un outil nommé LEGO ; Le LHC a encore franchi une étape avec DMU (Digital Mock-Up), en tirant profit de l’évolution significative des outils informatiques (langages de programmation et logiciels). Utilisé comme interface entre une base de données Oracle® regroupant toutes les informations sur chaque équipement et les modèles 3D standard correspondants issus d’Euclid®, DMU a étendu, depuis, son champ d’application en permettant dorénavant de générer automatiquement tous les plans d’installation des 514 demi cellules de la Machine. Les évolutions futures de la configuration du LHC nous conduiront à modifier ou déplacer les équipements en place et à en insérer de nouveaux. Ceux-ci seront introduits dans la base de données avant de pouvoir être restitués via DMU sous forme de pl...

  5. Manipulatives-Based Laboratory for Majors Biology – a Hands-On Approach to Understanding Respiration and Photosynthesis

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    Sarah M. Boomer

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The first course in our year-long introductory series for Biology majors encompasses four learning units: biological molecules and cells, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Of these, the metabolism unit, which includes respiration and photosynthesis, has shown the lowest student exam scores, least interest, and lowest laboratory ratings. Consequently, we hypothesized that modeling metabolic processes in the laboratory would improve student content learning during this course unit. Specifically, we developed manipulatives-based laboratory exercises that combined paper cutouts, movable blocks, and large diagrams of the cell. In particular, our novel use of connecting LEGO blocks allowed students to move model electrons and phosphates between molecules and within defined spaces of the cell. We assessed student learning using both formal (content indicators and attitude surveys and informal (the identification of misconceptions or discussions with students approaches. On the metabolism unit content exam, student performance improved by 46% over pretest scores and by the end of the course, the majority of students rated metabolism as their most-improved (43% and favorite (33% subject as compared with other unit topics. The majority of students rated manipulatives-based labs as very helpful, as compared to non-manipulatives-based labs. In this report, we will demonstrate that students made learning gains across all content areas, but most notably in the unit that covered respiration and photosynthesis.

  6. A 'Knowledge Ecologies' Analysis of Co-designing Water and Sanitation Services in Alaska.

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    Fam, Dena; Sofoulis, Zoë

    2017-08-01

    Willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries is necessary but not sufficient for project success. This is a case study of a transdisciplinary project whose success was constrained by contextual factors that ultimately favoured technical and scientific forms of knowledge over the cultural intelligence that might ensure technical solutions were socially feasible. In response to Alaskan Water and Sewer Challenge (AWSC), an international team with expertise in engineering, consultative design and public health formed in 2013 to collaborate on a two-year project to design remote area water and sanitation systems in consultation with two native Alaskan communities. Team members were later interviewed about their experiences. Project processes are discussed using a 'Knowledge Ecology' framework, which applies principles of ecosystems analysis to knowledge ecologies, identifying the knowledge equivalents of 'biotic' and 'abiotic' factors and looking at their various interactions. In a positivist 'knowledge integration' perspective, different knowledges are like Lego blocks that combine with other 'data sets' to create a unified structure. The knowledge ecology framework highlights how interactions between different knowledges and knowledge practitioners ('biotic factors') are shaped by contextual ('abiotic') factors: the conditions of knowledge production, the research policy and funding climate, the distribution of research resources, and differential access to enabling infrastructures (networks, facilities). This case study highlights the importance of efforts to negotiate between different knowledge frameworks, including by strategic use of language and precepts that help translate social research into technical design outcomes that are grounded in social reality.

  7. Evolution of Efficient Modular Polyketide Synthases by Homologous Recombination.

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    Chemler, Joseph A; Tripathi, Ashootosh; Hansen, Douglas A; O'Neil-Johnson, Mark; Williams, Russell B; Starks, Courtney; Park, Sung Ryeol; Sherman, David H

    2015-08-26

    The structural scaffolds of many complex natural products are produced by multifunctional type I polyketide synthase (PKS) enzymes that operate as biosynthetic assembly lines. The modular nature of these mega-enzymes presents an opportunity to construct custom biocatalysts built in a lego-like fashion by inserting, deleting, or exchanging native or foreign domains to produce targeted variants of natural polyketides. However, previously engineered PKS enzymes are often impaired resulting in limited production compared to native systems. Here, we show a versatile method for generating and identifying functional chimeric PKS enzymes for synthesizing custom macrolactones and macrolides. PKS genes from the pikromycin and erythromycin pathways were hybridized in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to generate hybrid libraries. We used a 96-well plate format for plasmid purification, transformations, sequencing, protein expression, in vitro reactions and analysis of metabolite formation. Active chimeric enzymes were identified with new functionality. Streptomyces venezuelae strains that expressed these PKS chimeras were capable of producing engineered macrolactones. Furthermore, a macrolactone generated from selected PKS chimeras was fully functionalized into a novel macrolide analogue. This method permits the engineering of PKS pathways as modular building blocks for the production of new antibiotic-like molecules.

  8. Augmenting real-time video with virtual models for enhanced visualization for simulation, teaching, training and guidance

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    Potter, Michael; Bensch, Alexander; Dawson-Elli, Alexander; Linte, Cristian A.

