Digital disaster:
I have had to, in recent times, tell everyone to stay away from updates due to one reason.  The reason, there are many who use that same computer for eSiS and other DOE web portals.  There have been upgrades to specific NXT software and drivers that may affect the system.  It's better to stay older than to update from my suggested unless you bought the new robotics system.

Dexters Industries:

New kinds of sensors that will take your robotics over the edge and into new realms.

Current news:
LEGO Education has version 2.1 of the NXT-G software.  Most schools have multiple sets so please purchase a site license version - $339.95.
This version is stable and works on OS X 10.7 and Windows 7 as far as system requirements read on their site.  This version is the total version.  If you are upgrading I was told that this version will upgrade the user to a higher version without problems.  Do not buy single license and try to install on multiple computers.

Happy New Year and new news!

January 04, 2012:

Mindstorms NXT-G and OS 10.7 (Lion) and Windows 7:
Reported earlier in 2011, there is no fix or update to run the NXT-G in the following operating systems; Windows 7 and Mac 10.7 (Lion).

You will not be able to install in those environments.  There have been reports of others being able to use a lower OS and then installing NXT-G 2.0 and 2.1 on their machines followed by an upgrade to Windows 7 or Mac 10.7 (Lion).  The results were hit and miss where some worked and others did not.

Please be aware of this issue.

Firmware 1.31 is now available on Troubleshooting page:

Yes, 1.31 has been out long enough and is now considered stable.  Use that with your NXT programming software version 2.0 or 2.1.  Don't forget about a great starter book just below.  Buy your copy today and read. 

Book:  NEW - Getting Started with LEGO Robotics

Although starting a robotics program may seem like a daunting task, Gura brings together the information you need and presents it in a manageable, organized way so that you learn what LEGO Robotics is, what student activities look like, how to begin, how to manage a class, how robotics relate to standards, and much more. Gura concludes with more than a dozen interviews with educators, trainers, and even a student, so you can receive first-hand advice and recommendations. After reading this book you will be on your way to introducing your students to LEGO Robotics activities and competitions!

Features: A comprehensive introduction to LEGO Robotics, from a description of the materials to advice on classroom setup and curricular integration; recommendations for implementing LEGO Robotics—as a FIRST LEGO League team, an extracurricular club, or a class; an appendix with more than 100 resources including links to materials, information on getting started, videos, and mor​uct.aspx?ID=1690

Please note that I do not earn anything from this book.  This is really a good book and does give you a step by step to help you build your program.

Welcome to the world of Robotics and Vernier!

This is the beginning of your journey with Robotics and Vernier sensors.  You are the special ones to bring real world science to your students.  The NXT robotics system is engaging as is, but, tied in with Vernier sensors will bring the students into the "Now".  Congratulations!

A little orientation.  On the left side you will find a side bar menu with links to the different pages on this site.  You will start from the top and make your way down.  If you have questions and/or answers you want to share to some question please do so on the Q&A link.  Please keep things positive and constructive.  The right frame of mind is important to our success.  This will translate down to the students.

You will have exclusive rights to this site (paid online book) and, when you out grow it you can move on to other sites that suit your needs.  I hope this makes your life a little easier.  If you have suggestions on how we can improve this site, please email author of this site.  This is your hands on guide to Robotics and Vernier sensors.

This website is my version of an online book.  Many of the things I developed that are offered on this site are "works in progress".  As things change so do my works.  If you find the changes to be frustrating, I deeply apologize.  Hopefully we can make it so that it is easy to learn.  There is so much information and it is difficult, sometimes, to condense it and still carry the true meaning.  Mean while, everything stated has to be made simple (easy to understand).  You can communicate through the Q&A or through email.

Thank you for accessing this site.

Background on Vernier:
"Vernier co-founder, David Vernier, had been a high school physics and physical sciences teacher for eight years when he began programming his first Precision Timer software application. David's creativity and his passion for science education, combined with his wife Christine's business acumen, were the driving forces behind the early years of Vernier Software & Technology. Since those days, Dave and Christine – and now nearly 100 employees at Vernier Software & Technology – have been creating world-class data-collection solutions for teachers. Today, we offer a full line of award-winning interfaces, sensors, software, and curriculum that help engage and excite students through hands-on scientific exploration."   (

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