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Promoted 12-28-2015 by Corwin at 07:06 PM View Original Post
Shop.Education.Lego.com has select LEGO Mindstorms Education Sets and Software on Sale for Up to 50% Off. Shipping is $8 for orders $0-$99 and 7% for orders $100-$499. Thanks dcurve

Note: The NXT Base Set works with the NXT Software 2.1 (sold separately), see forum thread and Wiki post for additional information and discussion.

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More details about LEGO Mindstorms can be found here and see the forum thread and Wiki post for additional discussion and information. This looks like a great way to introduce kids to robotics. -Corwin

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Edited December 28, 2015 at 11:06 AM by cricket702
Lego Education has the previous Mindstorms set for 1/2 off (50%). While this is a previous version, it is still a capable robotics set and will get your kids on the path to making robots.

https://shop.education.lego.com/l...cation+NXT

About Mindstorms:
https://education.lego.com/en-us/...cation-nxt

Note: this is the Lego Education Set. It will not come with the NXT Software. It is recommended that you purchase the software (also 50% off) as well for $39.97.
https://shop.education.lego.com/l...cation-NXT

Overall this is still a fantastic deal. for about 200 bucks, you get a full LEGO Robotics suite. Right now the closest thing is the EV3 (newest version) that never sells at a discount for $350.
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Last Edited by dcurve December 30, 2015 at 06:56 AM
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY SOFTWARE SEE MY EXPLANATION BELOW

But this education kit comes with the older light sensor that requires workarounds to work with the EV3 software. Get the kit and the color light sensor and then use the free ev3 software. The better half price light sensor is:
https://shop.education.lego.com/l...cation-NXT

http://stemrobotics.cs.pdx.edu/
A great STEM Site

Course: STEM Robotics 101 NXT: http://stemrobotics.cs.pdx.edu/node/291

YouTube Vid discussing Differences EV3 NXT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o7iteBPxMI

Differences in sets: (great to get more detail)
http://robotsquare.com/2012/02/18...-versions/

The First Open Source LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) NXT Firmware Development Kit:
http://nxtgcc.sourceforge.net/

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If you're looking at this but considering passing because it is not the latest version that would be a big mistake. -- I own (I forget exactly) something like 12-17 of these (some partials, some dead bricks etc) I bought the EV3 the day it came out. I do not regret buying it BUT it is NOT considerably more capable that the NXT.

(I'm speaking from a learning/competition point of view) In practice the only thing that the EV3 gives you that the NXT does not is the gyro sensor. And your little kiddo probably has a long way to go before that becomes important. - Additionally at last year's international finals I'd guess only a third of the teams were using gyro sensors and several were using NXTs.

One more note. Since more plastics are always needed and having a test bot is of great value. (remember competition POV) I would buy my kid 2 of these before I'd buy a single EV3. Oh and BTW you could buy 3 of these for the same money.

Lastly you can download the EV3 software free from Lego so your kid would be using the same software as they use at school. (assuming school has EV3)

In short if you're on the fence about this deal, as someone with lots of experience with several teams at multiple schools, I give this a very strong buy.

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Thanks for sharing! What are the recommended age for this?
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This is an amazing deal. Anyone who wants kids to learn STEM should strongly consider these sets as a gateway. Wish my kids were old enough to use these. Right now kids should be learning programming and the basics of robotics from 1st grade on, because by the time they graduate these skills will be as necessary as reading and basic math. If you want your kids to be leaders in the future, some sort of supplemental programming knowledge is required, our schools sure arent handling it.
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Thank you! I've been looking for an NXT set after watching my daughter play with the Google Santa site the last month. She absolutely loves the programming part and the NXT language is very similarly setup. Plus she loves LEGO. This is going to be awesome.
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What can I do with the base set without the software?
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Quote from hsiangg View Post :
Thanks for sharing! What are the recommended age for this?
The Mindstorms sets are usually ages 10 +
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What can I do with the base set without the software?
You do really need the software. I am not sure, but I also think there might be some open source stuff on the net.

Maybe some other folks can chime in too with their experience ?
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Is this as good as mindstorms? what is NXT?
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Quote from duy View Post :
What can I do with the base set without the software?
Just did a quick search on open source software / firmware

The First Open Source LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) NXT Firmware Development Kit:
http://nxtgcc.sourceforge.net/
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Do you need to buy the CD of the software or can you download it from Lego?

http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindsto...e-download
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Just did a quick search on open source software / firmware

The First Open Source LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) NXT Firmware Development Kit:
http://nxtgcc.sourceforge.net/
Thank
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If you're looking at this but considering passing because it is not the latest version that would be a big mistake. -- I own (I forget exactly) something like 12-17 of these (some partials, some dead bricks etc) I bought the EV3 the day it came out. I do not regret buying it BUT it is NOT considerably more capable that the NXT.

(I'm speaking from a learning/competition point of view) In practice the only thing that the EV3 gives you that the NXT does not is the gyro sensor. And your little kiddo probably has a long way to go before that becomes important. - Additionally at last year's international finals I'd guess only a third of the teams were using gyro sensors and several were using NXTs.

One more note. Since more plastics are always needed and having a test bot is of great value. (remember competition POV) I would buy my kid 2 of these before I'd buy a single EV3. Oh and BTW you could buy 3 of these for the same money.

Lastly you can download the EV3 software free from Lego so your kid would be using the same software as they use at school. (assuming school has EV3)

In short if you're on the fence about this deal, as someone with lots of experience with several teams at multiple schools, I give this a very strong buy.
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Quote from duy View Post :
What can I do with the base set without the software?
Quote from lou2ser View Post :
Do you need to buy the CD of the software or can you download it from Lego?
Quote from dcurve View Post :
You do really need the software. I am not sure, but I also think there might be some open source stuff on the net.
Software is free.* You can just download the EV3 software which is cool if your kid has the EV3 at school it's the same software.

http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindsto...d-software

*The EDUCATION software comes with some lessons and tutorials. But other than that it's the same as the retail software. If you use the NXT with the EV3 software, you do need to install one extra thing... I forget I think it is the block for the NXT motors. Whatever it is I know it was dead simple and took like 3 minutes and was free. -- AGAIN when you buy the education software you're buying content (lessons) not better software.
Lastly, obviously there are 'EV3 things' in the software that you can not take advantage of with the older brick.


Quote from hsiangg View Post :
Thanks for sharing! What are the recommended age for this?
Team play starts at 4th grade. But I've had a (smart) second grader that made progress and as a 3rd grader could help the newbie 4th graders.


Quote from ValenteG View Post :
Is this as good as mindstorms? what is NXT?
It is mindstorms. This is the education kit. Will work as toy too.
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