General Purchasing FAQ/Support
Here you can find general purchasing questions. Click on the questions or topics to get more information.
What’s the difference between the NXT, NXT 2.0, 9797 Education, and the 9648 Resource kits?
The link below compares the inventories of the old retail NXT set, the 2.0 retail set, the 9797 Education set, and the 9648 Education Resource set.
Some noteworthy differences:
• Education includes the rechargeable battery
• Education and the OLD retail set include balloon tires; retail 2.0 does not
• Retail 2.0 contains treads and flat tires, education and old retail don’t
• Only education has the pulley tires
• Education and old retail include light sensors; retail 2.0 includes a color sensor instead
• Education and old retail include a sound sensor; retail 2.0 does not
• Only education includes a minifig
What’s the difference between the student version and classroom version of Robotics Engineering: Vol. 1?
The content of the home school version and the classroom version are both the same. The home school version restricts the number of times that you can install it. Since the content is exactly the same there’s no extras involved.
You can purchase the Home School version by going here: Robomatter store – R.E.Vol1: Home School
You can purchase the Classroom version by going here: Robomatter store – R.E.Vol1: Classroom
What’s the difference between version 1.0 and 2.0 of Teaching ROBOTC for MINDSTORMS?
Here is a list of the differences between the two:
1. Restructured lessons for easier understanding
2. Assessment rubrics
3. Safety information
4. Project management documents and videos
a. Additional materials such as an Engineering Journal
5. Lesson on programming Target Distances
6. Debugging lessons
7. Remote Control lessons
Is Windows 7 support with your curriculum software?
We have tested the installation for our curriculum products and found that they all install without any issue. Please let us know if you do have any issues with it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s the difference between the Crystals and VEXnet upgrade?
“Crystals” are what the original VEX robots use in order to communicate with the Transmitter. It is a 75MHz Radio Frequency crystal.
VEXnet is an 802.11 WiFi replacement for the crystal-based communication system between the VEX Microcontroller and Radio Control Transmitter. The VEXnet Upgrade enables users to convert existing Microcontrollers and Transmitters to the VEXnet communication system.
What should I buy?
I want to teach STEM in my classroom, what should I buy?
Several of our curriculum products incorporate some section of STEM into its scope and sequence. However, there are products that are more STEM focused than others. For example, Robotics Engineering Vol. I uses LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots to learn how to program basic robot behaviors.
Robotics Engineering Vol. II takes a more project-based approach.
I want to teach SCIENCE in my classroom, what should I buy?
If you want a Science-based curriculum using the NXT, we have the Robot Science curriculum which uses the NXT 2.0’s data-logging capabilities.
I want to teach PROGRAMMING in my classroom, what should I buy?
We have a three products that are very Programming-focused. The Introduction to Programming LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, NXT Video Trainer 2.0, Teaching ROBOTC for Mindstorms, and the CORTEX Video Trainer.
I run camps and I want a theme, what should I buy?
Our latest is the Deep Space Terraformers Camp-on-a-disk.