Skip to main content

Hour of Code -> Hour of EV3

Hour of EV3 by guest bloggers Sanjay and Arvind Seshan of EV3Lessons

Hour of EV3

Learning to program is a very important skill. The Hour of Code movement was started several years ago and reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries for everyone (ages 4-104). Hour of Code is held during the week of December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.


Hour of Code promo video

Hour of Code introduces students to various programming languages such as Python and Scratch and shows them that coding is both fun and achievable. LEGO® MINDSTORMS®  can be used to achieve the same purpose. We have found the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® to be a great platform for learning programming skills – everything from learning to write comments to creating complex algorithms.  The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit is “more than a toy”.  From prototyping possibilities to using as a platform to teach coding skills, it is fun and versatile.

LEGO®  recently announced the #3MinsofEV3 campaign. We thought it was a great idea and to bring it to life, we are teaching 1 hour classes called “Hour of EV3”.  We have created short lesson plans using models from the EV3 31313 Set and the EV3 Programming App* to introduce beginners to programming concepts and get them comfortable using sensors.  Click on the images to download the lessons. We want to continue to give kids the tools needed to program and create with a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3.

Sample of EV3 Programming App lessons available at http://ev3lessons.com/HourOfEV3.html

We invite everyone to join this movement during the week of December 7-13.  If you have an EV3, invite some friends over who have never seen one and complete one of the lessons together.



Building robots is fun.  Programming the robots brings them to life. Come join us in the Hour of EV3!

Sanjay and Arvind Seshan, EV3Lessons | Droids Robotics

* EV3 Programmer
for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lego.mindstorms.ev3programmer
for IOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lego-mindstorms-ev3-programmer/id1039354955?ls=1&mt=8


Popular posts from this blog

MINDSTORMS Retires!

2023 is the 25th Anniversary of the MINDSTORMS brand. For 25 years, MINDSTORMS has educated and inspired a generation of robot builders, both children and adults. Unfortunately, the LEGO Group decided to end the line on December 2022. Many ROBOTMAK3RS have been passionately involved with the development of MINDSTORMS through the MUP and MCP programs. Even with the newest Robot Inventor line, several ROBOTMAK3RS were invited to submit additional bonus models that were included in the official app. Regardless of the retirement of a major LEGO robotics product line, ROBOTMAK3RS continue to MAKE-SHARE-INSPIRE using all LEGO robotics platforms available to us. Here is the official statement from LEGO. Since its launch in September 1998, LEGO MINDSTORMS has been one of the core ‘Build & Code’ experiences in the company’s portfolio, carrying with it significant brand equity and becoming a stand-out experience for the early days of consumer robotics and leading to current Build & Code

Celebrating 25 Years of MINDSTORMS

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of MINDSTORMS, we take a trip through history. Please also visit ROBOTMAK3RS Community every week as we highlight different projects all through 2023 in celebration of the anniversary. Some of the early history is based on the content shared by  Coder Shah  in our  MINDSTORMS EV3 Community Group . Some of the text and links may have been edited from his original posts for consistency and clarity.  1984 - Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen watched a TV program called "Talking Turtle," where MIT professor Seymour Papert demonstrated how children could control robot "turtles" using LOGO, a programming language he developed. 1988 - The collaboration between MIT and LEGO resulted in LEGO TC Logo in 1988, which allowed students to control LEGO models using computer commands. The video shows Papert demonstrating TC Logo. 1990 - LEGO TC Logo was hampered since the robots you built had to be tethered to a personal computer. LEGO and MIT

Celebrating MINDSTORMS with a Remix Part 1

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of MINDSTORMS, we asked ROBOTMAK3RS to combine a LEGO set of their choice with a MINDSTORMS set. Here is what these five ROBOTMAK3RS came up with.  MINDSTORMS Chess Assistant by Arvind Seshan Overview: When you are new to chess, it can be a challenge to remember which pieces go where. Now, you can use machine learning and LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor to build a tool to help you learn where all the chess pieces go on the chess board. Sets used: LEGO® Iconic Chess Set (40174) and MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor (51515) Review: I really like how the chess set base can store all the pieces underneath and that the board neatly splits in half for handy storage. The chess pieces themselves are very sturdy and well built. My only criticism is the building of the box itself. It was quite difficult to see what pieces to use and since the entire box is made mostly of thin plates, it took a lot of time and patience. I would have liked the storage area to be sliding dra