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Three Ways to Build

It is important to try to keep all students challenged while still providing help when necessary.  The building instructions for the Express-Bot project provide three ways to build, to challenge users with different experience levels individually:

  • Experienced Builders can challenge themselves to build the base robot and attachments using only the Completed Model pages, by "reverse engineering" the designs.

  • Users Familiar with the Parts will usually be able to be build the base robot and attachments by using the Building Hints in addition to the Completed Model pages.

  • Users new to the NXT kit and those needing additional help can use the Step-by-Step Instructions to build the Driving Base.

 

Start with the Express-Bot Driving Base

Completed Model Building Hints Completed Model + Hints Step-by-Step Instructions
PDF (2 pages) PDF (2 pages) PDF (4 pages)
 
PDF (6 pages)
PowerPoint (6 pages)
PowerPoint '97-2003 (6 pages)
Web Page (online)

 

Express-Bot Modules and Attachments

  Completed Model Building Hints
Robot Base (included in Driving Base) PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Balance Wheels (included in Driving Base) PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Touch Sensor PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Double Touch Sensor PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Ultrasonic Sensor PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Light Sensor, Downward PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Light Sensor, Horizontal PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Sound Sensor PDF (1 page) n/a
Pusher PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Lamp PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Vertical Motor PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Kicker PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Karate Arm and Chopping Block PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Forklift Arm PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Box Trap PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Horizontal Motor PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Long Arm PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Driver PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Forklift Objects PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Game Objects PDF (1 page) PDF (1 page)
Selected Attachment Combination Ideas PDF (1 page)

 

Customize your own Instruction Packets from the Complete Set

All Completed Models + Ideas (21 pages) All Building Hints (17 pages)
PDF (3.5 MB) PDF (2.2 MB)
PowerPoint (11.3 MB) PowerPoint (6.8 MB)
PowerPoint '97-2003 (11.6 MB) PowerPoint '97-2003 (7.0 MB)

 

The Express-Bot mechanical design and building instructions may be freely used and redistributed, as long as the attribution to www.nxtprograms.com is kept in place. 

Any user-designed or modified modules designed for use along with Express-Bot should specify "Designed for use with Express-Bot from www.nxtprograms.com" if the designs are redistributed publicly.

 


Express-Bot Programming

The Express-Bot project is designed for educators, coaches, and other users of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Base Set (9797) to use as a mechanical starting point for a variety of their own tasks, experiments, and programming lessons.

For completed programming examples, including uses of the different sensor types, ranging from beginner to advanced techniques, the CD LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 by Example contains an extensive set of programs for the Multi-Bot project (see program descriptions here), and many of these programs will work for the Express-Bot design and its attachments with minor or no modification, or provide the learning and understanding necessary to write your own programs for Express-Bot. The Multi-Bot mechanical design is designed for the NXT 2.0 retail (8547) set, but the programs are compatible with the LEGO Education NXT-G 2.0 or later software, and they provide a good starting point for educators using the Express-Bot design.

 

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