While everyone is excited about the new NXT hardware and software, if you have a classroom (or school) full of RCXs
you may not be so excited. After investing money purchasing RCX hardware and the time neededto learn to build and
program, the idea of reinvesting in a new technology may be daunting. However, the new NXT hardware and software
have much to offer the classroom environment: faster download times, sturdier robots, and easier programming.
All these factors contribute to allowing more time for teaching and learning and needing less time for technical troubleshooting. LEGO
Education has worked in three major areas to help schools transition easily and smoothly:
- RCX until 2009 - Users will be able to buys
RCX kits as well as replacement parts through 2009. You can keep using
your RCXs for several more years as you figure out the best plan for
- ROBOLAB 2.9 - The latest version of ROBOLAB offers
upgraded RCX features as well as the ability to program the NXT at
all levels (Pilot, Inventor, Investigator). You can keep working in
a software environment that you are familiar with while you try out
the new NXT system and choose your own plan for migration.
- LEGOengineering.com - This new web site, developed
in partnership with the Tufts Center for Engineering Educational
Outreach (CEEO), will provide educators with resources to aid in migration including news,
activities, and a knowledgebase.
Until the NXT hardware and software make their
way into classrooms, it's impossible to know all possible migration
plans. Innovative educators around the world will come up with unqiue
and excellent ideas on how to migrate from the RCX to the NXT platform.
Check out 3 possible paths for migration below to start.