    2015-03-01

    In minimally invasive surgical interventions direct visualization of the target area is often not available. Instead, clinicians rely on images from various sources, along with surgical navigation systems for guidance. These spatial localization and tracking systems function much like the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that we are all well familiar with. In this work we demonstrate how the video feed from a typical camera, which could mimic a laparoscopic or endoscopic camera used during an interventional procedure, can be used to identify the pose of the camera with respect to the viewed scene and augment the video feed with computer-generated information, such as rendering of internal anatomy not visible beyond the imaged surface, resulting in a simple augmented reality environment. This paper describes the software and hardware environment and methodology for augmenting the real world with virtual models extracted from medical images to provide enhanced visualization beyond the surface view achieved using traditional imaging. Following intrinsic and extrinsic camera calibration, the technique was implemented and demonstrated using a LEGO structure phantom, as well as a 3D-printed patient-specific left atrial phantom. We assessed the quality of the overlay according to fiducial localization, fiducial registration, and target registration errors, as well as the overlay offset error. Using the software extensions we developed in conjunction with common webcams it is possible to achieve tracking accuracy comparable to that seen with significantly more expensive hardware, leading to target registration errors on the order of 2 mm.

  9. Extra dimensions: 3d and time in pdf documentation

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    Graf, N A

    2008-01-01

    High energy physics is replete with multi-dimensional information which is often poorly represented by the two dimensions of presentation slides and print media. Past efforts to disseminate such information to a wider audience have failed for a number of reasons, including a lack of standards which are easy to implement and have broad support. Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) has in recent years become the de facto standard for secure, dependable electronic information exchange. It has done so by creating an open format, providing support for multiple platforms and being reliable and extensible. By providing support for the ECMA standard Universal 3D (U3D) file format in its free Adobe Reader software, Adobe has made it easy to distribute and interact with 3D content. By providing support for scripting and animation, temporal data can also be easily distributed to a wide audience. In this talk, we present examples of HEP applications which take advantage of this functionality. We demonstrate how 3D detector elements can be documented, using either CAD drawings or other sources such as GEANT visualizations as input. Using this technique, higher dimensional data, such as LEGO plots or time-dependent information can be included in PDF files. In principle, a complete event display, with full interactivity, can be incorporated into a PDF file. This would allow the end user not only to customize the view and representation of the data, but to access the underlying data itself

  10. O proêmio da Genealogia Deorum Gentilium de Giovanni Boccaccio

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    Pedro Falleiros Heise

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Por volta de 1350, provavelmente logo após a conclusão da primeira redação do Decameron, Boccaccio recebeu a incumbência por parte de Hugo de Sanseverino, rei de Jerusalém e Chipre, de compor uma obra de grande fôlego: a Genealogia deorum gentilium. A obra compreende 15 livros, e nos dois últimos há a famosa defesa da poesia. A partir destes dois livros, vimos desenvolvendo um projeto de pesquisa de pós-doutorado para analisar a poética de Boccaccio. Um dos pontos do projeto prevê a tradução destes dois livros, à qual julgou-se conveniente acrescentar o proêmio da obra, uma vez que se trata da introdução geral do texto, conforme requeria a retórica na composição de tratados. Tendo em vista que se trata de texto inédito em língua portuguesa, propomos a tradução dos primeiros 40 parágrafos do proêmio desta ingente obra, a fim de que o público brasileiro possa entrar em contato com os escritos latinos de Boccaccio.

  11. Multi-Stepped Optogenetics: A Novel Strategy to Analyze Neural Network Formation and Animal Behaviors by Photo-Regulation of Local Gene Expression, Fluorescent Color and Neural Excitation

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    Hatta, Kohei; Nakajima, Yohei; Isoda, Erika; Itoh, Mariko; Yamamoto, Tamami

    The brain is one of the most complicated structures in nature. Zebrafish is a useful model to study development of vertebrate brain, because it is transparent at early embryonic stage and it develops rapidly outside of the body. We made a series of transgenic zebrafish expressing green-fluorescent protein related molecules, for example, Kaede and KikGR, whose green fluorescence can be irreversibly converted to red upon irradiation with ultra-violet (UV) or violet light, and Dronpa, whose green fluorescence is eliminated with strong blue light but can be reactivated upon irradiation with UV or violet-light. We have recently shown that infrared laser evoked gene operator (IR-LEGO) which causes a focused heat shock could locally induce these fluorescent proteins and the other genes. Neural cell migration and axonal pattern formation in living brain could be visualized by this technique. We also can express channel rhodopsine 2 (ChR2), a photoactivatable cation channel, or Natronomonas pharaonis halorhodopsin (NpHR), a photoactivatable chloride ion pump, locally in the nervous system by IR. Then, behaviors of these animals can be controlled by activating or silencing the local neurons by light. This novel strategy is useful in discovering neurons and circuits responsible for a wide variety of animal behaviors. We proposed to call this method ‘multi-stepped optogenetics’.

