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    #21742 - 07/30/08 06:26 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: incogneato]
    Dazed&Confuzed Offline
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    No. the retail version comes with the software. The education version does not come w/ the software b/c it assumes schools would be buying a site license.

    I can't recall about the storage bin...i got a tackle box which fits all the components nicely. In the top part, fits the balls, wheels, NXT brick, cables. Beneath that, are 4 of those tackle boxes where you put in the moveable dividers. All the rest of the parts are sorted by type in those bins.

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    #21744 - 07/30/08 06:32 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: Dazed&Confuzed]
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    Loc: up in my head.......
    Thanks Dazey! I'm pretty excited, that's a great price. The only problem is that Scholastic doesn't actually have them in stock yet!
    Oops!
    They said the are expecting 60 and that it shouldn't be a problem.

    Ahem......

    Oh well, the coupon expires tomorrow, so even if I have to wait a month, I will still get that price and I won't be billed til it ships.

    Thank you so much for posting that, I appreciate it.

    Now, there are so many other components I want to buy as well!

    I think I will buy one thing per month and dollar cost average the whole project!
    grin

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    #21745 - 07/30/08 06:35 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: Dazed&Confuzed]
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    wowza!

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    #21748 - 07/30/08 06:45 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: Barbara]
    Dazed&Confuzed Offline
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    Ok, just you so you hate me even more, the LEGO Education Resource kit can't be beat as an add on to the NXT retail kit. The bicycle tires which come with it are too cool. You're half way to Christmas. Then there'll probably be a sale on the rechargeable battery packs for the NXT.

    http://www.legoeducation.com/store/detail.aspx?ID=1277

    When I bought this kit it was $59 but w/ the sinking dollar, all the LEGO kits are rising in price. This kit will also fit into the tackle box I bought.

    OH I see the storage bin that comes w/ the education set. No, the retail kit comes in a rinky dinky box which most tear apart trying to get the parts out of it.

    If you can, be very careful and you can remove the box which holds the sensors. That box is glued to the bigger box. If you remove that little box intact, it's perfect for sitting in the top of a tackle box and prevents the sensors from knocking around when not in use.

    Also, if you receive some package which has foam rectangles for filler, I cut a square out of that which snuggly fits the NXT brick and such so they don't bang around the top of the tackle box. It was 1inch thick foam that was 2ftx1ft which came in a package.

    This guys sells storage cases that me makes and puts those little pictures of the parts inside. http://www.roboticslearning.com/store/storage-nxt-fll It's pricey though. I liked that storage bin but couldn't find it in any stores and the shipping was astronomical. I just went to a hunting,fishing store and bought one.

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    #21753 - 07/30/08 07:25 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: Dazed&Confuzed]
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    Dazey - your pushing me to the edge! We have an NXT (my husband is not the best at sharing it either. ). The extra stuff would be awesome! This would be great for DS to give to DH for x-mas right? (justifying ... justifying ...)

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    #21755 - 07/30/08 07:33 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: kimck]
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    I have the compass sensor as well which is fun to play with. Since we're a big soccer family, I'd like to get the infrared sensor and IR ball since we have two NXTs, we can have family Robocup Soccer matches!

    I have the old LEGO Ed thermometer for the NXT but heard that LEGO ed has made a new one which hooks directly to NXT and will be more metal to withstand chemicals and higher/lowertemps - gosh darn it.

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    #21756 - 07/30/08 08:06 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: Dazed&Confuzed]
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    Loc: up in my head.......
    Dazey,

    I don't think you realize this, but you have just become my NXT advisor!
    grin

    Aha, DH's birthday is coming up. The girls can give it to HIM for his birthday to work with them on! wink

    Kim, you brilliant thing! shocked

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    #21778 - 07/31/08 04:34 AM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: incogneato]
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    Perfect plan!!!!!!!!!!!

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    #21949 - 07/31/08 06:12 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: Dazed&Confuzed]
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    Someone posted at the NXTSTep blog that LEGO shop at home is now bundling the rechargeable battery pack and charger for $55! I think I got mine on sale and it was $70!

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    #21952 - 07/31/08 06:30 PM Re: Lego Mindstorms/ FLL/ Lego Engineering [Re: Dazed&Confuzed]
    incogneato Offline
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    Loc: up in my head.......
    I hope that's a new price, not a sale price! I'm not buying anything else for awhile, although I do know we should purchase it.

    I told DD8 I ordered it for Dad's birthday from her and her sister and she was super excited. She also loves being in on the scam , I mean secret.

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