Lego Mindstorms EV3 is a great way to introduce kids into the world of programming by controlling the physical world with their computers. In this session students will get a chance to build a project from scratch with Lego bricks, deploy and run Java on the Mindstorms Intelligent Brick, and edit Java code on their laptops to make improvements to the projects. Lego Mindstorms hardware will be supplied for use during the lab; however, students are encouraged to continue exploring and learning at home.
Students should bring their own laptop with the following software prepared in advance:
1a. Windows installation: http://sourceforge.net/p/lejos/wiki/Windows%20Installation/
This will walk you through installing a 32-bit Java 7 JDK and LeJOS 0.8.1. Skip the SD Card setup instructions [I will be preparing those].
1b. Mac/Linux installation: http://sourceforge.net/p/lejos/wiki/Installing%20leJOS/
Please install JDK 7u67 ( http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html ) and LeJOS 0.8.1. Skip the SD Card setup instructions [I will be preparing those].
2. Install Eclipse and the LeJOS plugin: http://sourceforge.net/p/lejos/wiki/Installing%20the%20Eclipse%20plugin/
This will walk you through installing Eclipse 4.4.1 and the LeJOS EV3 plug-in.
Recommended Age: 8-14 years
• Please make sure to bring a water bottle/snacks for the attendees.
• Parents are required to stay at the facility for the entire duration of the workspace and may observe from back of the room. There is wifi at the venue and so you may consider bringing your favorite device(s) to stay connected.
• Meetup fees will cover the cost of a Devoxx4Kids t-shirt for the attendee.
Attending this meetup means you agree to media waiver (http://files.meetup.com/11434242/Images%2Band%2BVideos%2Bof%2BChildren%2BAgreement.pdf).
Donation to Charity: Devoxx4Kids is partnering with Unity Care and collecting gifts for foster kids. The suggested items are listed here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bJz7WXaA4PG2HDvavK99f66CvqwO-25Q9yr-cAwyKw8/edit). It would be great if you can bring any item from the list and drop them during registration.
More details about other workshops on this weekend are available at http://www.devoxx4kids.org/usa/funfest-2014/ .