It’s not available until fall. But news outlets from Mashable to The New York Times are already abuzz about LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. LEGO unveiled its consumer version at CES International last week. Engineering and science educators will be glad to know LEGO is introducing a LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 platform too. The product is poised to help students develop hard and soft skills they will take to next generation challenges.
What's New in EV3
EV3’s built-in digital notebook lets students save their work right on the controller. And teachers can modify its curriculum content to track and assess student progress. So students and teachers can cover more, faster. It also gives teachers and students one central place to share ideas.
EV3 comes with Design Engineering Projects, a curriculum for 30 hours of classroom instruction. The structure of these curriculum activities mirrors the engineering design process used in industry. So the material helps teachers provide a challenging jumping-off point for robotics tasks. Students don’t just watch. They do—and learn.
Finally, EV3’s software has new data logging capabilities so students can collect, graph and calculate data. Seeing data come to life helps kids boost their skills and feel prepared to apply those skills in the real world. Plus, the software platform is based on NI LabVIEW, the same software that powers some of the greatest technology innovations on the planet. A little inspiration never hurt anyone.
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