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What is Robot Educator?
Robot Educator is the name of both the basic robot and the tutorials found in the EV3 Software. The Robot Educator is a very simple, quick-to-build robot that students will have in their hands ready to learn the basics of robotics. It is the robot that introduces the student to the world of robotics. The Robot Educator learning tool is designed to take you and your students through the essentials of programming, Datalogging, and hardware. It does so in a structured and engaging way, ensuring that everyone is constructing, programming, and experimenting within a minimum of time. 
Are the Robot Educator activities EV3 Software-specific?
Yes.
Is there any added audio/text support with Robot Educator?
Robot Educator has text, animations, interactive animations that help explain programming, teacher notes, and sample programs/experiments.
Can I use the new Robot Educator learning tool for NXT?
No. The Robot Educator is optimized for LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Hardware and Software.
Is LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 backward-compatible to NXT Hardware?
Yes. You can program your NXT Brick using the new LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Software. However, not all software features are supported by the NXT Brick. 
What is the Content Editor in the EV3 Software? How does it help educators?
The Content Editor enables educators to edit, adapt, and customize activities — or create their own from scratch. Teachers can use the Content Editor to customize lessons directly for their students’ needs or customize to the different grade levels. 
 
The Content Editor provides a digital workbook for students where they can capture their work by inserting text, images, videos, and sound, creating their own digital workbook. 
 
The workbook can easily be used for sharing and communication of end results, and, among other things, make assessment easier. 
Will content editor support .MOV and .AVI files?
 The Content Editor will support the following file formats, which does not include .AVI: 
 
- Picture: JPG, PNG 
- Video: MP4, ASF, WMV, MOV 
- Sound: MP3, WMA 
Can the content in the Content Editor be printed?
Yes. This is a planned functionality in the first upgrade patch 1.1, which will be available early 2014. 
Can you type in Chinese in the Content Editor?
Yes.
In the Content Editor, can you include movies? And also share files?
Video files can be integrated in the Content Editor. There is no direct sharing functionality other than sharing the project file via email, etc. 
Is there a mechanism for resizing pictures?
No. 
What LEGO sensors are available for LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3?
The following sensors are included in the Core Set: 
Two Touch Sensors, One Color Sensor, One Ultrasonic Sensor, and One Gyro Sensor. 
 
There are also the following sensors available: 
IR Seeker, IR Beacon, Temperature Sensor, and Renewable Energy Set as well as third-party sensors, like HiTechnic, Vernier, and DCP. 
Why is there no longer a Sound Sensor?
Input from teachers using the NXT platform indicated that the sound sensor was problematic in noisy classrooms and not as relevant for STEM teaching as other sensors. Instead, we have included the new Gyro Sensor which was developed for classroom use and competition. 
Will LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Sensors work with the NXT Brick?
No. The LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Sensors will not work with the NXT Brick. 
Will a new cable connection be required?
No. LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 uses the same RJ12 connector cables as the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Brick. 
How do the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Sensors compare with the NXT Sensors?
The LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Sensors are completely new sensors optimized for education use, providing a better build interface, higher performance, and more accuracy than NXT Sensors. 
 
For detailed information on the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Sensors, see the Product Sheets. 
Can LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Sensors be used together with NXT Sensors?
Yes. LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Brick uses the same RJ12 connector cables as the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Brick.  
Can NXT Sensors be used with the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Brick?
Yes. LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 uses the same LEGO Technic elements and RJ12 connector cables.
Can you use WeDo Sensors with the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Brick?
No. The connectors do not match.  
Which motors are included in the Core Set?
Two Large Motors 
One Medium Motor 


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Will all types of Bluetooth senders/receivers (both in-build and external dongles) be usable for communicating with the NXT brick?
No, unfortunately there is not just one, but many different Bluetooth software standards. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT software will support the most commonly used standards, but not all. Supported Bluetooth software are Widcomm® Bluetooth for Windows newer than v. 1.4.2.10 SP5 and the Bluetooth stacks included in Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 and 10.4.
Will there be any additional hardware necessary to access the Bluetooth capabilities of the NXT brick from already Bluetooth capable computers?
No. Computers with in-build Bluetooth communication will be able take full advantage of the capabilities in the NXT brick without additional hardware being needed.
How can I get full benefit of Bluetooth in the NXT brick when my computer does not have Bluetooth capabilities?
You can give your computer Bluetooth capabilities by using a USB Bluetooth dongle. A Bluetooth dongle is a small device that is easily plugged into the computers USB port (similar to a USB memory stick). A compatible Bluetooth dongle will be available in the LEGO Education assortment.
Will any third party Bluetooth dongle be compatible with the NXT brick?
Most Bluetooth dongles will probably be compatible but LEGO Education cannot take responsibility of the functionality of any third party product. Hence, it is strongly recommended that the LEGO distributed Bluetooth dongle is always used.
PDA/mobile phones are listed as compatible Bluetooth devices does the LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT software run on these devices?
No. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT programming software is not meant to be operational on such devices. The level of communication/interaction between the NXT and a PDA/mobile phone is determined by the local software available on these devices.
What is done in order to help existing users to migrate to the LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT platform?
The LMfS platform will continuously be supported (until end of 2009) so that existing users have time to migrate. ROBOLABTM 2.9 allows users to use the NXT brick with ROBOLAB and thereby, offer step-by-step migration. A migration community web site provides help and support to existing MINDSTORMS users.
Is the LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education NXT software capable of communicating with the RCX brick?
No. But the LMfS legacy sensors and motors can be used together with the NXT brick via a converter cable (included in the 9797 LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education Base Set).
Can the NXT brick be controlled using ROBOLAB software?
Yes. Simultaneous with the launch of the NXT platform, LEGO Education is launching ROBOLAB 2.9. This software communicates with both the RCX and NXT brick.


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