In this chapter we outlined the process for installing and setting up the Virtual Robotics Toolkit on to a computer. While the software usually installs without issue, in school computer labs, it is occasionally the case that an exception must be made to a network firewall to allow the Activation Manager to reach the Cogmation licensing server.

The URL to include on your exceptions list is:

Like most applications, the Toolkit runs best on a new computer with lots of memory and a multi core processor, and even better when that computer has a dedicated graphics card.

Installing the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 programming environment will allow you to write autonomous code for your virtual creation. 

Installing LEGO Digital Designer along with the LDraw library will allow you to create 3D models of your own that can be easily imported into the simulator.

With the fun stuff out of the way, we're ready to get started.