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Brick Sorting Revisited

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Unique Laboratory Experiments & Programs Poster Session

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10.270.1 - 10.270.14



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Mitchell Neilsen

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Session 1726

Brick Sorting Revisited*

M. L. Neilsen

Department of Computing and Information Sciences 234 Nichols Hall Kansas State University


With the rapidly advancing capabilities of computing hardware, it is now possible to embed computing capabilities in virtually all manufactured devices. Consequently, there is an increased demand for professionals trained to develop embedded electronic systems. However, the design and implementation of such systems requires a broad knowledge in areas traditionally not covered in any one discipline.

This paper discusses how a conceptually simple brick sorting problem can be used to solidify and unify some of the theoretical concepts covered in a traditional real-time systems course. The problem is to sort Lego™ Bricks of different colors into separate bins using a standard set of sensors and actuators controlled using Lego Mindstorms™ Robotic Command Explorer (RCX) bricks. Although conceptually simple, the problem enables students to connect abstract design concepts with a concrete implementation and to better understand the importance of using an iterative design methodology.

* In part, this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Grants No. 9980321 and 0227709. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Neilsen, M. (2005, June), Brick Sorting Revisited Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14396

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