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KIDS 8+ | LEGO Mindstorms EV3
Let’s be clear: this isn’t a typical toy. In fact, I hesitate to call this high performance robotics set a toy at all. For the 15th anniversary of LEGO Mindstorms, the company has launched a new system that makes it easier to get started, while still keeping the complexity and challenge of the original Mindstorms. Also, don’t worry if you’ve got earlier sets: all are compatible.
One of the main differences in this new line is that users can build, program, and play with the starter robot in less than 20 minutes. After that, kids can keep making it more and more advanced, as well as build several different models with the kit. I was incredibly impressed with the smooth motion and responsiveness of the robots built with this set. For smart kids 10 and up who don’t want to wait until high school or college to do hands-on robotics, this is the way to go.
Available in the second half of 2013 from LEGO, $349.99.
The Daily Babble