Lego Mindstorms is a hardware and software structure which is produced by Lego for the development of programmable robots based on Lego building blocks. Since its creation, there have been at least four generations of the Mindstorms platform: the original Robotics Invention System, NXT, NXT 2.0, and EV3. With each platform release, the motor and sensor capabilities expanded.

You can use Mindstorms  to build interactive robots. Connecting it to a programming language such as Scratch expands the possibilities. You can thus build a robotic puppet and tell stories, make your own musical instruments and game controllers, or whatever else you can imagine.

You can the “Lego Mindstorms Programmer” application can be used with the robotics construction set. Use this app to build and program your EV3 robots in the fastest, smartest and most fun way possible – directly from your tablet without the need for any wires or additional software. EV3 Programmer features missions, pre-built programs and building instructions for five different EV3 robots: EV3RSTORM, TRACK3R, SPIK3R, GRIPP3R and R3PTAR. You can also find pre-built programs and Building Instructions. This app also lets you create your own robot programs from scratch, just drag and drop programming blocks onto the canvas and press ‘Play’ and see how your robot responds.

Lego WeDo vs Mindstorms

Lego WeDo is more about construction (the interface and computer stuff is simplified), whereas the Mindstorms assumes competency with construction and familiarity with programming basics (the computer stuff is more complicated) 

Author: Piers Midwinter
Piers Midwinter is a Qualified Teacher, Native English Speaker, ex-Company director, and ex-University lecturer. He lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
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