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When do the Lego Minecraft Sets Come Out?

It seemed like a match made in heaven – a blocky video game that geeks everywhere have gone crazy for, and LEGO building blocks that geeks everywhere have been crazy about for a long time.


It’s official: LEGO will release a Minecraft themed set this summer.

If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, let us help: it’s a sandbox game that allows you to build anything you can imagine – out of blocks. When playing the game, it feels like you’ve fallen into an an old eight-bit game, ala Mario. So naturally, the game is a perfect fit for LEGO.

One Block at a Time
Minecraft has inspired an entire generation of builders. In the game players can (and have) create anything their hearts desire – there’s the player that made a recreation of World of Warcraft, the guy that made a 16-bit computer and the Minecraft player who created the starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Now players will be able to recreate those same digital landscapes using LEGO’s.


The Minecraft creators playing with the new LEGO sets, picture via Reddit. 

The set got it’s start on Lego’s Cuusoo project, via Mojang, the creator of Minecraft. Lego’s Cuusoo is a Kickstarter-like blog that lets LEGO’ers submit ideas they’d like to see made into new sets. The Minecraft project got over 10,000 votes practically overnight, and is now on the way to becoming a real set.

The first LEGO micro-scale Minecraft set features four different sections that can be arranged like the Minecraft landscape, with water, wood, sand, stone and lava. The set also features Steve the Adventurer and the Creeper. You can preorder the Minecraft set exclusively through J!NX. The set will release this summer, and be eventually be available via LEGO stores.

Let Go My LEGO’s 
LEGO’s just get cooler all the time. LEGO even makes a LEGO robotics kit that lets you build and program your own robot. What are you planning on building with your LEGO Minecraft set?

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Join the Robotics Revolution!

Robotics used to be a hobby reserved for that odd, brainy kid down the street – the geek who was building something in secret, from plans he found in Popular Mechanics. Today’s robots do it all: drive, walk and even clean your home. Today’s robots are smarter and more powerful than ever before – and they’re being built and programmed by people just like you!


A robotics programmer in Digital Media Academy’s Programming & Robotics course.

LEGO’s NXT Robotics Kit: Bits, Bricks & Gears
These days, robot hobbyists are creating all kinds of different robots with the acclaimed LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics Kit. These custom-built robots have some amazing talents – some can walk, some can drive, some robots even climb ropes. Using everything from pulleys, gears and programmable appendages, these days there’s almost nothing you can’t program a robot to do. LEGO’s Mindstorm NXT kits give builders lots of creative options. But it’s the program’s ease of use and ability to modify robots that has endeared the NXT to a whole new breed of robot-builders. LEGO estimates that the average user can create their first robot with the NXT 2.0 toolkit within a half hour.


“Take me to your leader!”: LEGO’s NXT kit lets you play mad scientist and mechanical engineer.

It’s a simple, component-based system of interchangeable parts that lets you build a variety of programmable robots and other mechanical creations. At the heart of the NXT is an intelligent microcomputer (or programmable brick), that serves as the brain of any robot an inventor might make. The brick contains a 32-bit microprocessor, a matrix display, input and output ports and a communication link that uses Bluetooth and USB technology.


The LEGO NXT brick and sensors.

The brick works with three interactive servo motors which can be attached to arms or legs; these robotic appendages carry out the motion programmed into the brick. The 2.0 toolkit gives builders 612 individual pieces of LEGO robotics hardware, and the kit features different types of sensors that can guide a robots actions according to sound, touch, and color information received by the brick.

This Means (Robot) War!
Robots are more popular than ever, so where is all this robo-mania headed? Why, straight to the fighting arena, of course! And we’re not talking about Real Steal, the new sci-fi action flick starring Hugh Jackman as a robot-fight trainer in the future:


Hugh Jackman trains and programs rock-em’, sock-em’ robots.

No, this battle is for real. It’s a battle of robot-maker against robot-maker. Where tricked-out fighting robots declare war on each other, and go head to head in a battle royal. At Digital Media Academy, students in the Programming & Robotics course compete to build the perfect battle robot (or Sumo-bot), and end their week-long session by waging a robotic sumo competition to see whose techno-creation can kick the most robot butt.

As hobbies go, building robots is one pastime that could not only challenge your brain, but help provide a future career. If you want to learn mechanical engineering, building robots is a great way to get started.

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