I also teach LEGO Robotics and coach FIRST LEGO League. We use a
combination of tackle boxes that is very portable and works very well.
Having lots of storage compartments (over 100) and having the part pictures
in the compartments makes a difference. For photos of the system we use
(and have for sale), see:
I've found that parts do seem to go missing, but they are ususally just
misplaced. When sets are re-sorted, most of the parts show up.
I have experience getting spare Mindstorms parts. Contact me and let me
know what you need, and I can probably provide them or help you find a
I have bought used Mindstorms sets on eBay, at varying prices, ususally with
good results, but it has some risk and inconvenience. Right now
www.KBToys.com has RIS 2.0 on sale for $159.99.
FYI, another email list that discusses these topics is:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Al Margolis(TX)" <al@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2003 3:59 PM
Subject: [rsa] Mindstorms / Schools
> I'm going to be needing several LEGO Mindstorms sets as part of my
> 1. Are there any lower cost sources for these sets. I'm probably looking
> for 5 sets later this spring.
> 2. Are there any good storage systems for the sets. I'd like something
> with specific slots for the expensive (like RCX) and hard-to-replace parts
> (like wheels) so that it is really easy to tell if everything important
> been put back.
> 3. Kind of related to #2: Am I being paranoid? Have those of you
> in LEGO activities (FLL, etc.) had much of a problem with parts