The LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics kit is a wonderful way for kids ages 8 – 100+ to build and program robots. Follow these steps, in order, to teach your kids about LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics, using free online resources:
- LEGO Mindstorms NXT: A Brief Introduction & Tutorial Part 1 is an 8 minute YouTube tutorial by Chad Cardwell which teaches about the parts of a LEGO Mindstorms Kit.
- LEGO Mindstorms NXT: A Brief Introduction & Tutorial Part 2 is a second 8.5 minute tutorial by Chad Cardwell, which introduces how to program a LEGO Mindstorms Robot. It is just an introduction, but I think it’s a good one.
- Create a free account at the Computer Science Student Network. It gives you free access to lots of computer and robotics training, include the NXT Video Trainer software that used to cost $300. Once you create an account, log into the account. After logging in to the account, visit NXT Video Trainer 2.0 and follow the tutorials.
- Alternatively, you could follow the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program’s tutorial & exercises:
- By this step, you should have a good grasp of the basics and some advanced skills. For robot ideas, visit the following sites:
These are good sites for cool designs, but for more, just do an internet search for “LEGO Mindstorms NXT designs”. Lots of sites will pop up.
- LEGO Engineering: Building & Programming has the NXT Constructopedia Beta 2.1 that you should also take a look at.
- Here are some of my favorite books. I bought them for my son, as well as a local elementary school robotics club that I started:
- Visit VA Geek Mom’s Store for other products I like and use for my FIRST Lego League team.
- If you want to start a FIRST Lego League robotics team, see my FIRST Lego League Coaches tutorial…