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Announcing the Virtual NXT!

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Virtual-NXT-with-MenuWe are thrilled to announce a brand new tool for education, the Virtual NXT.

The Virtual NXT allows you to program virtual robots in the Robot Virtual Worlds using the same programming languages as physical NXT robots. This is an incredible tool for giving students additional practice programming and can even help students increase their understanding of scale and rate, two BIG IDEAS in mathematics.

The Virtual NXT will be completely free until April 1, 2014 for user testing. We’ve tested it extensively but would love to hear your feedback and experiences with the software. Please post your comments here. Beta Testers will receive a 50% discount code good until April 1, 2013! Check the forums for discount code.

The Virtual NXT works with the following NXT compatible software: NXT-G, the EV3 programming environment, and LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS. The Virtual NXT looks and acts like another NXT to these programs; when you download a program to the Virtual NXT, that program is run by a robot in the Robot Virtual Worlds.

Check out this video to see the how the Virtual NXT allows you to program the virtual NXT REMBOT using NXT-G:

You’re not limited to the simulation based worlds. Here’s another video, but this time LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS is controlling the fantasy robot, Mammalbot, in an outerspace mining colony!

More information, including the actual software download, a Teacher’s Getting Started Guide, and a Getting Started Presentation are all available at RobotVirtualWorlds.com/virtualnxt. Download the software and try it out today!

The Virtual NXT is designed to help teach mathematics, computational thinking practices, and programming. It is not designed to replace the NXT and cannot teach the iterative design and hands-on engineering that real hardware teaches. The Virtual NXT is not a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® product. LEGO Education and the LEGO Group do not sponsor, endorse, or support this product.

Written by Jesse Flot

January 21st, 2014 at 2:12 pm