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CityCAMP Mindstorms NXT

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Like its WeDo counterpart, the CityCAMP NXT lesson plan is designed around robots and modern urban technology. Building and programming 12 models will inspire young engineers to dream up ideas that could improve life in a modern city.


  • Full access to 12 comprehensive robotics lessons designed to inspire and teach. Materials for each lesson include:
    • extensive introduction to the lesson illustrated with graphics and animation,
    • detailed building instructions for building the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot,
    • step-by-step programming guide,
  • printable lesson plan for the teacher – a great source for ideas and assistance,
  • access to RoboCAMP’s teacher’s handbooks.


  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT #8547 or NXT Education #9797 set
  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT Software
  • an Internet connection


If you are looking for RoboCAMP curriculum in your language, please check the versions issued by our distributors.

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Vending machine

This robot model resembles a vending machine commonly encountered in shopping malls or bus stops. Just like its real-life counterpart, this robot will dispense an item selected from the menu on the screen and deliver it using a simple conveyor. Our vending machine is a great opportunity to learn about the work of these interesting and helpful machines.


The motorcycle model consists of two modules connected in a very inticate way. The smaller part, the motorcycle itself, follows a cirlce-shaped path and is driven by a motor, that is placed steadily with the NXT brick, in the distance. The design of a driveshaft with bevel gear trains allows transmitting the power to the moving model. The ultrasonic sensor can automatically count the laps made by the motorcycle by detecting movement taking place in front of it. During the lesson we talk about the design of motorcycles and how it’s been changing through the times.

Solar Plant

This robot is a model of a solar power station showing how solar energy is changed into electric current. Thanks to the colour sensor, the robot seeks the source of the strongest light and directs rotating panels towards it for the best result. To make all the panels move at the same rate and time a series of clever gear trains was put to use. The ratio of those meshed gears is the key to write a properly working program. Building and programming an automated solar power plant is an excelent moment to talk about alternative ways of generating electicity and strategies of preserving it.


The helicopter model, exactly like its real life equivalent, uses intricately designed gear configuration to power both the main and the tail rotor. The cooperation between those two rotors is essential to precisely control this light aircraft. The machine is equipped with a distance sensor, whose readout determines the motor’s power and thus the velocity of rotation of the rotors. The lesson is a great time to discuss advantages and disadvantages of using helicopters.

Scissor Lift

This robotic model consists of the platform, the height adjusting module on which it is placed. The platform is being lifted by a motor with several beams connected in X-shape. When the motor starts to work, beams start to fold like a pair of scissors. This construcion can be a great opportunity to talk about simple machines and how their interface can be programmed so that using them is both easy and efficient.


The harbour crane model, like its real-life counterpart, can carry the cargo both vertically and horizontally. Its base uses a turntable, the element which allows the robot to revolve around its axis. The crane is controlled by means of a handy joystick, made up of a servo motor and a touch sensor. By pushing the joystick we change the speed and direction of the crane’s rotation, while the button on its end lets us pick up the cargo. Building the crane gives an opportunity to talk about various types of industrial constructions, used to move and carry massive loads.


This is a model of a forklift truck as used in many warehouses to lift heavy loads. It needs three motors, a touch sensor and a distance sensor. Two motors are used to drive the construction whereas the third one enables the fork lift truck to lift materials. The distance sensor gives information to the robot about where to stop to load its cargo, and the touch sensor initiates the program. The lesson is also a chance to discuss with the children short-range transport and the range of specialty forklift trucks and stackers used for it.


Bulldozer is a simple, moving robot, that works similarly to machines commonly seen on a construction yard. Robot stays within a black circle, marked on a special board – it is tasked with pushing all nearby objects out of the circle. Long blade on its front allows it to push substantial quantities of items and color sensor stops it from ever moving out of the black circle. Construction serves as a great example of how a properly written algorithm can improve robots performance. We also discuss different machines used during ground work.


The airplane model is a kind of a flight simulator. It consists of a little airplane model and a platform in the center, that the airplane revolves around. The operator is able to adjust the height of the aircraft – depending on the version of the model it is done either by the infrared remote (EV3) or buttons on the EV3 brick (EV3 Edu). Both models have interesting mechanical solutions that are worth a note during the class. The model is also a good opportunity to talk about the laws of physics that make flying possible. Building instruction for EV3 set has also obstacles, that can be used to do perform a small Air Show.


This remotely controled car allows children to feel like F1 drivers. With proper gearing, wheels of the racer moves faster then the motor powering it. The remote control unit is comprised of a second NXT brick for forward and backward movement and of a servomechanism used for steering. Racer can be equiped with various differentials and it is a great tool to teach children about gear ratio and how the car engine operates. Students also have the opportunity to learn about various details of car (especially race car) construction.

Wind turbine

This construction is made up of a tower on top of which there is a rotor and a regulating device in the cap. The rotation sensor in the cap is able to control the power and the direction of the sails rotation. This construction is an excellent opportunity to talk about the history of windmills, their advantages and disadvantages.

Dump truck

Dump truck is a vehicle commonly encountered on construction yards. It is tasked with transporting different cargo on top of its trailer and dumping it upon arrival to designated location. This dump track is 4-wheeled and is remotely controlled with another NXT brick. Lifting and lowering of the cargo is controlled with a touch sensor. This construction is a great opportunity to talk about different types and applications of trucks and heavy vehicles.


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