  12. El científico y el extraterrestre (versión 2.6

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    A. Javier Izquierdo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Una maniobra muy popular en la contienda de la argumentación académica para fines de demarcación precisa de fronteras epistemológicas entre saberes expertos y conocimientos legos consiste en construir metafóricamente la figura mítico-sagrada del extraterrestre como un modelo asintótico del científico modélico. Apoyándome en esta retórica convencional, planteo aquí examinar con mayor detenimiento los atractivos físicos de tan codiciado tropo científicoficcional para tantear sus límites últimos como herramienta de investigación de las realidades investigadoras. El trabajo ofrece de este modo una reflexión original sobre el estado actual del negocio de las ciencias sociales internacionales reciclando materiales audiovisuales de procedencia varia: cine y televisión, cámaras visibles y ocultas, realidad y ficción.

  13. Hybrid materials science: a promised land for the integrative design of multifunctional materials

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    Nicole, Lionel; Laberty-Robert, Christel; Rozes, Laurence; Sanchez, Clément

    2014-05-01

    For more than 5000 years, organic-inorganic composite materials created by men via skill and serendipity have been part of human culture and customs. The concept of ``hybrid organic-inorganic'' nanocomposites exploded in the second half of the 20th century with the expansion of the so-called ``chimie douce'' which led to many collaborations between a large set of chemists, physicists and biologists. Consequently, the scientific melting pot of these very different scientific communities created a new pluridisciplinary school of thought. Today, the tremendous effort of basic research performed in the last twenty years allows tailor-made multifunctional hybrid materials with perfect control over composition, structure and shape. Some of these hybrid materials have already entered the industrial market. Many tailor-made multiscale hybrids are increasingly impacting numerous fields of applications: optics, catalysis, energy, environment, nanomedicine, etc. In the present feature article, we emphasize several fundamental and applied aspects of the hybrid materials field: bioreplication, mesostructured thin films, Lego-like chemistry designed hybrid nanocomposites, and advanced hybrid materials for energy. Finally, a few commercial applications of hybrid materials will be presented.

  14. The many facets of climate change - Conference proceedings; Les multiples facettes du changement climatique - Recueil des presentations

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    This conference day on climate change was organized by the French meteorological society (SMF) at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris. This document brings together the available presentations given at the conference. Eight presentations (slides) are compiled in this document and deal with: 1 - Climate change today and tomorrow, the research stakes (Herve Le Treut, IPSL); 2 - Rise of sea levels: estimations and regional variability (Guy Woeppelmann, La Rochelle Univ.); 3 - Polar ice caps and continental cryo-sphere as seen from space (A. Kouraev, F. Remy, E. Berthier, LEGOS); 4 - Impacts of climate change on exploited marine populations: projections and uncertainties (Patrick Lehodey, CLS); 5 - Climate change stakes on agricultural and winery activities in France (Eric Duchene, INRA); 6 - Impacts of climate change on forest trees phenology and their consequences on trees life and survival (Francois Lebourgeois, ENGREF); 7 - Remote-epidemiology: a health-aid in a climate change context (Murielle Lafaye, CNES); 8 - Socio-economic aspects and adaptation: a climate history, for what? (Emmanuel Garnier, Caen Univ.)

  15. CERN Clubs week | 23 - 29 June

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    To celebrate CERN’s 60th anniversary, come and take part in the many activities organised by the CERN Clubs from 23 to 29 June! All activities are free of charge.   Detailed programme online at www.cern.ch/cern60. Activities organised from 23 to 29 June 2014   Monday, 23 June 2014 12.15 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.: Vinyasa Yoga class on the lawn in front of Restaurant 1, by the Allée Pierre Auger. This class will help bring you closer to your inner being, improving your powers of concentration and your awareness and acceptance of your inner self. 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.: Exhibition organised by the MicroClub in Building 567/R-021. Attractions will include a 3D printer and Lego robots. 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Frisbee tournament on the lawn in front of Restaurant 1. Mini-tournament for 4 teams. Teams can register online. The final team rosters will be e-mailed to the team captains. Sign up here.   Tuesday, 24 June 2014 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.: Exhibition organ...

  16. A Proposed Information Architecture for Telehealth System Interoperability

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    Warren, S.; Craft, R.L.; Parks, R.C.; Gallagher, L.K.; Garcia, R.J.; Funkhouser, D.R.

    1999-04-07

    Telemedicine technology is rapidly evolving. Whereas early telemedicine consultations relied primarily on video conferencing, consultations today may utilize video conferencing, medical peripherals, store-and-forward capabilities, electronic patient record management software, and/or a host of other emerging technologies. These remote care systems rely increasingly on distributed, collaborative information technology during the care delivery process, in its many forms. While these leading-edge systems are bellwethers for highly advanced telemedicine, the remote care market today is still immature. Most telemedicine systems are custom-designed and do not interoperate with other commercial offerings. Users are limited to a set of functionality that a single vendor provides and must often pay high prices to obtain this functionality, since vendors in this marketplace must deliver entire systems in order to compete. Besides increasing corporate research and development costs, this inhibits the ability of the user to make intelligent purchasing decisions regarding best-of-breed technologies. We propose a secure, object-oriented information architecture for telemedicine systems that promotes plug-and-play interaction between system components through standardized interfaces, communication protocols, messaging formats, and data definitions. In this architecture, each component functions as a black box, and components plug together in a lego-like fashion to achieve the desired device or system functionality. The architecture will support various ongoing standards work in the medical device arena.

