Tuesday, September 05, 2006

NXT Course Curriculum

Today, I receive this question, and I hope you can help out:

Hello, I teach Industrial Electronics. I'm not new to electronics but I am new to teaching robotics, we are starting a intro to robotics course and lab this spring, I'm super excited about that. The original equipment was going to be one industrial robotic arm and 15 lab seats of simulation software, but after searching the web it seems that alot of schools and universities are using the lego mindstorm kits. I did some research and found that it would be cheaper to have 15 of this kits than one arm and sim software. I believe the students would learn more with these hands on kits. So my question is: "Is there a Curriculum built around the NXT? (Books, Lab Manual, Software Training, Videos, etc...)"

So that you know I'm not lazy, just really busy, I teach days and nights, and I'm dedicated to my work, I even when down to Toy's R Us and bought a set of commercial NXT for myself out of my own pocket, so that maybe I could create a course, I'm sure I can get the basics, but I really want my students to have the best.

Also if there is no such course curriculum, I'll be glad to help anyway that I can with an existing group, or start a group to create one.

Please leave comments to this blog if you can help out in any way, or would like to help with a group on building an NXT curriculum.


At September 05, 2006 6:39 AM , Anonymous Steve Dakin said...

Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Academy has a 2-part curriculum for NXT. A preview is available at their site:


You can order the product from LEGO Education. Part 1:


Part 2:


There are some other free tutorials on the web as well. Try the one from Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program:


At September 05, 2006 9:00 AM , Anonymous Filip said...

That free NXT Tutorial is also available on bNXT on http://bNXT.com/tutorial.

At September 05, 2006 8:27 PM , Blogger Drew Stevenson said...

I am working on expanding and diversifying an NXT curriculum of my own - but since its just me It's taking a while (colaborators anyone?).
Would potential users prefer Piecemeal mix and match resources or beginning to end curriculum (which only makes sense for a robotics class - despite the usefulness of NXT in Math, Science, Humanities (socials, Geog) Tech, and really any class that needs hands on instant feed back (stay tuned for my Game Show Quiz machine.)

Cloborators email me:
drew # bnxt.com
(replace # with @ and remove spaces)


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