Online NXT Robotics courses offered
The Robotics Academy, at Carnegie Mellon University, is offering online MINDSTORMS training courses. They are offering three different courses:
- For the NXT using NXT-G
- For the RCX using ROBOLAB
- For the RCX or NXT using ROBOTC
There is no charge for the courses, but there are other required materials that may cost. For example, the NXT-G course requires the following:
- Robotics Engineering Vol. 1: Introduction to Mobile Robotics CD
- LEGO Base Set 9797
- LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT Software
- Internet connection
- Whiteboard or table, electrical tape
- Microsoft Office Suite
The Robotics Engineering Vol. 1 CD is courseware that costs $225 for a site license. The ROBOLAB and ROBOTC course materials all seem to be available for free download without have to purchase the courseware, though they do recommend the $50 ROBOLAB Video Trainer software for people who lack high-speed downloads.
Is there a special link for free versions?
Some course materials are free. The software itself is not.
But in my opinion RobotC is worth the money.:)
Especially 1.10 that will be released soon.
I suppose one could argue that the course isn't free if you have to purchase $225 courseware, but this product has been available for a few months without the "course".