Wednesday, October 5, 2011

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Software - Now free!!

I'm very pleased to see that LEGO have now made the retail version of their NXT-G v2.0 software available as a free download. Because this is the retail version, it won't have the Robot Educator tutorials or the graphical data-logging capabilities of the education version, but it's still great for situations where students who do have their own kits want to be able to do some programming at home.

I know that it costs a lot of money (and time!) to create a piece of software, but I've been very keen to see LEGO make the software freely available for quite some time - especially for schools. When it comes to robotics in the classroom, I find that each of the dominant programming languages for the NXT have their own strength and weaknesses. Considering the breadth of students I teach, I like to have a range of programming options available, but the cost of licenses needed to have a full range of software adds up quickly. For some students, NXT-G is perfect, but for others (e.g. those who have already completed pre-tertiary Computer Science) either RobotC or LVLM will be more appropriate. (I'll even be breaking out Robolab this week for a student who has decided that he wants to program a swarm of RCXs for his final project!!)

(Thanks to Damien Kee for passing on this news via the 'Robotics in Education' mailing list.)

2 comments:

  1. Is there any program which you put in the motor names and then press arrows and then it will move around according to the arrow keys you press? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you for posting! I was about to throw away the set as there wasn´t the cd deliverd with. Many thanks!!!

    ReplyDelete