When I saw this (very professional) video on Youtube, from the scientific staff and students at Cambridge University I knew it was something I had to share with other families.
As a mother who actively encourages her kids to play with Lego and has done so since the age of zero, I was more than a little proud of both the scientists who put this idea together and of Lego for making this possible.
But I suppose I also felt a little validated in my support of Lego over other cheaper, “easier” toys all these years. See! It can be useful!
Ok. Self-Congratulatory Pat-On-The-Back/Rant over 🙂
Lego Mindstorms In the Lab
As part of the Google Science Fair project (established in conjunction with Lego amongst others), the team at Cambridge designed a robot using Lego Mindstorms that can aid in their research on bones.
What a wonderful application for a “toy” and I can imagine most of the staff would have played with Lego as a child (and probably as an adult as well).
Enjoy the video :0)
There is another one, about communicating with Robots in English rather than code.
Very inspiring for kids with a passion for Lego and science.
The kit is highly recommended for kids who show an interest in robots and sequential thinking.
Not all kids who are interested in Lego are naturally interested in Robots. Some (like my son) will move more towards design or architecture and the robotics aspect of Lego does not appeal to them.
However, if you child is 1o years or over and does like robotics/mechanics then the kit would be a wonderful way to develop their interest.
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