LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0

Legos have always been a best selling toy. They let kids use their imagination and build out of this world creations. They also give them a sense of pride. It is a great feeling to know that you have put something together. Not all Lego sets are created equal, and the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 proves it.

Instead of building a mythical place, environment, spaceship or person, this Lego set lets children build their very own working robot, and once it is built, children will be able to control it.

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Here are some of the features of the Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 Set:

  • Can be controlled from your computer
  • Compatible with PC and Mac
  • Includes 619 pieces
  • Two touch sensors
  • Color and Light Sensor
  • 32-Bit microprocessor
  • Batteries not included
  • Huge matrix display
  • Instructions show you how to build four unique robots
  • 4 inputs and 3 outputs
  • USB computer connection
  • Bluetooth computer connection

What is included in the box?

  • 1 NXT programmable Lego brick
  • 1 color sensor
  • Two touch sensors
  • 619 pieces
  • 1 USB cable
  • 1 test pad
  • Ultrasonic sensor
  • Computer software
  • Easy to understand user guide
  • Three servo motors
  • Complete instructions to build four robots
  • 7×6 wire cables

Is the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 right for your child?

The Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is rather expensive. It has to do with the robotics, they are the most expensive part of this kit. With all of the included projects, pieces and materials, your child will have hours of fun assembling the robots, playing with them, taking them apart and assembling their own Frankenstein like creations.

This Lego kit can prove to be challenging, but there are different robots that can be built and some are more challenging than the next. It is an excellent opportunity for parents to sit down with their children and help them overcome the challenging obstacles. On average it can take up to one hour to build the robot from start to finish. The instructions are very detailed and extremely easy to follow, but there might be questions that come up and it is a great chance for parents to answer them.

Which robot will your child build first?

Each and every robot creation will become just as popular as the next. Your child can choose to build the robot alligator, the mysterious humanoid, the sharp shooterbot, or by using the color sensor your child can build a robot that sorts balls by their color.

The programming side of things is a little more difficult to complete. The software itself is pretty straightforward and easy to use, but the included programming instructions can be difficult to understand. This is where you can step in and offer them a helping hand. Just try to offer them some simple guidance when they get stuck. For this reason, this Lego set is not recommended for children under the age of 10, and if your child gets easily frustrated building things, then this is not the toy for them.

Once you give them a helping hand, if they even need it, the toy opens a whole new world of possibilities and thought process. If your child has other Legos, they can be added to this kit to make some really unique robots. The only real limitation is your child’s imagination.

Children will love to build this Lego set with their friends and family. It teaches them how two people can work together to achieve one common goal. You know the old saying, “Two heads are better than one.”

The Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 set is a challenging but extremely fun toy that your child will spend plenty of good time with. The difference in this Lego set and others on the market is the simple fact that this one literally brings the creation to life. Just remember there are some parts of the programming side to this toy that can be difficult. Be ready to help your child through it, and who knows maybe you will both learn something new. There are also extra NXT guides that can be purchased separately. These guides offer a whole new world of robot creation.