Lawrence Technological University
College of Arts and Science
Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
A shopping list for getting started with Lego Mindstorms Robots
A Robofest team usually has 2 robots. This is a list for a
high school that would like to start with 2 teams for the next
- Lego Mindstorms RIS 2.0 kit @ $200. 2 per team or total $800.
- Batteries 48 AA Alkaline @ $10. Total essential parts $810.
The rest is optional but recommended.
- ArtBin Storganizer @ $35. 1 per team or $70. A much more
compact and organized way to store what comes in each big
blue cardboard box.
- Dave Baum's Definitive Guide To LEGO MINDSTORMS, 2nd edition
and book Web site @ $30.
- Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms, by Mario
Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari, Ralph Hempel @ $30.
- Robolab Programming Software for Schools from the LEGO
educational division. An icon based language that will help
introduce programming concepts and will also introduce
the parent language LabView (an engineering industry standard).
1 site license per school, or perhaps a single copy
to be used on the teacher's demonstration platform @ $70.
- Mac 12" iBook @ $1000. 1 per team or total $2000. A school will
certainly have more than enough Windows machine to get started.
The better NQC and USB interfaces for the Mac, however, will
surely decrease teacher and student frustration levels.
In summary, for 2 teams of 4 students, $810 will get you started
using some existing resources at the school. $3000 will get a
completely self contained program started.
Revised July 20, 2005