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Java Lego Workshop 4 Kids

By Stephen Chin

This past weekend I did a Lego workshop for the local Devoxx4Kids bay area chapter. There were 35 excited kids from ages 8-14 who had their first taste of programming. While they expected to simply play with Legos for a few hours, they ended up hacking their first Java code in Eclipse.

The kids did a great job, and all the groups were able to get some basic Java code working on the Lego Mindstorms EV3 platform. They were using LeJOS, which is a great way to code for and deploy to the Lego intelligent brick using a robust programming language. Here is a video of one of the completed projects (sorry for my shaky camera work):

And finally the full slide show with build instructions, which can be downloaded from SlideShare:

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