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Can you program Lego Mindstorms with the Scratch programming language?

My child is learning programming using Scratch in school. Can she program her Mindstorms using Scratch?
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What was wrong with monorails?

From this answer: Then there's the whole problem of parts which are simply not in production any longer, and for which the cost of reproducing them would offset the potential benefits of reissuing ...
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How can I make product suggestions to TLG?

I'm sure lots of is have had ideas for products, parts, sets, themes or services that we'd like LEGO to produce. What are the best ways of proposing them to TLG, and of persuading them to take on our ...
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Programming with Lego Mindstorms EV3

I know this question was asked in the past, but I want an up-to-date answer. What is the best way to program with the NXT with a oriented object programming language? Ideally C#, C++ or Java (maybe ...
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EV3 IR Beacon/Remote Programmability

Can the EV3 IR Beacon/Remote be programmed to emit other IR signals, like for triggering a camera? I'd like to use the Mindstorms EV3 kit for building a hyperlapse photography rover where it moves, ...
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Are there any LEGO movie/game posters?

I'm trying to find some posters for my childrens room and everytime I find something on EBay etc .. they are all A4 or A3 :( I'm guessing it's a simple process as getting a nice quality version image ...
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Is there a way to draw LEGO figures using Blender?

I have some basic experience in Blender. Is there any way to insert pre-drawn LEGO pieces into Blender?
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I have a 16x16 stud clear base plate. Where is it from?

I found another grab bag treasure. I ended up with a 16x16 stud clear(ish) base plate. A quick look at bricklink gave me a no items found message. I'd like to know which set(s) this piece can be found ...
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How can I make a precise one-way clutch using Technic elements?

I need a mechanism so that if a (NXT) motor rotates forward, it moves one gear, but the other stays still, but if it rotates backward, the first gear does not move, but the second one does. I found ...
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How do I build a sloped roof with a 60° rake?

I've seen the sloped roof on the "Winter Village Post Office" and similar using plates, and I want to build a roof with a similar angle: What should I use to ensure they are well attached?
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How do i organize all my LEGO bricks and parts?

I just have a massive amount of lego laying around in a container. Kind of hard to sort through whenever i need parts. I was wondering if anyone has experience with many different sizes of lego ...
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Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?

I was thinking about the documentation process of a large set like the Death Star and it got me thinking; surely at some point Lego must've released a set of instructions that contained a mistake? ...
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What is the largest Lego kit commercially available?

I believe the Imperial Star Destroyer is the biggest in terms of size, at 58.8 cm by 50.5 cm by 21 cm, and the Death Star in the number of pieces, at 3803. Are there any newer, bigger models?
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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

After researching this question for a few days, I want to post it here so I can share what I learned in an answer, and hopefully learn some new techniques too. If anyone has found another way to do ...
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Can I use the WeDo USB hub with normal Linux distributions?

I haven't found a lot of detail on the WeDo USB hub. Is this device usable with Linux? I found one article that indicated the OLPC XO had support for it, but it implied there was custom support ...
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How to speed up the 4x4 Crawler truck 9398?

Just finished building the 4x4 Crawler and it was a fun build but as a remote control car it is . . . in a word . . . SLOW! I know it's powerful and can climb over stuff but sometimes there is nothing ...
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Is it possible to create a differential if I don't have it as a ready to use element?

I have numerous gears, axis and other elements from different Lego Technic sets. I wonder if using them I can make a kind of a differential like this? If not, how can I implement similar ...
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Parallel Direct Commands to an NXT

Is it possible to send multiple Direct Commands to an NXT brick in a quick succession, and the NXT brick will execute them as soon as it receives them which will look like they are happening in ...
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What software was used to create the LEGO Movie?

So I've just seen the LEGO Movie and I was amazed at the such intricate details of all the minifigures and sets. I was wondering if anyone knows what software was used to create the film. Animal ...
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API for Android or iOS connecting to EV3 by bluetooth

There is official API for Windows, WindowsPhone8 and WinRT https://legoev3.codeplex.com/ it lets you connect to EV3 brick and control it remotely from your WindowsPhone. Are there any libraries ...
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What do the V# codes represent in the LEGO shop?

The online LEGO shop references products with a V# code at the end, like this: What is the meaning of this code?
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Biggest European LEGO event?

I was wondering if there is a big European event where new sets and custom sets are shown, and maybe deals on sets or pieces, something like an E3 for LEGO or something similar. I looked on Google but ...
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What glue should I use for permanent LEGO construction?

The incredible precision of LEGO parts makes them attractive for building precise jigs, but the fact that they can come apart fairly easily isn't so helpful for this application. Can anyone recommend ...
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How does cleaning yellowed Lego bricks affect their clutch power?

Will cleaning yellowed bricks (via the retr0brite solution) decrease the clutch power of lego bricks? I've also heard that certain colors of embellishments on the minifigs or bricks do not hold up ...
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Why are 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side 2 studs deep?

This question is regarding the 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side. The two that I am aware of are 99206 and 87609: If you haven't seen them before, these are functionally somewhat similar to ...
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How do you store your built models for long-term display?

