Anyone bought the Lego Mindstorms? http://mindstorms.lego.com/
Any comments? Sutiable for a 11+?
wow, another great product from lego, looks like for daddy, not for my son
Originally Posted by Firefly
if the 11+ has any experience with lego,lego technics or bionicles, sure can handle and, as i said, there is still daddy !!
as lego is not that easy available here, very limited choices, i am looking at megablocks a lot. do you have any comparison of price and quality between lego and megablocks (for the 6 yrs old, not the mindstorms yet )
erm, i do have a set of Mindstorm lego. I forget what's the price. It is still new and i seldom touch it. No idea why i bought it last time. Last year, my friends and i were the "wakil" for Malaysia to go for WRO (World Robot Olympiad), we won 2 medal under the Open Category and another medal for Tug Of War by the primary students
wow, great stuff !!!
Originally Posted by leezhunkeat
so you shuold give us the professional's view.
is this lego worthy and is it suitable for the (non professional, but interrested) 6yr old/11+ yr old ?
btw. how old are you and your friends ?
Mindstorms are only available at specialty toy shops here like Toys R Us. Retail prices are above RM1000+ but the models and range are quite limited and early versions. For the latest ones, I guess you hv to pre-order it or order it online.
Mindstorms deals with robotics and toy model assembly so your kids has to hv an understanding of science, physics and some very basic programming. Of course, there are instruction manuals but for the kid to be really 'hooked' to such an expensive hobby, he must be fascinated with science and robotics to dabble in it. It was quite hot with Singaporean young IT learners a few years back and I guess Malaysian kids were not up to that level yet or it is simply too expensive a toy that Dad has to forked out on. I had wanted to include it in the curriculum for the young IT learners at my academy but because of price concerns, I shelved it. But if you can afford it, it should be something wonderful for your potential whiz kid. And if your kids excel in it, then they can follow leezhunkeat's footsteps and participate in the Robot Olympiads or Games Challenge.
Thinking of getting it for my 11+ as he is always into this assembly/model making. Between lego and mega, lil'firefly will tell to go for the real thing. He was given many of this sort of construction sets and he still prefer the original.
Lil'firefly actually saved all his $$$ from Christmas and CNY to get another set of the Lego. Was offered the alternative (with more parts), He said, no way. Lego it must be!!!
Already with the basic lego and technic sets. Lil'firefly skips the bionicals and the other fix models...still prefer the basic blocks.
If Firefly were to get the mindstorms, will it mean that firefly have to get back to books?? Aaagghhhh!!!!!!!!!
what about the Erector Set of the past?
The world needs more Canada
Was it easy to learn the functions? Is that the version 1.0?
Originally Posted by leezhunkeat
Mindstorms comes with a little microprocessor that controls the model/robot's movements. So, yes, a little simple programming knowledge is a must. But, firefly, no need to hit the books lar, a little knowledge of physics and model assembly shld do the trick. The manuals are extensive enough for beginners but there are also tips and tricks that you can find online.
What about building up the little RC cars that zooming about in your area, firefly?
Or the plastic models, tamiya, etc.... I just love these and have a few at home but no time to built it past few years....
There were some sales at Texchem on legos few weeks ago.... pple grab like free...
erm, it's simple to learn to make ur own mindstorm. First of all, u can create a structure 1st then programming. OR u can programming it 1st then build it. But my team and i did programming becoz programming was the part where it allows us to create the specific part to work. Oh ya, on 24 April i was invited to recieve and anugerah for representing Malaysia to Bangkok, WRO. hehe!
Here is a link of Bangkok last year http://www.sasbadi.com/mroindex.html
Since i have a set, i could actually have a team this year to go to China, Nanjing. Fully sponsor by Sasbadi. Anyone which interested, we could have some training and get ready to wakil Malaysia again. But u need know wat is mindstorm all about. Or else, chances to wakil Malaysia is kinda tough
here are some pictures i manage to took. Oh ya, when i was typing this msg, i just came back from the event which end at 11.30pm and reach home 12.30am. SO late~~
Each of us recieve RM100, a certificate and a trophy
Last edited by Kito; 25-04-2006 at 01:33 AM.
Good for you, zhunkeat! Congrats to you and your team! Mind showing us a pix of your champion robot as well??
So, you're on your way to built the first Robocop for Malaysia?
hmm, about the pictures. I dont have it. XD
but i'll try to get it so that u all know how it really looks like~
Firefly in his younger days have 2 units of them RC cars. 1 is an off road model (taminya) and the other a F2 replica (taminya). Then Firefly also built his own Super Saloon. Sadly after getting married, all were left to rot in a cupboard somewhere. The 4 channel Futaba and 6 channel Sanwa controls are already obselete and no longer functioning. Have seen the new controls. a real stearing wheel and trigger throttle which brings back memories of the time $$$ spent in buying better parts, time taken to tune them cars and RACING!!! The only track then was in front of the MPPJ building. Oh them memories...
leezhunkeat, please post some pictures. The link do have some impressive assemblies.
Last year's rule and regulation is all written at this link. Even the competition track is also stated
hmm, i have to ask some of the pictures from The Sasbadi company. I'll post it up as soon as i recieve it. I think they forget about it already.......XD
Last edited by Kito; 26-04-2006 at 12:46 AM.