Lego Mindstorms EV3

Our pet Lego Mindstorm is possibly the most loved in our dojo and is a perfect project for all ninjas to get stuck into, regardless of age or coding ability.

Lego Mindstorm EV3 is a customisable robot that can be built from Lego and the EV3 “brain”. The brain is programmable using the Lego software which works similar to Scratch. There is no coding knowledge needed, just an understanding of the logic of how the robot should behave.

If you’d like to give coding your own robot a go, download the software here and simulate your project. Once you have perfected it, bring it to the session and we will download it on to our EV3 and see how it works. There are also some great tutorials on the Lego website. If you need some inspiration, check out some of the videos on YouTube to see what other amazing projects have been developed. (Please note though, for some of the more ambitious projects, more than one EV3 brain is needed, and unfortunately we only have one, so bear this in mind when planning your project)

The Lego Digital Designer is a useful program for building virtual lego models.
A useful feature within the program is the selection of real lego kits. By selecting the EV3 ‘31313’ kit you can virtually build a robot that you could then build for real!