My wife and I recently started to re-enjoy Lego and had a lot of fun building the Grand Emporium and a few other pieces but now they're collecting dust and we're lucky enough to have a few spare rooms ...
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On what plane is 6912 Super Soarer based?

The set 6912, Super Soarer, features a yellow jet plane. My first thoughts were towards the Harrier, but it has exhausts on the tail, which the Harrier doesn't have. On what plane, if any, is it ...
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Turn a tank a specific number of degrees

I don't have a gyro sensor so that's not a possible solution (until I purchase one). I figured I'd just do the math on this one. What I'd really like to know are: The circumference of the ...
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Problem in connecting the NXT brick via bluetooth

I am trying to control my NXT brick via Bluetooth but I cannot establish a connection. Although I am able to establish a Bluetooth connection from the laptop to the LEGO using a Bluetooth dongle, the ...
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Can you identify this yellow crane?

Can you identify this one? It's part of a series of models I had as a kid that I want to take apart for my own kids now, and I'm looking for the original instructions.
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What can I do to clean a minifigure's torso?

Well, I have the old Greneral Grievous from 2005, and it is almost 10 years old. So, by the time, it's torso became like yellow-painted. Tell me what can I do to clean it. Please?
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EV3 Brick Error Symbols?

I am currently developing an EV3 robot that sorts colored technic beams. However, the brick will only run part of the program and then generate a strange error code on the brick's screen. The error ...
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Help identifying Lego Set from bags!

I visited Toyrus in Paris recently and bought several lego sets for my son. Mostly, Star Wars sets. In each case, we brought the manuals and the cardboard boxes so that he could assemble them. ...
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Battery Acid Dust Issue

I was recently digging through some old boxes looking for old LEGO bricks I had as a kid. In two of the boxes I found old double A batteries that had busted (the boxes were in a building that has got ...
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How to use two NXT bricks for 3+ motors and 4+ sensors?

I need to use multiple bricks in order to use more motors and sensors. I need to read sensor values, and tell motors to move. I've tried using bluetooth, however my attempts haven't been very ...
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Need help fudging a group in 8039

So, I'm building "8039 Venator-class Republic Attack Cruiser ™ Star Wars TM" and I've hit a snag. I need help fudging the instruction from page 76 of book 1 for that set (see picture below). I'm ...
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Is it possible to buy a bulk of 1000s of basic bricks (mostly 2x4)?

Several years ago I remember being able to walk into toy shops and actually shovel lego bricks into a bag and thus buy them in bulk. Unfortunately I can't seem to find stores anymore that offer this ...
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Which LEGO Technic sets include instructions to add the Power Functions accessory box?

Some LEGO Technic sets apparently come with instructions to add a motor, using the pieces from the Power Function Accessory Box (set 8293). Is there a list of the sets which do contain such ...
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Can you identify this model of a yellow truck?

It's part of a series of models I had as a kid that I want to take apart for my own kids now, and I'm looking for the original instructions. Can you identify this one?
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How can I use multiple switch options in Lego Mindstorms EV3 software?

What I see is just a simple if/then/else. What I am looking for is to be able to add multiple options, more than yes/no. I use a motor as a switcher, so I rotate it to some position and measure its ...
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What was the first set produced by The LEGO Group?

What was the first Lego set produced, and when was it first released?
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Identify these (Technic Steering) parts?

These three parts do not have part numbers on them, but it is clear they are LEGO parts (they have LEGO printed on them). I am trying to track down the set that these belong to, or at least a part ...
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Are there any additional robo center downloads for the nxt-g software?

It would be nice if there were additional entries under the animals, vehicles, machines and humanoid tabs. Supposedly there was some official LEGO web component to the software which appears to be ...
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What techniques can be used for laying plates at 45° angle?

I've seen a number of techniques for laying individual elements at 45° angles, but I need a consistent method for laying down larger plates at 45 degrees while maintaining close contact with the base ...
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EV3 Block problems?

I don't see what is wrong with the way i made my program. It looks like this. The idea is that in the while loop [01] shall the robot move forward until it see something brown. If it see ...
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Damage Boiling LEGO Bricks

I bought some LEGO bricks from shop on Bricklink and received them yesterday. In order to make sure that the pieces were nice and clean (they were used) so that my two year old can play with them, I ...
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How to minimize the impact of erroneous sensor readings?

A group including myself are using the Lego Mindstorm kit to design a robot that is going to compete in a school competition. However, the sensors aren't as reliable as we would like them to be, ...
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Can I buy an add on educational kit for my retail EV3?

We ordered the retail version of Lego EV3, and my son loves it and wants to do more. Are there any add on kits we can buy to expand upon what we have, ie add on motors or special tech pieces, or an ...
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Should I buy the retail or education version of Mindstroms EV3?

There are other questions that list the differences in the retail and educational version but I cannot judge which one I should buy (educational or retail). I am buying Mindstorms for the first time, ...
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Price of EV3 education software

After looking around on the Lego Education website, I failed to find the price of the education software. I currently have the retail version of the software, but I want the extra features and blocks ...

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