By year's end, Lego will stop making its Mindstorms robotics kits



Since 1998, Lego's Mindstorms robotics kits have been available for purchase. They are the result of a partnership between Lego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). According to Gizmodo, Lego has now confirmed that it will stop supporting Mindstorms at the end of the year and continue to do so for at least a further two years.


The kits, which debuted over 24 years ago as the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System, combined sophisticated Technics pieces from Lego with gears and other robotics components and were driven by the standard "Brick" processing unit. With the launch of the company's NXT line of Mindstorms kits in 2006, they made significant progress.


The EV3 robots platform saw a significant advancement in 2013. This new range offered improvements to the NXT series' sensor load and processing power while remaining backward-compatible with it. Lego also released specialized mobile applications that let users operate Mindstorms projects using their iOS and Android devices. Last but not least, it created a Mindstorms community where users could show off their work and work with other builders.


The Robot Inventor range from 2020 was the last known official product, but after then there had been little sign of Mindstorms, especially since Lego was concentrating on other educational projects.


The company stated in a statement to Brick Fanatics that it had "decided to focus our resources and plans by redirecting our Mindstorms Robot Inventor team and their expertise into different areas of the business" due to the growing importance of LEGO Education and other Build & Code experiences. This indicates that while digital platforms, like the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor App, will continue to operate at least through the end of 2024, the physical Mindstorms Robot Inventor product (51515) and its related elements (88016 and 88018) will be removed from our portfolio at the end of 2022.


It was one of the first toys to deliberately encourage STEM learning and spark interest in robotics in both children and adults. Robotics schooling is coming to an end, but there are still several kits available, including Lego's own Boost robotics kit for novices. Additionally, if you chance to acquire a Mindstorms robot, it may one day be valued as a collectible.

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