My family has been playing around with the newest version of the LEGO© MINDSTORMS© robot kit, called EV3.
That is it. Just wow. Well worth the cost. (As a disclaimer, I am a LEGO Education blogger and did receive it for free, but honestly, we are such huge LEGO fans and fans of robots that we would have bought it anyway.)
As one homeschool parent to another, the robotics field is already huge and is just going to keep growing. Introducing your child to robotics at an early age has tremendous benefits in and of themselves, but imagine how much of a benefit such an early start will be for them if they decide to go into the field of robotic engineering as a career.
Yes, it is an expensive kit, but well worth it when you consider that you can turn this into an entire middle school, junior high or high school homeschool course. LEGO Education even has the curriculum already written for you.
The directions and software are so easy to follow that I think even upper elementary students would love these robots.
Let me just show you some of the things it can do…
This is the color sensing robot in action. You can program it to take certain actions when it senses a particular color in front of it.
This is the color sorter robot in action. Once you scan a color with the color sensor, the intelligent brick remembers the order of the colors and can sort them into containers.
This is the robot arm in action. You can program it to rotate, pick up and drop small objects. The horsies got stuck in the rocks and needed help getting back to their grassy field. My son used the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Commander app to control the movements of the arm via the iPad.
Please note that this post is about the LEGO Education version of EV3, which is different from the retail version sold in stores. The Education version has more motors, sensors, pieces, and a more advanced software that is geared both to education and fun. Read more about the LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3.
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