National Instruments and the LEGO Group, in conjunction with Tufts University, began collaborating in 1998 when the two companies developed RoboLab, the programming software used in the LEGO MINDSTORMS for Schools product. RoboLab software, which is based on National Instruments LabVIEW, is available in 17 languages and has helped make LEGO MINDSTORMS for Schools the leading robotics learning and invention system for educators worldwide.
In early 2006, National Instruments and the LEGO Group announced their collaborative development of the software component to the next generation of the LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics system. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT includes an all-new programming environment, based on NI LabVIEW graphical development software, that is both PC- and Macintosh-compatible. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT is available starting in August 2006. More information is available.
Students, engineers, and scientists worldwide use NI LabVIEW for a wide variety of design, control, and test applications, including critical testing in designing airplanes, environmental monitoring to preserve priceless manuscripts, and automating processes to make ice cream. By incorporating their own creativity, design, logic, and problem-solving skills, LEGO MINDSTORMS students can explore endless engineering opportunities.
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Visit the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education Outreach web site to access K-12 LEGO MINDSTORMS curriculum and additional resources.