The ROBOTMAK3RS continued their celebration of the 25th Anniversary of MINDSTORMS through these Fall and Winter remix projects. Each ROBOTMAK3R was tasked with selecting one LEGO set of their choice and combining it with a MINDSTORMS set. Below are the five amazing models they came up with.
Braill3 by Jerry Nicholls
Set Review: The Braille Bricks set is well thought out. The ratios of the letters is suitable for general use and the addition of some punctuation and arithmetic operators is excellent. There is a card showing what bricks there are and their quantities, but no form of sorting tray, so it can be a bit of a search to find the brick you're after. The choice of colours for the bricks doesn't appear to have any logic behind them. All the punctuation and maths bricks are white but so are a couple of the letter bricks. It seems that it would have made more sense to have all white for punctuation only, the vowels in one colour etc. There was no indication as to what some of the Braille bricks were, i.e. ⠐ (dot-5) and ⠿ (dot-123456). I had to find out that they represented a Braille contraction and the word 'for' respectively. The choice of the word 'for' compared to some of the other options seems a little odd. The associated online information is very comprehensive but too much for a generally interested person, e.g. a parent thinking that learning some Braille would be good for their child. I feel that a simpler "get you going" or basic Braille online document would be good, e.g. to say how the dot-5 brick should be used.
"LEGO Megayacht" is a motorized boat in the style of a megayacht that can float in a pool and be controlled by remote control or autonomously with gyro and ultrasonic sensors. For this model, Dave used LEGO City 60368 Arctic Explorer Ship and 51515 MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor.
Perseverance by Anton Vanhoucke
Set Review: This project was more than building and coding. It was a deep dive into the engineering marvel that is the Mars Perseverance Rover. By reconstructing and modifying this LEGO model, I gained a profound appreciation for the real rover’s design and capabilities. The original LEGO model was less solid than other Technic models. The wheels tended fall off the model when lifting it. The rocker-bogie construction bends when the model is standing and can barely hold the model's weight.
Fairy Tale Remix by Asha Seshan
Set Review: The Tranquil Garden set was a very satisfying build. As an adult, I especially liked that the instructions were not printed on a solid black background. Some sections were a bit challenging to see nevertheless (e.g. the roof of the house). A lot of the build required great attention to detail and patience (e.g. placing water, fish, rocks, etc in the right location). This was somewhat a challenge, but the end result was worth it. I would have preferred to place the elements under the black stand earlier (ie. not having to flip over after a significant amount was built on top). The trees were especially creative. I also appreciated the curved elements of the shrine. While the overall model was designed to be a peaceful Asian-themed garden, the elements lend themselves to other uses and worked very well in my reimagined Fairy Tale Remix project.