Lego Mindstorm - where to start

Hi
I'm looking to buy a Lego Midstorm set for my 12 yr old son for his birthday. He has his own PC but no other lego kit. I'd welcome
recommendations about what to start him off with.
Regards Roger
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If you're wondering if he'll like it, you can always start him out with some of the new "Inventor" sets.
They aren't very expensive and would help to familiarize him with the Lego building systems.
Lego even has a section on their site that allows people to earn "merit badges" for learning about different aspects of the building process. If you haven't been building with Lego for long, it can point out some helpful tips and tricks about building things with Lego.
Of course, the Lego Mindstorm kit itself is quite sufficient. It has a lot of Lego pieces and excellent instructions and walk-troughs for building most models.
He might also find the pieces from some of the "Technic" sets to be helpful for his own constructions in time.

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Hi,
If you can afford it go for the full Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System, I believe is now in version 2.0. The simpler sets can get boring quite quickly. The extra sophistication of RIS is a great help to longevity.
A new RIS owner should get some large compartmentalised plastic boxes to store the host of annoying little bits. The shipping container doesn't have nearly enough compartments to store some 300 different items.
Remember both AA (x6) and PP3 batteries (x1) Battery life is pretty good.
Modern sets use a USB connection to talk between the RIS and the PC.
You can very quickly start to want the ultimate accessories expansion, that's more money but includes that pesky rotation sensor.
The only real downer is the cost,
R. Michael
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Where does one get this kit ? I searched for it on the internet but never found any shop which has it. Is it a discontinued product ?
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Try the online Lego shop: (may not be available in US) http://tinyurl.com/muty
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You are right ... it is not available in the U.S ;-(
Wonder why ?
Anyway, thanks for the link.
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He will miss a lot of the educational porential if you and he concentrate on the Minstorm brick and overlook the huge value of the interlocking blocks, gears, shafts or axles, etc. Check the book "Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms" by Ferrari, Ferrari, and Hempel, published by Syngress. There are some curricular programs for use in schools with lesson plans available online. Our local middle school participates in F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League. The kids have amzed us by their ingenuity and problem solving skills. One of my sons is the manager of a software engineering group at a major software firm. His group is made up of individuals (male and female) from around the world. The single thing they all have in common is that they all "played" with LEGOs as kids and most of them still do. I think that in the long run, your investment in the LEGOs and Mindstorm kit will be a good investment in his future. http://mindstorms.lego.com/eng/default.asp http://www.firstlegoleague.org / http://www.lugnet.com/ (LEGO Users' Group) and there are many personal websites that are dedicated to LEGOs
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