  17. A new system for parallel drug screening against multiple-resistant HIV mutants based on lentiviral self-inactivating (SIN vectors and multi-colour analyses

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    Prokofjeva Maria M

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite progress in the development of combined antiretroviral therapies (cART, HIV infection remains a significant challenge for human health. Current problems of cART include multi-drug-resistant virus variants, long-term toxicity and enormous treatment costs. Therefore, the identification of novel effective drugs is urgently needed. Methods We developed a straightforward screening approach for simultaneously evaluating the sensitivity of multiple HIV gag-pol mutants to antiviral drugs in one assay. Our technique is based on multi-colour lentiviral self-inactivating (SIN LeGO vector technology. Results We demonstrated the successful use of this approach for screening compounds against up to four HIV gag-pol variants (wild-type and three mutants simultaneously. Importantly, the technique was adapted to Biosafety Level 1 conditions by utilising ecotropic pseudotypes. This allowed upscaling to a large-scale screening protocol exploited by pharmaceutical companies in a successful proof-of-concept experiment. Conclusions The technology developed here facilitates fast screening for anti-HIV activity of individual agents from large compound libraries. Although drugs targeting gag-pol variants were used here, our approach permits screening compounds that target several different, key cellular and viral functions of the HIV life-cycle. The modular principle of the method also allows the easy exchange of various mutations in HIV sequences. In conclusion, the methodology presented here provides a valuable new approach for the identification of novel anti-HIV drugs.

  18. EXPERIENCE OF ORNITHINE ASPARTATE (HEPA-MERZ AND PROBIOTICS BIOFLORUM FORTE IN THE TREATMENT OF NON-SEVERE FORMS OF ALCOHOLIC AND NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE

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    L. Yu. Ilchenko

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of ornithine aspartate, probiotic Bioflorum Forte and their combination with steatosis and steatohepatitis in patients  with alcohol and non-alcoholic  fatty  liver disease. Materials and methods.  An open, randomized,  comparative  clinical study, which included 30 outpatients and inpatients with a diagnosis of steatosis, steatohepatitis. We analyzed the clinical symptoms, functional state of the liver. With the help of questionnaires  (Grids LeGo and post intoxication alcohol syndrome have established the presence of chronic alcohol intoxication. Test transmissions of numbers used to characterize the cognitive function, as well as detection  of minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Quality of life was assessed by questionnaire for patients with chronic liver disease — CLDQ (The chronic liver disease questionnaire. The duration of treatment was4 weeks. Results: all three treatment regimens have demonstrated therapeutic  efficacy: clinical improvement, recovery of liver function and results in cognitive function. When combined therapy also produced a significant improvement  in patients’ quality of life. It is shown that  the safety and tolerability of the means employed, adverse events were not reported. Conclusion: the results obtained allow us to recommend the use of ornithine aspartate (Hepa-Merz, both as monotherapy and as part of complex therapy of steatosis,  steatohepatitis with probiotic Bioflorum Forte in patients with alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

  19. Modeling a Sensor to Improve Its Efficacy

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    Nabin K. Malakar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Robots rely on sensors to provide them with information about their surroundings. However, high-quality sensors can be extremely expensive and cost-prohibitive. Thus many robotic systems must make due with lower-quality sensors. Here we demonstrate via a case study how modeling a sensor can improve its efficacy when employed within a Bayesian inferential framework. As a test bed we employ a robotic arm that is designed to autonomously take its own measurements using an inexpensive LEGO light sensor to estimate the position and radius of a white circle on a black field. The light sensor integrates the light arriving from a spatially distributed region within its field of view weighted by its spatial sensitivity function (SSF. We demonstrate that by incorporating an accurate model of the light sensor SSF into the likelihood function of a Bayesian inference engine, an autonomous system can make improved inferences about its surroundings. The method presented here is data based, fairly general, and made with plug-and-play in mind so that it could be implemented in similar problems.

  20. Sprego Programming

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    Maria Csernoch

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Spreadsheet management is a border-land between office applications and programming, however, it is rather communicated that spreadsheet is nothing more than an easily handled fun piece. Consequently, the complexity of spreadsheet handling, the unprepared end-users, their problem solving abilities and approaches do not match. To overcome these problems we have developed and introduced Sprego (Spreadsheet Lego. Sprego is a simplified functional programming language in spreadsheet environment, and such as can be used both as introductory language and the language of end-user programmers. The essence of Sprego is that we use as few and simple functions as possible and based on these functions build multilevel formulas. With this approach, similar to high level programming, we are able solve advanced problems, developing algorithmic skills, computational thinking. The advantage of Sprego is the simplicity of the language, when the emphasis is not on the coding but on the problem. Beyond that spreadsheets would provide real life problems with authentic data and tables which students are more interested in than the artificial environment and semi-authentic problems of high level programming languages.

