Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 is a completely self-sufficient set that children can use for both building and programming robots. It consists of several key components that are assembled into all sorts of models – from mechanical arms to moon rovers or musical instruments:
- “Intelligent brick” as a robot control centre, or its brain’. It looks like a mini-computer to which you connect cables that will guide the robot's behaviour.
- Peripheral devices, which are sensory-motor systems. With the help of sensors, the robot perceives the functional environment, depending on the tasks assigned to it. With the help of manipulators, it performs the necessary actions, such as moving or taking something, printing, or producing sounds.
- Cables that connect all the necessary elements into one working system.
- Parts are used for assembling the body of the automatic device.
The robot will only “come to life” once the child takes one more step after the assembly - they just need to write a simple programme to give the robot’s ‘brain’ the necessary commands. As each kid masters the basics of programming, he/she will be able to come up with more complex kinds of tasks for robots and even make discoveries and inventions important for Mankind!
In summary, Lego education consists of two critical skills: engineering and programming. Through the process of delving more deeply into Lego Education Mindstorms, they develop and improve. Thanks to this, children can see how they can bring ideas to life and how to "tell" the robots what to do through various commands.