It has been several years since I bought a kit. Some teams like lots of variety of parts and some teams don't seem to need them. My team's have always enjoyed having a variety of parts available (because I'm a parts geek) but they are pretty sophisticated builders. I have seen amazing robotics with minimal parts.
Part kits can be had here http://www.legoeducation.us/eng/search/technics and here http://www.legoeducation.us/eng/product/technology_resource_set/340
Note some of the parts shown ARE NOT LEGAL lego parts
And then individual parts or selections can be purchased from http://www.bricklink.com/
At brickline you are buying from individual sellers like ebay. So read reviews and ask questions about how fast you can get parts. It is best to pick a lego technics parts supplier and then scan their available parts. I have found that easier than trying to find the parts in the search.
For example here is a couple seller and parts that I have used
Whether you need more parts is a very team specific question.
The Rainbow Cows
I had another rookie team question. We bought the NXT kit from Amazon this summer.What is difference between this Kit and NXT kit supplied by FLL. Do we need to buy more parts ?On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 7:05 AM, Rajesh Shah <[log in to unmask]> wrote:We are not competing in this years competition. As you said, we are mostly getting ready for next year.Yes,we do plan to visit this years event.Appreciate your inputs.RajeshOn Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM, B Bergenstock <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Do you mean that you just started your team and are registered for a local tournament? Because competition is just 2 to 3 weeks away, and that's a pretty tall order. But good luck to you and your team.
If it were me and I had just started, I would not enter into this year's competition, but hold an after school program starting in January every other week, teaching them programming and then enter next fall's tournament. Definitely go to this year's event, even as a spectator, because being at the competition teaches you a lot.
As for books to teach lego to your team,. I highly recommend Educate NXT
It's the best value for your money and time. Carnegie Mellon also has an excellent series called Robotic Engineering. They started a free online class equivalent but I can't seem to find that link right now; Maybe someone else has that link.
.On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 9:48 PM, Rajesh Shah <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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are all new to LEGO Mindstroms NXT Constructions and Programming.
I was a thinking a good book will be a nice way to get a jump start for our team.
I see a bunch of books available in Amazon. Any suggestion ?
Thanks for your help.
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