The Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 platform will begin shipping August 1, 2013. The education platform is now available in the U.S. for educators to preorder.
Announced in January 2013, the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 platform is the third generation of LEGO Education robotics technology designed for classroom use.
It is a teaching solution developed with educators to actively engage students in a number of key curriculum areas such as computer science, science, technology, engineering, and math correlated to national standards.
The platform includes customizable curriculum and digital workbooks; a hardware platform based on real-world robotics technology for engaging, hands-on activities; an intuitive software platform consisting of both programming and data-logging interface including 48 step-by-step tutorials; and extensive professional development courses.
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The Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Core Set comes with the EV3 Brick, rechargeable battery, sensors, motors, large brick selection, a new ball wheel, and building instructions.
Also available is the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Expansion Set, which enables students to build larger-scale, more complex robots. For easy classroom management, both the base education set and the expansion set have storage bins and sorting trays.
Schools can equip an entire classroom (up to 24 students) for less than $5,000, and that initial investment will last many years and through hundreds of students, says the company.
LEGO Education offers hands-on, curriculum-based resources for teachers and students worldwide.