What is LEGO® Mindstorms™ EV3?

Watch the short film below to find out more about Milestones Museum's LEGO® school sessions, the curriculum links and learning outcomes, and to hear feedback from teachers and students who have participated in the sessions.

Mindstorms™ at Milestones

Build a LEGO® robot, learn to program it then use it to solve the Space Challenges! A highly interactive STEM school session using the LEGO® Mindstorms™ EV3 system, perfect for curriculum visits and also STEM Clubs, targeted groups of students (e.g. Gifted and Talented), Enrichment or Activity Day, transition activities and cross-curricular learning.

Curriculum links include Science, Computing, Design & Technology and Maths as well as personal skills such as logical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.

100% engaged, 100% of the time

Winklebury Junior School

Key facts

Milestones offers two levels of LEGO® Mindstorms for schools in separate sessions: (1) Introduction, and (2) Sensors. Students must have completed the Introduction session before attempting the Sensors session.

  • Each session is led by a facilitator and accommodates one class of up to 30 students (plus accompanying adults)
  • Each session is a full day programme which starts at 10.00am and finishes at 2.00pm
  • It is suitable for KS2 (Year 4 and above), KS3 and KS4, with the delivery and content being adapted as appropriate for the level of the participants
  • The recommended minimum age is 8 years old (Year 4). The main content of the session is computer coding
  • Lunch room included
  • Key Stage 2: 1:10 adult:pupil ratio requested; Key Stage 3: 1:15 adult:pupil ratio requested

Session information

Each day is fully led and is split up into two parts, divided by a 30 minute lunch break. In the morning students build a robot, learn to use the hardware and software and practise programming the robot by completing several tasks. After lunch they use their new skills to attempt to solve the Space Challenges with their robot!

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit is the latest in robotics technology – a programmable computer brick with attachable motors and sensors which can be built and programmed into an enormous variety of working robots.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 are highly interactive, challenge-based sessions designed to reflect the nature of the historical technology collections of Milestones Museum. Those who built and operated these machines in the past faced similar challenges, and also used the same skills to overcome design and function difficulties.

These workshops involve computer coding, mathematics problem-solving and design and engineering challenges using the robots.

Session objectives

(1) Introduction:

  • To learn the basics of programming a robot to make particular movements
  • To use the programming techniques learned, as well as teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills to tackle a range of space-themed challenges

(2) Sensors:

  • To program the robot with greater precision and accuracy, building on the knowledge and skills developed in LEGO Mindstorms session 1
  • To learn the use of selected sensors and more advanced coding blocks
  • To use the programming techniques learned, as well as teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills to tackle a range of space-themed challenges

Available to schools on selected dates:

  • September 2018: 18-21, 25-28

  • April 2019: 2 - 5

  • July 2019: 2 - 5, 9 - 12

Cost and booking

£200 per class of up to 30 students maximum. Bringing a smaller group for LEGO Mindstorms? We understand that school clubs or targeted groups may have fewer students, so please contact us for small group rates for this workshop only.

To book, contact 01256 639550 or milestones.schools@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk