The LEGO Group has launched the first addition to the LEGO Mindstorms range in seven year with the introduction of the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor 5-in-1, a build designed to help LEGO fans uncover the creative possibilities of coding.
For over two decades, LEGO Mindstorms has been on a mission to inspire all ages to test and build their confidence with technology through play. By combining the LEGO building system with robotic and coding elements, builders can create anything they can imagine, all while developing STEM skills.
The new LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor 5-in-1 model gives builders aged 10 and upwards the power to bring one of the set’s five unique designs to life or take their own builds to the next level by programming them to walk, talk, think and do more than ever before. Kids can code their own remote-control features for the models in the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor app or connect their own controllers to the app using Bluetooth.
The app is also packed with over 50 coding challenges and activities to help those of all abilities build coding confidence. The app uses drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch to support those getting into coding for the first time, as well as Python for advanced coders looking for new challenges.
The kit consists of 949 pieces and new LEGO Powered UP components.
The five builds that the kit features are Blast, the action hero robot, Charlie, the friendly sidekick, Tricky, a sporty bot and ultimate athlete, Gelo, a four legged robot, and MVP, the Modular Vehicle Platform that can become a buggy, a crane, a shooter turret or a brick-eating pick up truck.
Lena Dixen, head of product and marketing development at the LEGO Group, commented: “Since the launch of LEGO Mindstorms over 20 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping children and adults develop STEM skills through play. We are extremely excited to introduce a new Mindstorms product that offers even more creative opportunities for those of all ages, and we thank our fans for continuing to show us what is possible with LEGO Mindstorms.
“We are continually inspired by the creations the community share with us and hope that the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor inspires many more children and playful adults to explore the exciting world of robotics and coding.”