Teaching and Learning
- Click here for information on the new version (1.01) of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Software that has been released, to correct bugs in version 1.00.
- The EV3 is an evolution of the NXT, so it’s better but not overwhelmingly better, and we expect to see the NXT in FIRST LEGO League competitions for many years to come. The knowledge base and reference base for the NXT is also quite extensive. The EV3 will be allowed in competitions and FIRST has indicated that all the new sensors and motors would be allowed except the IR sensor. The bottom line is there is no difference in how the robots are treated.
- Mindstorms Upgrade: 2.0 to 2.1 This upgrade is for users who have Mindstorms NXT version 2.0 installed. It will not work for a 1.X version. If you are running a 1.x version, you will need to purchase a license for version 2.0 [Download]
- Mindstorms NXT Updates for Mac OS Users If you are having problems running Mindstorms NXT on a Mac OS system, you might need to install this software upgrade: [Download] Note that there are separate upgrades for versions 2.0 and 2.1.
- Mindstorms NXT Firmware 1.31 This is the latest version of firmware for the NXT controller. (Firmware is the native operating system of the NXT controller.)
To install the firmware, unzip it and copy it to the directory “LEGO Mindstorms NXT / engine / Firmware”. For Windows users, this will be found under C:Program Files; for Mac users it will be under Applications. Then, use the Tools/Update NXT Firmware option of the Mindstorms Programming application to install the firware to your NXT controller [Download].
Transitioning from FIRST LEGO League to FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) is the next level of competition after FIRST LEGO League. Students in grades 7-12 design, build, and program their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams, coaches, mentors and volunteers are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.