LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics Building Set (8745)
The LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robotics building set is the latest and greatest generation of the LEGO Mindstorms line, and a superb gift for the "builders" on your list, whether child or adult.
The big difference between this and other robot kits is that it's LEGO - and that means that you can build the "model on the box" then take it apart and build something completely different, whether it's part of the official instructions or not. You're not limited to just the parts in the box, either - you can use your existing LEGO System and Technic parts to add to the Mindstorms NXT.
Toy robots are enduringly attractive to kids. Building your own toy robot is even better, making it do what you tell it to is best of all - and with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT that's exactly what kids can do, over and over again, in ways limited only by their imagination. As a Christmas gift, this is a toy that will keep on giving for years after the latest fad craze toy has bitten the dust.
Mindstorms NXT Out of the Box
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT is back and better than ever, with new robot models, even more customizable programming, and all-new technology including a color sensor! MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 combines the unlimited versatility of the LEGO building system with an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The new 2.0 toolkit features everything you need to create your first robot in 30 minutes and then tens of thousands of other robotic inventions that do what you want!
- The intelligent NXT LEGO brick features 32-bit microprocessor, a large matrix display, 4 input and 3 output ports, and Bluetooth and USB communication link
- Three interactive servo motors
- Four sensors: Ultrasonic Sensor, 2 Touch Sensors and the all-new Color Sensor
- Color Sensor has triple functionality: distinguishes colors and light settings, and functions as a lamp
- Easy-to-use software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming and 16 fun building and programming challenges All the LEGO® elements (612 pcs) you need for creating incredible robots Building instructions for 4 new amazing robots
- Personalize your robots with the Sound and Icon editors
- Share your project files with your friends with the Pack-N-Go project packager
Customer Reviews from Amazon
...This summer I taught a summer workshop on the Mindstorms NXT robotics system. I have to say that out of all of the kits available this one is the most cost effective and fun kit to use for robotics learning. It was so easy to teach the 8-15 year old students how to quickly build and program the examples provided in the kit, the kids really enjoyed the ShooterBot build...
...This is a great set for anybody interesting in Robotics, Science, computers, Mechanics, or anybody who wants to enjoy themselves and create something great. It is really easy to use and the possibilities are endless!!! No doubt this is probably one of the best toys/investment any parent can give to a child (I'm a kid too, but I have really gotten a lot out of it!). It allows kids to explore their imagination and make something unique. LEGO is a great company and the quality of the kit is excellent. An absolutely great buy!!!
...I share all of this because you, like me, may be trying to evaluate whether to make the considerable investment in this toy. I do think it's a great choice for a sharp eight-year-old who has demonstrated a love for building with other Lego projects. (What about a seven-year-old? Hard to say. My guess is that my kid would not have been quite ready for this a year ago.) But I can't tell you how cool, how wonderfully satisfying it is to see my son turn off the dang Spongebob reruns and lose himself for hours in this beautiful toy. It feels like THIS is what learning, and what childhood, is supposed to be...
...I plan to purchase more of these for my classroom. The kids can work in groups of 3-4 students per kit. I want to encourage parents to buy this, too. It's definitely a toy that you'll enjoy along with your kids. I would say age minimum is a mature 8. The 10-year old could put it together, but he had a hard time with problem-solving skills. If a piece was missing (and a few were), he stopped working instead of looking for a similar piece in one of the other bags. Parental supervision is definitely required. This toy will stop being fun if you lose too many pieces...
Safety warning: This product contains small parts that may present a choking hazard for young children.