WaterBotics Equipment

Programming vs Non-Programming Track

There are two ways to implement the WaterBotics project—a programming track and a non-programming track. The programming track makes use of the MINDSTORMS® NXT module, sensors, and software, while the non-programming track relies instead on the Power Functions Infrared (IR) remote controllers. The choice of which track to take will have a significant impact on the equipment needed as well as the cost.

The materials that are needed for both the programming and non-programming tracks are shown below. Each item is linked to a possible source to help you obtain individual parts.

For your convenience, we have secured agreements with LEGO® Education and Pitsco Education to offer the LEGO® and other supporting materials as pre-packaged kits. At this time, the LEGO® kit only includes LEGO® components suitable for the non-programming track of WaterBotics. The Pitsco kit includes all of the non-LEGO equipment needed for WaterBotics. If you do not have any WaterBotics equipment, you will need to purchase both kits. Each kit provides enough materials to build 5 robots, which should work well for a class of 20 students, assuming 5 teams of 4 students each.

Important: As of January, 2016, LEGO® Education no longer sells the MINDSTORMS NXT component. NXT components may be available through other re-sellers such as on Amazon but purchase cannot be guaranteed. For those who already have NXT equipment, the additional equipment needed for WaterBotics is listed below. Note that the Non-programming Track of WaterBotics is not at all affected by the discontinuation of the NXT.  For the other supporting materials, Pitsco offers two different pre-packaged kits that can be used for both the programming and non-programming tracks.

The NXT has been replaced by LEGO's EV3 component. The EV3 version of the WaterBotics curriculum is anticipated to be released by Stevens in the Spring, 2017 and updated equipment lists will be available at that time. 

In addition to obtaining the necessary equipment, the WaterBotics curriculum must also be purchased. Please see Purchase a License for more information.

Please contact us if you have any questions about these materials.

 

Programming Track

Non-Programming Track

Equipment Common to Both Tracks
LEGO® Materials
Other Supporting Materials
LEGO® Materials
Other Supporting Materials
Additional Necessary Equipment
NXT Base sets, software, and sensors
  • 5 MINDSTORMS® Educational Base Sets (Item 5003402 - No longer sold by LEGO)
  • 1 MINDSTORMS® Education NXT Software 2.1 and Site License (Item 5003413 - No longer sold by LEGO)
  • HiTechnic IRLink Sensors (Included with Kit 2 below, Other Supporting Material, from Pitsco or may be ordered directly from HiTechnic.)
  • NXT Connector Cables, 3-meter
 Remote Controllers
Pre-packaged Kit Ordering Information

Individual items necessary to implement WaterBotics may be purchased separately through the suggested links above. Alternatively, you may purchase all of the necessary items through two separate "kit" purchases described below. Kit 1 includes only LEGO materials. Kit 2 includes all of the other necessary non-LEGO materials.

Kit 1: LEGO® Materials

Option 1: Full kit with all required LEGO components and NXTs.  NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Option 2: LEGO kit with all required LEGO components except the NXT base sets and software (for those users who already have them.) To order a kit, contact your local sales representative. Use quote number QUO-08945-H0P7P6/2. The kit price is $1,016.06 including shipping. Any applicable state sales tax will be added at the time of purchase.

Kit 2: Other Supporting Materials

For the non-LEGO supporting materials, Pitsco Education offers a pre-packaged kit for $950 plus shipping.  To order this kit, call 1-800-835-0686 and use item number 41610. This kit includes the 5 HiTechnic IRLink sensors and the 5 NXT 3-meter Connector Cables.

 

Individual items necessary to implement WaterBotics may be purchased separately through the suggested links above. Alternatively, you may purchase all of the necessary items through two separate "kit" purchases described below. Kit 1 includes only LEGO materials. Kit 2 includes all of the other necessary non-LEGO materials.

Kit 1: LEGO® Materials

LEGO kit with all required LEGO components for the non-programming track including the Power Functions IR Remote Controllers. Does not include the NXT base sets and software. To order a kit, contact your local sales representativeUse quote number QUO-08945-H0P7P6/2. The kit price is $1,016.06 including shipping. Any applicable state sales tax will be added at the time of purchase.

Kit 2: Other Supporting Materials

For the non-LEGO supporting materials, Pitsco Education offers a pre-packaged kit for $625 plus shipping.  To order this kit, call 1-800-835-0686 and use item number 40154.

Note: This kit includes NXT connector cables that are not needed for the non-programming track.