LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 31313 DETAILS
The Ultimate LEGO® Kit
Ok lets get started because this product needs special attention. Chances are, if you are reading this, you don't need an education in the EV3. All you need to know is that we continue to have an awesome price, we continue to sell out (so get in while you can or place an order for the next batch) and this is an extremely highly recommended product. It gets an easy high 5 from Crayons. Not convinced? Its ok, please read on!
Firstly its LEGO® which basically means its guaranteed awesomeness, but to take that to another level its Technic, its Programmable, its Controllable by a phone or tablet, has over 580 pieces and most importantly is a freakin' ROBOT. Its says suitable for ages 10+ but heres the thing, try prying Dad away from this one...
This is the pinnacle of the entire LEGO® range. Not for its size (LEGO® fans would look towards the 6000 piece Taj Mahal or the awesome 5200 piece Millennium Falcon for this honour) but for its capability, and ability to grow with its owner, with endless possibilities only limited by ones imagination. You would be forgiven in assuming its capabilities are that of any other LEGO® Technic set, but its a terrible assumption. The MINDSTORMS® EV3 is the latest and 3rd generation of LEGO's programmable robot range (following on from the NXT and NXT 2.0). It was released in 2013, and quickly became the most sought after ultimate construction robot on the market. Put simply, here at Crayons, we struggle to keep it in stock.
The EV3 brings about many many improvements over the predecessor, the NXT. In the kit you get:
1 EV3 Programmable Brick - The heart of the EV3. This is an ARM9 based CPU running Linux, along with a USB and SD card slot and Bluetooth support!
3 Motors (2 Large, 1 Small)
1 Colour Sensor
1 Ultrasonic Sensor
1 Gyro Sensor
2 Touch Sensors
Misc Cables, USB Cable and Battery
~580 LEGO® Technic pieces
Build Instructions for 5 Robots (and an additional 12 online published by LEGO).
These are serious features for serious toys.
Once you familiarise yourself with the contents and build a few of the robots (if not all of them… several times in fact), you'll then be looking to grow your understanding and capabilities with the EV3. Its been said before, this is not a toy, its a platform. And this is where the real value in this kit lies. You can download LEGO's software development suite - LabView and start to program the EV3. Available on Mac and Windows from LEGO here. Its built with educating in mind and there are plenty of tutorials and material to help the young programmer step into the world of programmable robotics.
There is a huge community for the EV3 with forums and shared user content related to designs and ideas to build out of this kit. And again, you are buying a platform not just a toy. At Crayons, we'd love to say this about every product we stock, but we just can't.
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Summary
Finally, if we haven't given our double thumbs up for this, we have school holiday workshop days (always popular) and modules in our Kids Space club (after school hours) dedicated to learning and extending our understanding of the EV3. Crayons will be creating an EV3 programming team in 2015 to compete in upcoming competitions, but this just all comes back to the community and capability of this product.
Dear LEGO, we tip our hats to you, for the EV3 is a stunning introduction for kids and parents wishing to delve into the world of programmable robotics… which if we be honest, is everyone… right? Crayons high 5. Get in whilst its still in stock.
- Creative & Critical Thinking
- Fine Motor Skills
- Sensory Awareness
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So far so good ! My 13 year old son followed the instructions and had great fun putting it together. Next challenge is to program it !
Great product. Great service. Great price.