Where to Find Project Directions
LEGO Mindstorms Projects Directly From LEGO
LEGO doesn’t just put out a product and then leave their customers to their own devices. With the Mindstorms project, LEGO has included downloadable programming for the robotic creations that can be concocted with any of its kits. The customer support section has both user created and official LEGO instructions as well as programming for NXT projects including the 8527 TriBot set. The alternative instructions for this set include the classic clock, Alpha Rex, Music player, the T-56 claw machine, Spike (a scorpion-like robot), Soundbot and Tribot. User created instructions available for download include step-by-step materials for building seven other unique robots from the 8547 NXT 2.0 kit, available at Amazon for around $279.
Each of these programmable robots can be programmed using the software interface at the LEGO site. The interface is intuitive and comes with easy to follow guided instructions. Drop by the site to check out the latest user creations, videos, blogs, or other Mindstorms related materials.
NXT Programs LEGO Mindstorms Projects
The NXT Programs website offers free instructions for 66 projects for the NXT 1.0 and 24 projects for the NXT 2.0. These instructions are broken down into levels from beginner to advanced in both terms of construction and programming. The projects here could keep a future engineer building and rebuilding for countless weeks.
Every single project on this site includes image based instructions with minimal text. There are explanatory notes when necessary but this is basically a set of visual guides. The programming aspects are also straight forward with lists of exactly where to find necessary files and how to transfer them to your NXT chip. Some of the best project kit instructions for the NXT 1.0 include the electric guitar, the line follower and the dog sled team. The NXT 2.0 has some equally interesting robots including the ball shooter and the forklift.