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The LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 for STEM / STEAM enrichment looks like a fun way to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Here is the intro from the LEGO web site:
“Save time on your STEM lesson planning while giving your students the inspiration, tools and knowledge to explore computer programming on their own.
Design, build, program and test robots that can complete complex tasks, record live data, respond to environmental changes and more. LEGO MINDSTORMS helps you bring technology, science and computer programming to life with hands-on, project-based STEM learning using best-in-class robotics solutions. The only limit is your students’ imagination.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 lets your students design and build programmable robots using high quality motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and other technical components.
By using hands-on robotics, students will: Produce simple sequences and commands that link cause and effect using input/output devices. Use intuitive prediction tools to gain first-hand experience in forming hypotheses. And integrate math and science using physical constraints, units of measurement, coordinate systems, min, max, mean, and linear.”
On the web site, LEGO also provides a STEM / STEAM curriculum, EV3 downloadable software, and an e-learning capability.
Visit the EV3 Product page for complete information, but, here are some screen shots of products on that page.
Core EV3 Set:
A few more sets:
Some accessories and replacement parts:
The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 looks like an interesting STEM / STEAM product for teachers into robotics and who are merging robotics with science, math, and engineering.
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