  1. A (reexistência do Sul: mídia e política na América Latina

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    Flora Daemon

    2010-12-01

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    O combate midiático a que Dênis de Moraes se refere em A Batalha da Mídia é resultado de um fenômeno já observado pelo autor em pesquisas desenvolvidas anteriormente que toma fôlego e coragem nesta obra: a midiatização. A partir de um olhar dedicado e detalhista às questões latino-americanas, Moraes observa a disputa pelo controle entre grandes corporações de comunicação que, historicamente, pretendiam assegurar a dominação política e ideológica das informações difundidas no continente, ao mesmo tempo em que oferece um panorama preciso a respeito das empreitadas progressistas que objetivam reverter o referido quadro a partir da inclusão das massas nas agendas de discussão.

  2. SOCIAL REPRESENTATIONS AND SOCIAL COGNITION: CONTRIBUTIONS TO NURSING AND HEALTH RESEARCH

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    Jaime Alonso Caravaca Morera

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: analizar el potencial que el Paradigma Teórico de las Representaciones Sociales y la Cognición Social poseen en las investigaciones en enfermería y salud. Método: reflexión construida con el apoyo de autores considerados referencias en la elaboración, complementación y difusión de este paradigma, con importante trayectoria en el área de la psicología social y ciencias de la salud. Resultados: partiendo de la especificidad del objeto epistemológico de la enfermería que es el cuidado, las Representaciones Sociales podrían ser consideradas como elementos autóctonos de las cogniciones lego/seglares y cotidianas, que auxilian en la construcción social de la realidad y en la organización de prácticas de atención. Conclusión: a la luz de estos registros, se resalta que el valor heurístico de las Representaciones Sociales y la Cognición Social, ha venido sustentándose desde su propuesta en la década de 1960. Consecuentemente, los tres modelos advenidos como resultado irrefutable del desarrollo del campo de estudio de las representaciones sociales en salud, han permitido una aproximación significativa por parte de algunas investigaciones en enfermería y áreas afines.

  3. Extra Dimensions: 3D and Time in PDF Documentation

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    Graf, Norman A.; /SLAC

    2011-11-10

    High energy physics is replete with multi-dimensional information which is often poorly represented by the two dimensions of presentation slides and print media. Past efforts to disseminate such information to a wider audience have failed for a number of reasons, including a lack of standards which are easy to implement and have broad support. Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) has in recent years become the de facto standard for secure, dependable electronic information exchange. It has done so by creating an open format, providing support for multiple platforms and being reliable and extensible. By providing support for the ECMA standard Universal 3D (U3D) file format in its free Adobe Reader software, Adobe has made it easy to distribute and interact with 3D content. By providing support for scripting and animation, temporal data can also be easily distributed to a wide audience. In this talk, we present examples of HEP applications which take advantage of this functionality. We demonstrate how 3D detector elements can be documented, using either CAD drawings or other sources such as GEANT visualizations as input. Using this technique, higher dimensional data, such as LEGO plots or time-dependent information can be included in PDF files. In principle, a complete event display, with full interactivity, can be incorporated into a PDF file. This would allow the end user not only to customize the view and representation of the data, but to access the underlying data itself.

  4. Impact of DIY Home Manufacturing with 3D Printing on the Toy and Game Market

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    Emily E. Petersen

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available The 2020 toy and game market is projected to be US$135 billion. To determine if 3D printing could affect these markets if consumers offset purchases by 3D printing free designs, this study investigates the 100 most popular downloaded designs at MyMiniFactory in a month. Savings are quantified for using a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer and three filament types: commercial filament, pellet-extruded filament, and post-consumer waste converted to filament with a recyclebot. Case studies probed the quality of: (1 six common complex toys; (2 Lego blocks; and (3 the customizability of open source board games. All filaments analyzed saved the user over 75% of the cost of commercially available true alternative toys and over 90% for recyclebot filament. Overall, these results indicate a single 3D printing repository among dozens is saving consumers well over $60 million/year in offset purchases. The most common savings fell by 40%–90% in total savings, which came with the ability to make novel toys and games. The results of this study show consumers can generate higher value items for less money using the open source distributed manufacturing paradigm. It appears clear that consumer do-it-yourself (DIY manufacturing is set to have a significant impact on the toy and game markets in the future.

  5. Why it is harder to run RoboCup in South Africa

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    Alexander Ferrein

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Robots are widely used as a vehicle to spark interest in science and technology in learners. A number of initiatives focus on this issue, for instance, the Roberta Initiative, the FIRST Lego League, the World Robot Olympiad and RoboCup Junior. Robotic competitions are valuable not only for school learners but also for university students, as the RoboCup initiative shows. Besides technical skills, the students get some project exposure and experience what it means to finish their tasks on time. But qualifying students for future high-tech areas should not only be for students from developed countries. In this article, we present our experiences with research and education in robotics within the RoboCup initiative, in Germany and South Africa; we report on our experiences with trying to get the RoboCup initiative in South Africa going. RoboCup has a huge support base of academic institutions in Germany; this is not the case in South Africa. We present our ‘north–south’ collaboration initiatives in RoboCup between Germany and South Africa and discuss some of the reasons why we think it is harder to run RoboCup in South Africa.

