Good news! We bought a used NXT kit for our own homeschool. The kids were so excited!! I-7 wants to have daily robot time.
The first invention with our own kit- now that it's built it's time to do some programming of that brain brick there on top. The software is a basic drag and drop programming format to tell the motors how to move. E11 is excited to work with it after using Scratch to write games and other programs.
For his birthday today E11 received this manual on Mindstorms NXT inventions. I hope many hours of robot building and programming are in store for us!
If you've never heard of FIRST you might be interested in its mission and vision below.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
Dean Kamen, Founder
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.