This year all FTC teams will get a free copy of LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS (LVLM) 2012, you can also download LVLM 2012 now. The resources below will help get you ready for competition and help you build programming skills you can use in college and on the job. For more information please refer to the FTC Software Setup guide. Teams will then need to download the MCT Toolkit to get all of the required software components for competition. If you have any question about this material comment below, if you have technical questions be sure to post on the FTC forums.
Training for LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS
Learn the skills needed to dominate
FTC LabVIEW Quick Start Guide - The best place to get started, a 1-2 hour introduction to LVLM specific to FTC.
Great for workshops or for learning on your own.
LabVIEW Programming Fundamentals - An interactive LabVIEW training program from CS2n.org.
Earn a LabVIEW programming badge if you complete the exam at the end. Great for students who want to self pace the training.
LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS Overview Video - Quick introduction to LVLM
What is LVLM and what tools and features does it have for working with NXT and TETRIX hardware.
Built In Training - Check out the training materials built right into Getting Started Window in LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS.
Videos Tutorials: Get oriented with all of the tools and components in LVLM.
Teach Me: Step by step tutorials for building and coding a robot.
Challenge Me: Open-ended challenges that will teach you concepts and test your skills.
FTC - Introduction to LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS: 1 hour training power point presentation
Advanced LabVIEW for FTC - 37 minute video training for advanced LabVIEW techniques.
Closed Loop Control
Advanced Tips & Tricks
Lessons: Step by step lessons for hardware constructions and programming motors and sensors.
Extensions: Learn how to build and program grippers, dispensers, arms and launchers.
Challenges: Open-ended competition challenges.
TETRIX Mastery- Advanced LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS programming guide for FTC teams.
Enable Training FTC Webinars - 1 hour, interactive, training sessions throughout the FTC season.
All the webinars have now been completed, but you can still watch them HERE.
1. Getting Started with LVLM and LEGO NXT
2. LVLM programming for aensors and motors
3. Samantha Module, FCS Software, FTC Functions
4. FTC Teleop/Autonomous Templates
5. Intermediate LabVIEW Skills
6. LabVIEW Advanced Architectures Part I
7. LabVIEW Advanced Architectures Part II
8. SubVIs and Autonomous Code
Training from the FIRST Community - Check out teams and mentors that are creating awesome LabVIEW training material.
LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS and FTC Video Tutorial - aarontoddkennedy
Rapid Prototyping - aarontoddkennedy
Advanced Loops: Program a Conveyor Belt with Nested Loops - aarontoddkennedy
Make an awesome LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS Tutorial? Let us know and we'll send you thank you gift.
LabVIEW 101: Video Training - Video Training designed for students (This training is not specific to LVLM or FTC)
LabVIEW Quick Reference Card - Print this out and keep it handy so you can learn your hotkeys and shortcuts.
If you have any comments or suggestions about LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS and FTC Specific tools, please comment on our feedback discussion.
If you have comments or suggestions for LabVIEW itself (Bloack Diagram / Front Panel ) Then post it on the NI Idea Exchange.
Is there a training topic you need more help on? What other material would you like to see on this site? Please submit requests in the comments below.
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Have questions or problems please post your issues to the FTC discussion Forums, where other teams and NI experts will help you find a solution.
Find other fun ways to use LabVIEW
LabVIEWHacker.com (Not for competition use)
Connect LabVIEW to your favorite comsumer electronic devices like Arduino, ChipKit, Xbox controller, Wimote, AR drone and much more.