Today the LEGO Group announced the launch of a new generation of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® platform, called LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. The LEGO Group hereby continues fifteen years of successful cutting-edge educational robotics technology products.
The new platform comes in two versions – LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 for cool play at home and LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 for teaching in the classroom and after schools. The latter, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, was created based on feedback and input from more than 800 educators worldwide making it highly suitable for teaching computer science, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 solution will offer new and improved hardware and software:
- A gyro sensor in addition to color/light sensor, ultrasonic and touch sensors
- A ball wheel for ultimate precision
- Two different motor sizes
- Extended on-brick programming
- Step-by-step tutorials making it possible for students to build and program a fully functional robot within 45 minutes
- Software that allows the teacher to customize and differentiate content
- A digital workbook making it possible to capture and assess student work.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 is backwards compatible with the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT platform. This enables the NXT programmable brick, sensors, and motors to be used with the EV3 software, though not all new EV3 features are available. The EV3 software is available for purchase separately.
The EV3 as well as the NXT (and former RCX) platforms will be allowed in FLL tournaments. Veteran teams may want to know that LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT products will be available until mid 2015.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 will be available to FLL teams in the fall term of 2013. A shipping date will be revealed in Spring 2013. USA/CAN teams may place pre-orders when team registration opens in May. Teams outside North America should check with their local dealers whether they will take pre-orders.
For information on LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 and information on dealers in your country, visit www.LEGOeducation.com/MINDSTORMS
For information about the retail version of EV3, please visit www.MINDSTORMS.com
You may look forward to meeting the new robot in town!
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