Robots For Kids LEGO: More Than a Designer
Lego – the most famous designer in the world! Lego Mindstorms – the most famous platform for learning robotics!
In 1949, the famous Lego snap bricks appeared. The main ideas of Lego are modularity and compatibility. Although the bricks in 65 years of their existence changed the design and shape, they are absolutely compatible with each other today. Modern elements may well be added to the elements 40 years ago.
Today, the scope of activity of Lego is certainly much wider than the production of toys. The company creates robotic toys. From Lego, you can collect models of cars, airplanes, ships, buildings, and, of course, robots. Since the end of the last century, Lego has released a special robotic constructor, which today has become the leader in educational robotics.
Lego Mindstorms: Robotics For Everyone
The idea to add an electronic programmable unit, sensors and electric motors to Lego standard parts, to make programming easy and understandable for children and to develop a special designer to create robots revived Lego-designs. For the first time, the robotic designer Lego Mindstorms was introduced in 1998. In 2006, the second version of the constructor, NXT, was released, and in early 2013, EV3 (Evolution 3) appeared.
The heart of the designer is a microcomputer – a programmable brick. Standard Lego parts (beams, gears, axles, wheels) change little with the development of the designer, the microcomputer undergoes the greatest changes. The development of the designer in step with the times is first of all the development of the microcomputer and the programming environment. An important difference in the modern EV3 unit is that it runs on the free Linux operating system.
The designer of Lego Mindstorms is a set of standard Lego details, a microcomputer, and sensors. The constructor was developed for two target audiences: for home use (children and amateurs) and for use in educational institutions (pupils and teachers).
The composition of the boxed version of Lego Mindstorms EV3:
- 1 EV3 microcomputer;
- 2 large engines;
- 1 medium motor;
- 2 touch sensors;
- 1 color sensor;
- 1 IR sensor;
- 1 IR receiver;
- 594 building elements;
- Set of RJ12 cables.
LEGO Education WeDo 2.0: Robotics For The Little Ones
Robotic designer Lego Mindstorms is designed for children from 10 years old, although you can use it from an earlier age. For young children interested in robotics, Lego releases the WeDo kit. Today, this set is actively implemented in educational robotics for preschoolers and younger students.
Such a designer allows you to assemble and program with the help of the computer a lot of basic models according to the instructions, as well as to invent your own. Compatible with standard Lego bricks.
The composition of the set Lego Education WeDo:
- 158 building elements;
- USB Lego-switch;
- Tilt sensor;
- Distance sensor.
Through the switch, sensors and motors are controlled using WeDo software. Through the connectors of the switch, power is supplied to the motors and data is exchanged between the sensors and the computer.