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HBM016: The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Evolution

2013 marks the 15th anniversary of the first LEGO® MINDSTORMS® set, the Robotics Invention System, which featured the RCX, one of the first programmable bricks marketed by LEGO and developed in collaboration with the MIT Media LAB. However, the evolution of LEGO robotics, which came to be known under the theme name MINDSTORMS, started several years earlier. The first page in that evolution was written in 1984, and the events that led up to that moment trace back even further.
 
In 1980 Seymour Papert wrote the book ‘MINDSTORMS: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas’ – which is where the LEGO robotics product got its name from. In this book he explored to groundbreaking concepts: children can become proficient with computers, and learning to use computers can change the way they learn in all other areas.
 
In 1984, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, President and, at the time, CEO of LEGO, saw a TV program in which children used the LOGO programming language, developed by Wally Feurzeig and Seymour Papert, to control the behaviour of turtle robots. These turtles could draw complex geometrical patterns using relatively simple instructions. Kjeld was interested and asked his management to contact Seymour Papert.
 
The LEGO Group visited the MIT Media Lab in Boston which was founded in 1985 and the very next year the first computer- controlled LEGO products were released. The LEGO Interface A (marketed as set number 1093 and 9750) consisted of a control interface that was connected to a computer serial port and could control several 4.5V motors and sensors. The interface could be used in conjunction with LEGO Technic sets from the Dacta theme, such as technic Control 1 and 2 which featured such constructions as a robotic arm prototype or a plotter. To program these creations a special version of the LOGO computer language was developed.

HBM006: Building trees (V)

LEGO treeA times, apart from having a beautiful or amazing design, a tree needs to follow certain size restrictions for allowing better transportation or for being able to store it away without taking much space.

 

 

Text and pictures by Legotron

 

HBM013: Modular Integrated Landscaping System (I)

MILSOne of the goals of the HispaBrick Magazine® community is to build large dioramas about different LEGO® themes. In order to be able to make those dioramas all together, in an organised way, we decided to establish a set of rules. Those rules are going to be described here and in the next issues of the HispaBrick Magazine.

By Legotron (A. Bellón)

 

HBM021: LEGO® Therapy

By Ashley Green and Jenny Smart

Ashley Green has been running LEGO Therapy sessions at Cruckton Hall School near Shrewsbury, England since 2008. Until recently, Jenny Smart was his teaching assistant. One of Ashley’s students, 13-year-old Thomas Herbert-Jones (pictured above between Ashley and Jenny), is now acting as his assistant. Jenny is now a support worker in a college for young adults with disabilities, and is also studying for a BA (Honours) in Childhood and Youth Studies. Ashley has been a MINDSTORMS enthusiast since 1998 and served on the MINDSTORMS Developer Program for the NXT robotics system in 2006. He is a LEGO Education UK Ambassador and has been heavily involved in both FIRST LEGO League and RoboCupJunior for the past decade.

 

HBM006: Brick-Busters Who you gonna call?

Brick-Busters

 Pictures: Brick-Busters

 
HM: Could you explain what tasks you perform for the community?
 
BB: Mainly administering a database of screenshots of swiped MOCs, which serves as witness to the problem.  It is a place where any LEGO® fan can come and post a MOC that has been swiped, so that the Rightful Owner may be made aware.
 

HBM017: Do you like what I made?

 

Do you like what I made?

By Carme Roca

HBM017: Designing the EV3 Education Core set

Designing the EV3 Education Core set

Interview with Lee Magpili, lead designer of the set

By HispaBrick Magazine®

Pictures by Lee Magpili

August 1 is the official release date of the 45544 LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core set. To celebrate this fact and to show you a bit more about what you will find in this set and how it was put together, HBM talked to the lead designer for this set. In case you haven’t heard of him before, let me introduce you to Lee Magpili. You may have seen some of his other creations, like VALENTINE, the red dragon that was shown at LEGOWorld Copenhagen and EVAN the EV3 android that has been travelling along with the EV3 Education presentations to different events.

HBM017: LEGO® Education StoryStarter

LEGO® Education StoryStarter

By Jetro

Pictures by LEGO Education

LEGO Education is putting the finishing touches to a brand new product, designed as a hands-on approach to creative writing and storytelling

Once upon a time… four easy words to get a story started, but they are only the beginning. I still remember the horrible moments that seemed to stretch out to an eternity whenever we got a writing assignment in primary school and I simply didn’t have a clue as to how to get the story going. So how do you get a story started, and, of equal importance, how do you give it a good ending? LEGO Education has the answer and it’s called StoryStarter.

HBM006: MiniMOCs Bass-Guitar

LEGO Bass guitar    Bass-Guitar

 

         By Steven Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HBM006: LEGO® Idea House

LEGO® Idea House

Museo de LEGO

The LEGO Museum, a walk through of the company

Text and pictures by lluisgib

 

HBM006: Calypso

Calypso

 

LEGO Calypso

If it just could float

 

Text and pictures by Henrik Hoexbroe

 

HBM006: GBCP

GBCP

 

LEGO GBCP

A Pneumatic Excavator as GCC Module

 

Text and pictures by Jetro

 

HBM006: The LEGO® Factory

The LEGO® Factory

La fábrica de LEGO

The place where the parts, our dreams are made of, are manufactured

Text by lluisgib

Pictures © The LEGO® Company

 

HBM005: Great creators of the world: Mark Kelso

Great creators of the world:Mark Kelso

Mark Kelso

Known for his awesome replica of 'Invisible Hand', today Mark Kelso will tell us about his hobby and the strong links it has with his everyday job.

 

By Hispabrick Magazine

Pictures by Mark Kelso