Innovation Project: Create and Iterate Your Prototype

We created a video on how how to create and iterate your FIRST LEGO League team’s Innovation Project as you progress through the season by using one of our own past Innovation Projects as an example. We will talk about how we went from just a drawing of our solution idea, to a proof-of-concept prototype, to a full-sized functional model. We thank Droids Robotics and the Share & Learn Community for featuring our video as part of their FIRST LEGO League Challenge Rookie Team Webinar series.

New LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Set (#45345)

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We were excited to get to play with this 45345 LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Set. You can have fun learning about building LEGO machines and motorizing them with your own programs with the help of LEGO minifigures Maria, Daniel, Sophie, and Leo. Although this robotics set is geared for younger audiences than the SPIKE Prime or Mindstorms, it’s a great set for learning to love robotics and comes with lots of awesome new pieces! Even adults may prefer using its smaller sized hub for compact building projects. We will give you an overview of the set and the software and let you know some of the aspects we really liked about it.

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Fun with EV3: LEGO Technic Ballerina

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Whether you have a LEGO Mindstorms or a LEGO Spike, robots are so much fun! Just use your imagination to create your own robotic invention!

We had so much fun building a ballerina robot using an EV3 to control her dance and play her music. We named our robot “Minnie Fay,” after a character from the musical Hello Dolly!. We love ballet, and we thought that it would be fun to build a robot dancer! Robots can be anything that you have an interest in!

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Robot Game: Field Kit Tips

We created a video talking about the CARGO CONNECT robot game field kit with some building tips (if your team has not started building it yet), along with some build aspects to check for on every mission model to prevent your team from running into issues with incorrectly built mission models. Some of these are checks that your team may need to do all season long. In order to program your robot to be successful, your team needs to start with an error-free robot game field, and this video will help you achieve that!

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Innovation Project: Building Problem Solvers

We created a video on the Innovation Project and how it can help build your team into problem solvers. We will walk teams through what is involved in the Innovation Project from identifying a problem, designing a solution, creating a prototype, sharing and iterating your solution, and communicating your work with others.

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How to Run EV3 Lab/EV3-G on an Up-to-Date Computer (even Macs)

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Even though SPIKE Prime and the Mindstorms Robot Inventor Kit are here and are awesome tools, the EV3 is still here to stay for a lot of schools, teams, and home users. The current EV3 Classroom from LEGO Education has Scratch-based programming (similar to the SPIKE Prime and Mindstorms Robot Inventor Kit). However, many people have grown to love the older LabVIEW-based block language currently known as EV3 Lab/EV3-G. If you get a new Windows computer, you have to search a bit for the EV3 Lab download, but it will still run on even Windows 10. We will show you how below. However, do you have an updated Mac computer and are sad that you can no longer run the older EV3 programming language EV3 Lab/EV3-G on it? If your Mac computer is updated to 10.15 (Catalina) or higher, the old EV3 Lab software cannot run. However, we have figured out a way around this, so that you can have the best of both worlds – an up-to-date Mac and EV3 Lab successfully running.

Today, we are going to walk you through the steps we used to run EV3 Lab/EV3-G on current Windows and Mac computers. Please note that EV3 Lab will no longer be updated by LEGO Education, but it still has a place in many homes and schools.

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LEGO Inspiration: 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course

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In LEGO Inspiration today, we will show you what we found interesting in LEGO set number 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course. LEGO Mario has a lot of advanced features packed into his small little body. As kids learn to understand his features, they will have a lot of fun along the way! In a future continuation of this article, we will combine the Mario set with the LEGO SPIKE Prime to have a longer running track for Mario.

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