  6. Volunteers for Researchers’ Night wanted

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    2015-01-01

    Every year, on the last Friday of September, the European Researchers’ Night (see here) takes place in about 300 cities all over Europe - promoting research in engaging and fun ways for the general public. This year, CERN will be participating once again, hosting dozens of events across the Balexert shopping centre – and we’ll need YOUR help to make the celebration a success.   From film screenings and celebrity Q&A sessions to “Ask a Researcher” and build-your-own LEGO LHC events, this year’s Researchers’ Night is going to be jam-packed! The fun will kick off prior to the night itself with a mock-up of the LHC tunnel installed in the central court of the Balexert shopping centre, 8-12 September*. CERN people will be on hand to speak to shoppers about the LHC, and to encourage them to participate in Researchers’ Night! The CERN organisers are recruiting volunteers and support staff for Researchers’ ...

  7. Remotely controlled vehicles on the Internet

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    Gyulai, Csaba; Abbott, Ben A.; Olsen, Gordon

    1998-08-01

    The Redrover, Redrover project implements a control system that runs over the Internet. The goal of the project is to provide an inexpensive educational tool that introduces elementary and middle school aged students to robotic vehicles, the Internet, concepts of remote control, and planetary exploration. The control loop consists of a server and client(s), which communicate locally or through the Internet. The server receives move commands from the client and sends back images and sensor data. The server part of the program runs on a computer that is connected to a rover built by using Lego blocks. The control interface between the computer and the rover turns on and off the drive motors and collects data from the sensors. The client user interface was first based on HTML pages, subsequently it was rewritten to increase the speed of the application and create a more consistent user interface.Advantages of using the Internet for remote control are cheap implementation and universal availability. The disadvantage is the generally low bandwidth of the Internet resulting in low data transfer rates and uneven response times.

  8. Ensino médio: em busca do princípio pedagógico

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    Paolo Nosella

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O debate sobre a problemática do ensino médio se intensificou. Não se trata de um debate novo. Porém, nestes últimos anos, ganhou novo fôlego, repercutindo inclusive nos meios de comunicação de massa. No intuito de contribuir para este debate, o texto traz informações de caráter histórico e considerações teóricas. Defende a tese de que o trabalho é o princípio educativo geral de todo o sistema escolar. A especificidade pedagógica do ensino médio decorre do momento vivido pelo jovem em busca de sua definição moral, intelectual e social. Por ser a fase final do ensino básico, é de caráter formativo não profissionalizante. A atual apologia e expansão da profissionalização precoce é uma declaração da falência e do abandono do ensino médio público, humanista, "culturalmente desinteressado", destinado a preparar dirigentes.

  9. Sustainable High Quality Recycling of Aggregates from Waste-to-Energy, Treated in a Wet Bottom Ash Processing Installation, for Use in Concrete Products

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    Van den Heede, Philip; Ringoot, Niels; Beirnaert, Arno; Van Brecht, Andres; Van den Brande, Erwin; De Schutter, Geert; De Belie, Nele

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, more efforts towards sustainability are required from the concrete industry. Replacing traditional aggregates by recycled bottom ash (BA) from municipal solid waste incineration can contribute to this goal. Until now, only partial replacement has been considered to keep the concrete workability, strength and durability under control. In this research, the feasibility of a full aggregate replacement was investigated for producing prefabricated Lego bricks. It was found that the required compressive strength class for this purpose (C20/25) could be achieved. Nevertheless, a thorough understanding of the BA properties is needed to overcome other issues. As BA is highly absorptive, the concrete’s water demand is high. This workability issue can be dealt with by subjecting the fine BA fraction to a crushing operation to eliminate the porous elements and by pre-wetting the fine and coarse BA fractions in a controlled manner. In addition, a reactive NaOH washing is needed to avoid formation of longitudinal voids and the resulting expansion due to the metallic aluminum present in the BA. Regarding the long-term behavior, heavy metal leaching and freeze-thaw exposure are not problematic, though there is susceptibility to acetic and lactic acid attack and maybe increased sensitivity to alkali-silica reaction. PMID:28787809

  10. Open Days Guide: Kids invade CERN!

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    2013-01-01

    Keep the whole family entertained with this mix of zany activities, performances and visits.   ATLAS Adventures Using the building blocks of the Universe – LEGO, of course – kids will be invited to make their own model of the ATLAS experiment. Each model will be entered into a competition for some great ATLAS prizes! Over-7s will love working on the giant ATLAS puzzle, and adults will be on hand for the little ones who want to put in a piece. (Ages 4 and up) Map: Point 1 - ATLAS experiment CMS’s Battle of the Bosons Quark? Higgs? Proton? Take your pick. At “Paint-a-Particle” face painting, kids will be “transformed” into their favourite particles! They’ll also get a chance to work on a massive wood-block version of the CMS detector. The whole family is invited to “fight fire” and win prizes: look out for portable fire hydrants to find out more! (Ages 3 and up) Map: Point 5 - CM...

