Mobile Computing

Lego Demonstrates New Robot-Programming App

Today at the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Lego Education demonstrated a new EV3 programming app for use with its Mindstorms Education EV3 platform. The combination of a physical EV3 robot and the app is designed to allow teachers and students to get started in robotics within a 45-minute classroom period.

The app, which will be available this month, includes the following supporting materials:

  • Quick start videos and six step-by-step Robot Educator tutorials that provide a guide to the programming and hardware functionalities;
  • building instructions for the Robot Educator model; 
  • a user guide and teacher introduction pages; and 
  • nine robotics lesson plans that link to local curriculum standards and suggest possible assessment areas

The app, which will be available through the Apple iTunes app store and Lego Education downloads, is currently only compatible with iOS-based tablets and. Versions in other languages will be available in June.

Full programming capabilities and integration with the three Mindstorms Education EV3 curriculum packs are only available with the full version of the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 programming software.

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Christopher Piehler is the former editor-in-chief of THE Journal.

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