Team Resources:

Building

  • Youtube – Builderdue35
  • www.ev3lessons.com
  • ldraw.org – Open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes.
  • brickplayer.com – Private, independent website featuring LEGO sculptures, mosaics, news, reviews, and building tips & tricks.
  • brickjournal.com – BrickJournal is a magazine that spotlights the many aspects of the LEGO Community.
  • brickshelf.com – Cool LEGO building stuff.
  • peeron.com – More cool LEGO stuff, including a list of parts numbers and names; color chart, sets, building instructions
  • classic-castle.com – For LEGO castle aficionados
  • bricklink.com – Premium venue for individuals and businesses from all around the world to buy and sell new, used and vintage LEGO
  • brothers-brick.com – The Brothers Brick is a LEGO blog for adult fans of LEGO
  • lugnet.com – International LEGO Users Group Network, a global community of LEGO enthusiasts.
  • The Art of LEGO Design by Fred Martin– A slightly outdated, but still very useful guide to building with LEGO.

Programming

  • NEW! NXT Programming for Beginners – courtesy of Neil Rosenberg, Excellent resource for all levels of NXT users.
  • NEW! nxtprograms.com – Step-by-step instructions to build & program robots to do various simple tasks
  • NXT Programming Tutorial – Downloadable, excellent introductory and advanced programming tutorials for NXT. Provides step-by-step guidance and explanations of the skills needed to create simple and more advanced NXT-G robot code.
  • NXT Programming Tutorial (IN SPANISH)
  • NXTLOG – from LEGO.com, Share and archive your LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT projects.

Curriculum

  • GEAR-Tech-21– Comprehensive curriculum includes six to nine activity modules introducing robot design, building and programming for the LEGO NXT
  • Carnegie Mellon Curriculum – Comprehensive FIRST LEGO League robotics and engineering curriculum. From the Robotics Academy of The National Robotics Engineering Center and Carnegie Mellon, there are two items available here. First, a free robotics curriculum,a project involving many teachers, university faculty, engineers, and others. The outline covers almost everything you could want, but as it is an incomplete version a few documents are missing here and there. Available in English or Spanish, this school robotics curriculum is in depth coverage of the concepts involved in building and programming a robot. Next, based on this original material, a completed curriculumis available for purchase on CD. Also from Carnegie Mellon – Introductory training materials for LEGO MINDSTORMS robot and TETRIX
  • NASA Educational Robotics Matrix This is a list of robotics and engineering educational materials, collected by NASA. Not all of the materials here apply to FIRST LEGO League.
  • Tufts Center for Engineering Educational Outreach Curriculum – Encyclopedia of LEGO part names and uses, building and programming hints, and physics concepts. Also, about 40 classroom activities and curriculum ideas using LEGO elements and ROBOLAB to help teach subjects, from science and engineering to reading and art, are available for download. Another database of activities is below under LEGO Invent & Investigate Database.
  • Trifolioum Gears Lesson – A lesson plan about gear types and uses using LEGO gears to illustrate. Introduction to gears lesson.
  • How Stuff Works – Explanations of how things work. It is not a curricula, and not specific to FIRST LEGO League, but has very good explanations of general engineering concepts. For example, How Gears WorkHow Gear Ratios Work, and How Differentials Work.