That's great! Welcome to the MindBOARDS!mariposita wrote:Hi--
Thanks for this great forum--I've learned so much already and am looking forward to participating.
Sounds like a golden opportunity to me!mariposita wrote:I'm the mom of a ten year old Lego fanatic (and a long-time Lego fanatic myself). I live in a country where it is very expensive and difficult to buy Mindstorms, but am making a trip back to the US next month and am going to order the NXT 2.0 from Amazon (where my son has been accruing a formidable gift certificate balance from his grandparents--incidentally it's on sale now for $239.98).
While I have not bought that book myself, every person I know that has it says that it's REALLY good, and helps a lot with getting you into LEGO MINDSTORMS.mariposita wrote:I was also planning on getting this book:
The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots
That is pleasing to hear, and will be very helpful. A big problem that often faces new people to this is their discouragement from programming. If you'll be sticking with the software included in the set, then knowing how to program should be fairly easy.mariposita wrote:I know how to program, so I hope that will be enough to get us going.
There are third party sensors, some of which are endorsed by LEGO. Theres HiTechnic, Mindsensors, Dexter Industries, and a few not as well known companies. Mindsensors and Dexter industries sensors are more advenced and expensive, so I wouldn't recommend them to a beginner. Some, but not many, of the HiTechnic sensors may be of use to a beginner. I recommend aquiring them as you go, but seeing your situation, I'd say buy the Accelerometer and Compass sensors. You can buy some of them directly from LEGO, but all of them are available from the HiTechnic website. It sounds like your son has some LEGO gift car money, so I'd recommend buying them from LEGO if you can to save money.mariposita wrote:I was wondering what other add-ons (sensors, cables, remotes, etc?) or Lego pieces I might want to pick up when I make the order, since finding them here will be difficult/impossible/costly and we won't be back in the US for at least a year or two.
Well, since he's really serious about it, you could look at various sets undermariposita wrote:Are there any pieces/parts/sensors/etc. that you feel really enhance the beginner experience? My son is particularly interested in designing machines with moving parts (he wants to be a 21st-century Da Vinci when he grows up!). Right now we have a few technics kits (like the buggy), but I have a feeling he'll want more gears and parts that move/articulate. Any recommendations?
mariposita wrote:Can I just say that animating Legos was my childhood dream?--I can't wait to play!
mariposita wrote:--I'm starting to think we may each need our own at some point.
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