Sunday, 2 June 2013

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education vs Home Edition 31313

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is the next generation of buildable and programmable robots from LEGO Education. It's coming out in the second half of 2013, first for educational users in August and then the home edition to follow (hopefully in time for the holidays.) But the education and home sets are not the same. If you're thinking of buying EV3 either for classroom or home use, or perhaps for a club or camp, then it's useful to understand the differences and which range will better suit your needs.

Image: Education Core Set

Both versions of EV3 use the same Programmable Brick and range of sensors, but what you get in the box is different in each case. The education kit is designed for classroom use and learning, while the focus of the home kit is building cool robots that you can control and have lots of fun with. Clearly kids will be learning lots at home and having fun using EV3 at school, but the focus is different.

The education kit, as you would expect, is targeted towards use in the classroom. It has companion STEM education resources so that kids can work through a syllabus, learning about data collection and analysis and other STEM topics as they build and use their robots.

The home edition includes a remote control and IR receiver so kids can build remote control robots. The models that you can build with the kit demonstrate the use of the LEGO Mindstorms app which allows kids to control their robots from a smart device.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education Core LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition 31313
Motors 2 Large and 1 Small Servo 2 Large and 1 Small Servo
Sensors /Control Color Sensor
Touch Sensor x 2
Gyro Sensor
Ultrasonic Sensor
Color Sensor
Touch Sensor
Infrared Sensor / Receiver
IR Remote Control
Power Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger
(Or AA Batteries)
Uses AA Batteries (not included) Or you can buy a rechargeable battery pack. 
Models Robot Educator
Gyro Boy
Color Sorter
(Plus more that require the Extension Set which includes more technic pieces)
R3PTAR snake
GRIPP3R muscle robot
EV3RSTORM armed robot
SPIK3R scorpion
(plus bonus models created by the user community and selected by LEGO)
Technic Pieces 541 pieces total (including sensors etc) 550+ LEGO Technic elements
Software Graphical software sold separately - includes data logging, Robot Educator learning tool and content editor for teachers. Curriculum software also available separately. Basic graphical software included (I think.)
Storage Plastic Storage Tray
Age 10+ 10+
Release Date Ships August 1st 2013 Fall 2013
Price $339.95 (single set without software) RRP $349.99

Both the Education and Home Editions use compatible motors, sensors and other add-ons so you can add to a basic set so you can make more models. The individual components will be available to buy so you can extend your set whatever you start with. The technic pieces included are different to support the different models that you get instructions for.

Example models:

Gyro Boy (left) is a Education Core model. R3PTAR (right) is a Home Edition model.

EV3 has a new icon-based graphical environment for programming the brick from a computer. I think the basic software package is included in the Home Edition - graphical programming is listed as a feature. But it's important to note that the EV3 software is an additional cost to the Education Core set, and so is the educational curriculum. There is a home education version that bundles together the EV3 Core with the software and curriculum - it's quite expensive so probably an option for a home ed group.

Another area where the two versions differ is that the Education version includes a rechargeable power supply and charger. The Home edition uses AA batteries which are not included though you can also get the rechargeable battery as an extra. (I'm wondering whether the home version will be able to run on rechargeable AA batteries as we use loads of them.)

Sources: LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Core Set and LEGO Mindstorms Home Edition 

: LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition

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Robotica said...

your sensor and power section is reversed.
both can use a battery pack, but the education comes with a battery pack, however without a charger.

software on 31313 is download and for free
software on 45544 is download or disk, cost 99$

TechAgeKids said...

Fixed. Thanks.

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