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Old 02-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Legoland Mindstorms

We went to Legoland in CA last Feb and in order to participate in the Mindstorms program you had to register at the building in the morning for a session later in the day.

My DH is taking our DS to Legoland in FL in April and the Mindstorms is the one thing he wants to do the most. Does it work the same way, that you register early? I can't find any information on that anywhere.
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I would expect so.
We were told before our CA trip to make the building our first stop in the morning so we could sign up for a Mindstorms class.
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That will be the plan then. On our trip in CA we lucked out because it showed the Mindstorms closed for the date we were there online. We happened to walk by the lady holding a clipboard and I asked if that was for the Mindstorms, it was. My DS was so excited, he didn't think he would get to do it.
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The Mindstorm is in the large building where they build their cars to race each other. We went about mid-morning and signed him up for a group a bit later. Each group takes about an hour. So we got some lunch, and came back and relaxed in a chair while DS built his car and raced against the other kids. Mindstorm is a great introduction to the Robotics teams they have in elementary & middle schools. Hopefully your schools have that program too.
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The class my daughter took used one of the robots to do "missions" -- rescue a figure from a platform, travel to a spot and pick up a rock, etc.
They use the same mission mats as the LegoLeague competitions.
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The Mindstorm is in the large building where they build their cars to race each other. We went about mid-morning and signed him up for a group a bit later. Each group takes about an hour. So we got some lunch, and came back and relaxed in a chair while DS built his car and raced against the other kids. Mindstorm is a great introduction to the Robotics teams they have in elementary & middle schools. Hopefully your schools have that program too.
He loved the class in CA. We are homeschooling now so we don't have the robotics teams. In the tiny town we live in they wouldn't have them at the schools either. But we can definitely create our own fun stuff.

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The class my daughter took used one of the robots to do "missions" -- rescue a figure from a platform, travel to a spot and pick up a rock, etc.
They use the same mission mats as the LegoLeague competitions.
I've heard in FL they have different classes, I will have to let my DH know to see what class he would want to do, and what time works for them.
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Depending on how crowded the park is that day, you may not get a choice in the time of the class, and have to see where they have any slots open. I think they scheduled them every 2 hrs. As for the LegoLeague Robotics teams, you may want to check in a larger town near you. Our Science Center down in Ft. Walton Beach has a team and over in the neighboring county there's a 4H team. And they also compete against ours. It's a great program!
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Depending on how crowded the park is that day, you may not get a choice in the time of the class, and have to see where they have any slots open. I think they scheduled them every 2 hrs. As for the LegoLeague Robotics teams, you may want to check in a larger town near you. Our Science Center down in Ft. Walton Beach has a team and over in the neighboring county there's a 4H team. And they also compete against ours. It's a great program!
Thanks for the info, I will let my DH know that it may be whichever class is available. I'm sure that will work fine. I'm giving my DH a rough touring plan (he likes having plans, hates making them) that he can easily alter to fit the class in at whatever time they get.

I will look into the LegoLeague teams. We are really isolated and the two neighboring towns are still very small and don't have a lot of things like that. Typically for these types of things we have to go to Albuquerque or Lubbock both of which are a 2 1/2 hour drive (one-way) for us. But I will look into it.
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