  11. PENGARUH STORYTELLING TERHADAP PERILAKU EMPATI ANAK

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    Rita Diah Ayuni

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Social relationship with others is important when the child enters middle childhood. Empathy behavior is the individual act to put herself or himself in others' feel. Empathy is influenced by individual perspective, gender, intelligence, similarity, experience, innate, discipline methods, and bonding. Through storytelling, children are expected to understand the differences of thoughts and feelings between them and others. This study aims to determine the effect of storytelling on the empathy behavior in the second grade students. A 35 students of Hj. Isriati Baiturrahman 1 elementary school Semarang which selected using nonrandomized pretest-posttest control group design. Measurements were made in lego game setting with 3-4 children per group. The data is collected using observation checklist that consists of 15 behavior indicators and conducted by two observers. The observation supported by audio-video recordings. Independent Sample t-Test and Paired Sample t-Test is used to analyzed the data. The result showed that was not difference between experiment group and control group in empathy behavior. On another hand, used aspect analysis, found that there was difference in fantasy between two groups. Keywords: Children’s empathy behavior, storytelling

  12. Three-dimensional spiral CT of craniofacial malformations in children

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    Binaghi, S.; Gudinchet, F.

    2000-01-01

    Objective. To assess the value of three-dimensional CT (3D CT) in the diagnosis and management of suspected paediatric craniofacial malformations. Materials and methods. Twenty-eight children (12 girls, 16 boys) with a mean age of 4 years, suffering from craniofacial or cervical malformations, underwent craniofacial spiral CT. 3D reformatting was performed using an independent workstation. Results. 3D CT allowed the preoperative evaluation of 16 patients with craniosynostosis and the post-surgical management of 2 patients. 3D CT clearly depicted malformations of the skull base involving the petrous bone in seven patients (four cases of Goldenhar-Gorlin syndrome, one case of Treacher-Collins syndrome and two cases of Crouzon's disease). Four patients with craniofacial clefts were also evaluated. Radiological findings were confirmed by the clinical and intraoperative findings in all patients that underwent surgical treatment. Movement artefacts and ''Lego effect'' related to abrupt change of cranial vault border were encountered and are discussed. Conclusions. 3D CT of the skull can safely and reliably identify paediatric craniofacial malformations involving bone, and it should be used as morphological mapping to help the surgeon in planning surgical treatment. (orig.)

  13. Don’t miss the Passport to the Big Bang event this Sunday!

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    Word has been going around for weeks now about the inauguration of the Passport to the Big Bang on Sunday 2 June. Ideal for a family day out or a day with friends, this is a CERN event not to be missed!   The Passport to the Big Bang is a 54-km scientific tourist trail comprising ten exhibition platforms in front of ten CERN sites in the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva. Linked by cycle routes, these ten platforms will mark the same number of stages in the rally for competitive cyclists and the bicycle tour for families taking place this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. But that’s not all: from 2 p.m., you will also have the chance to take part in a huge range of activities provided by clubs and associations from CERN and the local region. Watch an oriental dance show, have a go at building detectors out of Kapla blocks and Lego, meet different reptile species, learn about wind instruments, try your hand at Nordic walking or Zumba fitness, get a better understanding of road safety...

  14. When the proton becomes larger

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    The TOTEM experiment at the LHC has just confirmed that, at high energy, protons behave as if they were becoming larger. In more technical terms, their total cross-section – a parameter linked to the proton-proton interaction probability – increases with energy. This phenomenon, expected from previous measurements performed at much lower energy, has now been confirmed for the first time at the LHC’s unprecedented energy.   One arm of a TOTEM T2 detector during its installation at interaction point 5. A composite particle like the proton is a complex system that in no way resembles a static Lego construction: sub-components move inside and interactions keep the whole thing together, but in a very dynamic way. This partly explains why even the very common proton can still be hiding secrets about its nature, decades after its discovery. One way of studying the inner properties of protons is to observe how they interact with each other, which, in technical terms, i...

  15. THE FRAME NETWORK OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STAKEHOLDER COMPOSITIONS IN THE EARLY PHASES OF NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

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    Andersen, Alexander Kjær; Nafei, Nadiim Mohamed Adel Abd El Fatta; Larsen, Michael Planck

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    New Product Development (NPD) projects have continually become more complex over the years and now involve a diverse range of stakeholders, who have different disciplinary backgrounds, values, objectives, and experience. This makes them create different ‘frames’, which may represent conflicting p...... also identifies core activities and events of the framing process and propose a model describing an iterative cycle of six phases that stakeholders in New Product Development go through, which we in this article call ‘The Interdisciplinary Framing Loop’.......New Product Development (NPD) projects have continually become more complex over the years and now involve a diverse range of stakeholders, who have different disciplinary backgrounds, values, objectives, and experience. This makes them create different ‘frames’, which may represent conflicting...... perspectives. This might create challenges or bring the process to a standstill ultimately wasting resources. By analysing case studies from three different Scandinavian product development companies: LEGO, LEO Pharma, and Zenit Design, this paper investigates the characteristics of the framing process...

  16. A Proposed Information Architecture for Telehealth System Interoperability

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    Craft, R.L.; Funkhouser, D.R.; Gallagher, L.K.; Garica, R.J.; Parks, R.C.; Warren, S.

