EV3 Programming: Motor Blocks

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We have had a lot of fun using our EV3 bricks for a lot of things, such as programming them to play our favorite songs and accomplishing fun tasks we make on our own, but by far the most fun part of EV3 comes when you add motors into the mix! Motors allow you to build a robot that can drive around or build a machine with moving arms or rotating turn tables. Motors are obviously especially important in EV3 for competing in FIRST LEGO League (FLL). How else can you move around the field and accomplish all those cool missions?

In this article, we will teach you about the parameters on a motor block, different types of motor blocks, and the basic types of turns.

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LEGO Inspiration: 70008 Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker

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In LEGO Inspiration today, we will show you what we found interesting in LEGO Legends of Chima set number 70008 Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker.

This is a discontinued LEGO set from The LEGO Legends of Chima series. In Chima, Gorzan and other members of the gorilla tribe use these mechs to swing from vines and walk/run to cover more distance than they could with just their minifigure bodies. The mech’s arms move to help grab the vines, defend themselves, pick up people and things, and make hand gestures, like when they need to give directions to the rhinos.

This set offers a lot of movement with LEGO joints for fingers,  hips, and knees, as well as several missile sites. However, for the purpose of helping EV3 builders and FLL teams, we are going to focus on the gearing that allows the arms to move up and down by turning a knob in the mech’s back.

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Remember to Have Fun with Your EV3!

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One of the FLL core values is about having fun and enjoying what we do. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in using LEGO EV3 for FIRST LEGO League, to learn about simple and complex machines, or for other schoolwork. FIRST encourages us to have fun while we do our work. But, it is good to remember to make sure you take some time to have a break and to just have fun, too! When you have time, you should make up your own missions and challenges! By making your own challenges you can learn, have fun, and take a break from all the stressing work of robotics.

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Crabs, Couches, and Armchairs: Building Pieces for Extra Support

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When you are building with LEGO Technic, sometimes you need extra supporting pieces on beams to keep your model from falling apart when you handle it. This is especially important for LEGO robots used for competition. We thought up some ways over the past three years to help with this problem. We will share some of those in this blog post.

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LEGO Inspiration: 41237 Batgirl Secret Bunker

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In LEGO Inspiration today, we will show you what we found interesting in DC Super Hero Girls LEGO set number 41237 Batgirl Secret Bunker.

For many LEGO sets we took for granted the Technic elements within them. We decided to look back at some of these sets and show you the things we thought might help in your building efforts. We can learn a lot from LEGO Master Builders!

This set is really cool. So many parts are moveable by using Technic. We will go through the set, section by section.

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