This sample, taken from a teacher guide, makes use of Lego NXT programmable kits to create musical instruments. Controllable devices are built that can ‘play’ percussion instruments such as a xylophone and a drum; other ideas include making a trumpet using NXT touch sensors for buttons, or controlling tone using the ultrasonic distance sensor. The projects are suitable for students with experience of using NXT at a basic level. They do not require extensive programming skills, and contextual information relating to music is provided for teaching by non-experts. The projects require Lego NXT kits, as well as the NXT 2.0 programming environment. Building instructions are included.
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