    1999-04-20

    We propose an object-oriented information architecture for telemedicine systems that promotes secure `plug-and-play' interaction between system components through standardized interfaces, communication protocols, messaging formats, and data definitions. In this architecture, each component functions as a black box, and components plug together in a ''lego-like'' fashion to achieve the desired device or system functionality. Introduction Telemedicine systems today rely increasingly on distributed, collaborative information technology during the care delivery process. While these leading-edge systems are bellwethers for highly advanced telemedicine, most are custom-designed and do not interoperate with other commercial offerings. Users are limited to a set of functionality that a single vendor provides and must often pay high prices to obtain this functionality, since vendors in this marketplace must deliver en- tire systems in order to compete. Besides increasing corporate research and development costs, this inhibits the ability of the user to make intelligent purchasing decisions regarding best-of-breed technologies. This paper proposes a reference architecture for plug-and-play telemedicine systems that addresses these issues.

  17. ICARUS comes of age

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    2003-01-01

    After several years of R&D, the ICARUS experiment, which acts as a sort of observatory for the study of neutrinos and the instability of matter, is starting to come together. In the summer of 2001, the first module of the ICARUS T600 detector passed a series of tests. The year 2004 will see the detector's installation and first data-taking at the Gran Sasso Laboratory. A 3000-ton version should be ready to receive the CNGS neutrino beam in 2006. ICARUS is putting on weight to boost its chances of trapping neutrinos. Once it has grown to its full size, the experiment's 3000-tonne detector will be able to detect not only the neutrinos arriving from CERN but also those from the sky. The detector comprises 300-tonne semi-modules, which are stacked together like giant pieces of lego until the desired mass is achieved. Each semi-module is 3.9 m x 4.3 m and 19.6 metres in length. The semi-modules are built outside the tunnel at the Gran Sasso Laboratory and then transported inside "ready-to-fit". Each semi-modul...

  18. The many facets of climate change - Conference proceedings

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    2011-03-01

    This conference day on climate change was organized by the French meteorological society (SMF) at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris. This document brings together the available presentations given at the conference. Eight presentations (slides) are compiled in this document and deal with: 1 - Climate change today and tomorrow, the research stakes (Herve Le Treut, IPSL); 2 - Rise of sea levels: estimations and regional variability (Guy Woeppelmann, La Rochelle Univ.); 3 - Polar ice caps and continental cryo-sphere as seen from space (A. Kouraev, F. Remy, E. Berthier, LEGOS); 4 - Impacts of climate change on exploited marine populations: projections and uncertainties (Patrick Lehodey, CLS); 5 - Climate change stakes on agricultural and winery activities in France (Eric Duchene, INRA); 6 - Impacts of climate change on forest trees phenology and their consequences on trees life and survival (Francois Lebourgeois, ENGREF); 7 - Remote-epidemiology: a health-aid in a climate change context (Murielle Lafaye, CNES); 8 - Socio-economic aspects and adaptation: a climate history, for what? (Emmanuel Garnier, Caen Univ.)

  19. El científico y el extraterrestre (versión 2.6

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    A. Javier Izquierdo

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Una maniobra muy popular en la contienda de la argumentación académica para fines de demarcación precisa de fronteras epistemológicas entre saberes expertos y conocimientos legos consiste en construir metafóricamente la figura mítico-sagrada del extraterrestre como un modelo asintótico del científico modélico. Apoyándome en esta retórica convencional, planteo aquí examinar con mayor detenimiento los atractivos físicos de tan codiciado tropo científicoficcional para tantear sus límites últimos como herramienta de investigación de las realidades investigadoras. El trabajo ofrece de este modo una reflexión original sobre el estado actual del negocio de las ciencias sociales internacionales reciclando materiales audiovisuales de procedencia varia: cine y televisión, cámaras visibles y ocultas, realidad y ficción.

  20. Differences in Judgments of Creativity: How Do Academic Domain, Personality, and Self-Reported Creativity Influence Novice Judges’ Evaluations of Creative Productions?

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    Mei Tan

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Intelligence assessment is often viewed as a narrow and ever-narrowing field, defined (as per IQ by the measurement of finely distinguished cognitive processes. It is instructive, however, to remember that other, broader conceptions of intelligence exist and might usefully be considered for a comprehensive assessment of intellectual functioning. This article invokes a more holistic, systems theory of intelligence—the theory of successful intelligence—and examines the possibility of including in intelligence assessment a similarly holistic measure of creativity. The time and costs of production-based assessments of creativity are generally considered prohibitive. Such barriers may be mitigated by applying the consensual assessment technique using novice raters. To investigate further this possibility, we explored the question: how much do demographic factors such as age and gender and psychological factors such as domain-specific expertise, personality or self-perceived creativity affect novices’ unidimensional ratings of creativity? Fifty-one novice judges from three undergraduate programs, majoring in three disparate expertise domains (i.e., visual art, psychology and computer science rated 40 child-generated Lego creatures for creativity. Results showed no differences in creativity ratings based on the expertise domains of the judges. However, judges’ personality and self-perception of their own everyday creativity appeared to influence the way they scored the creatures for creativity.