Information found on this page will help prepare students to participate in the FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition.


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Use these links to order Lego NXT Kits and the software to program the robots.

Required: Lego NXT Base Set Lego NXT Software 2.1

Supplemental: Educational Resource Set






NXT Tutorial

This tutorial is divided into two sections selected on the left. The “Essentials” are things every NXT programmer should know. Some of these movies have exercises directly under them. It’s important to do these exercises, not just assume you “get it.” The biggest reason why people have problems using the NXT-G language is not applying through hands-on programming what they have just learned.

How Gear Ratios Work

LDraw Getting Started

LDraw is a popular system of free software tools for modeling Lego creations in 3D on a computer. The LDraw file format and original program were written by James Jessiman. He also modeled many of the original parts in the parts library that is central to the programs and is under continuous maintenance and extension by the LDraw community."

Lego Digital Designer Virtual Building Software


GEAR-Tech-21GEAR-Tech-21 teaches robotics, GPS, and GIS technologies through building and programming a robot, navigation, and mapmaking activities.

UNL 4-H: Gear Tech 21



Carnegie Mellon Lego Robots and Resources
The LEGO Group provides educational solutions that allow children to learn as they play. LEGO MINDSTORMS is used by thousands of teachers to teach millions of students 21st century skills. The Carnegie Mellon / LEGO Education partnership is dedicated to using robotics as the motivator to 'simply teach the complex'.