Lego Mindstorms

Unleash the creativity of Lego Mindstorms!

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Figure 1. Lego Mindstorms. (Lego, n.d.).

The Vera Bracken Library is home to a collection of 10 LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Core sets available for use. The library at Brooks campus also has 1 kit available for borrowing. These kits are available for sign out individually or as a set of 10.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits contain a programmable P-brick, sensors, and LEGO pieces, these kits support the development of new skills and facilitate active learning through the creation of robotics, engineering and learning to code.

They support coursework in education, engineering, visual communications, and many others. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits also provide opportunities for group learning and team-building exercises for both students and staff.

Not sure what Lego Mindstorms are? Check here for more information.

Want to know what types of things you can build? Check out the different types of builds here.

If you’re not sure what to build there is step-by-step guides available online which one can follow. There is also tutorials available online showing you how to use the programming language. To program your robot there is a few different options. There is a mobile version, which doesn’t have all the features of the full version but has all the basic functions. There is the full version which is available for PC and Mac and then there is also some developer programs. These programs are more advanced and let you use other programming languages such as python and C++.

Lego Mindstorms are great for any level of learning and how complicated you wish to go is completely up to you.

The library recently used them as a team building activity for college day. To save on time the robots were partially built but participants were responsible for finishing building them as well as programming them to run an obstacle course. In total the activity ran just over an hour and everyone spoke highly of it.

The best part of this type of activity is that it can always be improved upon. For example, if we did team building another day we would have been able to pull out the robots again and have everyone improve their programs. It’s an incredibly fun way to learn.

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Building the robots.

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Learning to program.

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Everyone hard at work.

 

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The library lineup.

If you would like more information on Lego Mindstorms please contact the library at reference@mhc.ab.ca

Reference:

Lego. (n.d.). Lego mindstorms [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://www.lego.com/en-us/themes/mindstorms/downloads

Tips & Tricks for Video Assignments

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Hey everyone! Welcome to the Library Services Blog. Since it is the beginning of the semester I figured I would get ahead of the game and post some information in regards to Video Production and Editing. Since working at Medicine Hat College there has been an increase in the amount of assignments that are requiring video as a component. Which personally I think is awesome! There are so many opportunities out there for people to become creators of their own content and video is such a great method. I know a lot of you are currently saying “But… I don’t know anything about video production” well don’t worry, here I will give you a little rundown of some information that you need to know as well as, where to find more information. Without further ado, Video Production Tip & Tricks.

To start the library offers different solutions depending on what you need to record. We have Web Cams, Video Camera’s and a DSLR camera. We even have something called a Cam Link which you can use to hook up a video camera directly to your laptop. This lets you record directly to your device meaning no need to transfer the video after the fact. Alright, so now that you have an idea of the equipment available, let’s move onto the next part.

I won’t go into any specific info here as I will be linking the library’s guide to Video Production and Editing at the end of the post. The video guide has all the information you need to understand what video recording entails and what you need to complete your assignment.

So you’ve recorded your video but something about it isn’t right. Perhaps it’s too long or there was a part where you laughed in the middle, don’t sweat. The library Makerspace has a couple different video editors that you can use at any time. Not sure how to use video editing software? We have you covered. The link at the end of the page has a video editing section which will give you a basic rundown of how to use the software.

Finally, before I end this post I will mention that the library also has 2 green screen. 1 is set up in MakerspaceMHC and the other is available for sign out. This tool is great if you need to change your background for your project. Say your assignment is supposed to have you in an exotic location, the green screen will have you covered and once again all the info on how to use the green screen is available by following the link.

Video Production/Editing/Green Screen Guide

Alright, now that you know what resources are available to you I hope that you feel a little better about doing that video assignment. Oh, and I almost forgot. We also offer a workshop on this content. The workshop will give you a beginning understanding of creating/editing a video and it’s also a great place to ask questions. Check the calendar below for times.

 

Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein

MakerspaceMHC

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Did you know that the library has a makerspace? We sure do! MakerspaceMHC is located within the Vera Bracken Library and is open during regular library hours. Everyone is invited to use the space to explore, learn, create and discover.

We have tons of equipment available including: a 3D printer, sewing machine, electronic cutter, a music creation station, poster creation stations as well as, a variety of software for 3D modeling, video game creation and other artistic endeavors. The equipment is available on a drop-in, first-come, first served basis. We also offer a variety of workshops throughout the year highlighting various projects that can be completed within the makerspace location. Please note: that an introductory workshop is required in order to use the 3D printer and/or the electronic cutter.

If you are a student, staff or faulty member of the Medicine Hat College online workshops are available.

Online Workshops

Once you login to Blackboard make your way to Library Workshops and pick the applicable workshop. Please note: Make sure to enroll in order to take the short quizzes.

Have fun and get making!

Check the calendar below for available workshops.

You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. – Maxwell Maltz