Unleash the creativity of Lego Mindstorms!
Figure 1. Lego Mindstorms. (Lego, n.d.).
The Vera Bracken Library is home to a collection of 10 LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Core sets available for use. The library at Brooks campus also has 1 kit available for borrowing. These kits are available for sign out individually or as a set of 10.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits contain a programmable P-brick, sensors, and LEGO pieces, these kits support the development of new skills and facilitate active learning through the creation of robotics, engineering and learning to code.
They support coursework in education, engineering, visual communications, and many others. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits also provide opportunities for group learning and team-building exercises for both students and staff.
Not sure what Lego Mindstorms are? Check here for more information.
Want to know what types of things you can build? Check out the different types of builds here.
If you’re not sure what to build there is step-by-step guides available online which one can follow. There is also tutorials available online showing you how to use the programming language. To program your robot there is a few different options. There is a mobile version, which doesn’t have all the features of the full version but has all the basic functions. There is the full version which is available for PC and Mac and then there is also some developer programs. These programs are more advanced and let you use other programming languages such as python and C++.
Lego Mindstorms are great for any level of learning and how complicated you wish to go is completely up to you.
The library recently used them as a team building activity for college day. To save on time the robots were partially built but participants were responsible for finishing building them as well as programming them to run an obstacle course. In total the activity ran just over an hour and everyone spoke highly of it.
The best part of this type of activity is that it can always be improved upon. For example, if we did team building another day we would have been able to pull out the robots again and have everyone improve their programs. It’s an incredibly fun way to learn.
Building the robots.
Learning to program.
Everyone hard at work.
The library lineup.
If you would like more information on Lego Mindstorms please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lego. (n.d.). Lego mindstorms [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://www.lego.com/en-us/themes/mindstorms/downloads