The boxes came this week - here's a first look:
They are not the final version of what will be shipped this August. Usually LE MINDSTORMS kits come with a nice layout of how to organize the parts, but since this is a beta, I had to create my own organizational system.
I was given a PDF file of the parts list and made stickers of what parts should go where. I also labeled each bin with leftover price stickers I had around the house.
Here's the parts list of the Core Set from LEGO Education:
I separated parts in the top bin into the categories that I will use to teach my students how to use and identify LEGO TECHNIC elements.
- Angled beams
- Straight beams
- 2 & 4 prong connectors
- Axels (and all parts that have an axel pin)
- Friction pegs
- Pulley and skinny tire
- Ball parts (the new LE EV3 kit comes with an AMAZING ball attachment that can be used as a 3rd wheel- say goodbye to complicated pivot wheels!)
- Misc. Parts
I separated parts in the top bin by:
- 2 large motors
- 1 medium motor
- Ultrasonic sensor (1)
- Touch sensors (2)
- Color sensor (1)
- Gyro sensor (1)
- Tires (2) & hubs
- Wires & USB cable
I also laminated the bottom bin parts list for student reference.
Here are copies of the files I used for part stickers and bottom bin. The top two .jpg's for the top bins, and are best printed at 60%, the third .jpg is the bottom bin reference sheet and can be printed at 100%. I print these on full sheet ink jet labels from Staples.
Top bin File #1:
Top bin File #2:
Bottom bin reference sheet:
The LE EV3 software should be coming next week.
Stay tuned for first impressions of the software!