Thursday, April 19, 2012

9580 LEGO Education WeDo™ Construction Set

The 9580 LEGO® Education WeDo™ Construction Set enables students to build LEGO  models that attach to the LEGO® USB Hub and then control the models using computer programs. The set contains 158 elements including a LEGO Hub, motor, tilt sensor and a motion sensor that add  movement and intelligence to the model.  

The LEGO® USB Hub controls sensors and motors from the 2000095 LEGO  Education WeDo™  software. Power and data are transmitted from the LEGO motors and sensors to and from the  computer using the two LEGO Hub ports. The WeDo Software automatically detects the LEGO  Hub and any motors and sensors attached to it. Up to three LEGO Hubs can be attached.

The motor can be programmed to turn this way or that way and to move at different power levels.   Power for the motor is supplied through voltage from the computer’s USB port (5V). Axles or other  LEGO elements can be attached to the motor.

Tilt Sensor 
The tilt sensor reports the direction it is tilted. The tilt sensor detects changes within six different  positions: Tilt This Way, Tilt That Way, Tilt Up, Tilt Down, No Tilt and Any Tilt.

Motion Sensor 
The motion sensor detects objects within a range of 15 centimeters (or about 6 inches)  depending on the design of the object.

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