Fan created logo designed by Marina Stamboli, Greece
In honor of LEGO® MINDSTORMS 20th ANNIVERSARY the LEGO HOUSE in Billund, Denmark held an exhibition from Sept 1st to 16th 2018. Of course there was also the traditional celebration cake for all the employees that have been involved with MINDSTORMS throughout the years.
#MINDSTORMS20 Celebration cake, Billund, Denmark
The large MINDSTORMS family
The exhibit featuring 20 years of creations from fan around the world
In September 2018, LEGO® MINDSTORMS celebrates it’s 20th anniversary.
journey began in September 1998. That year, the LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX
Robotics Invention System was launched after nearly a decade of
collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to
develop an “intelligent brick” that would bring LEGO creations to life
via computer programming, motors, and sensors. The late Seymour Papert
developed the ideas behind the “intelligent brick”. Together with MIT’s
Media Lab, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and LEGO, Papert helped to develop
Shortly after the launch in 1998, Kjeld Kirk
Kristiansen and inventor Dean Kamen, founded FIRST* LEGO League – a
robotics competition for middle school students. Today, the competition
has grown to 35.000 teams with over 250.000 children in 88 countries.
started with LEGO MINDSTORMS in 1998, sparked the expansion of new
offerings for children and playful adults to explore robotics and
coding. LEGO now has an entire spectrum of products for children to
learn coding: LEGO MINDSTORMS and WeDo were created by the educational
division LEGO Education, LEGO BOOST was developed for younger children,
and the newly launched LEGO DUPLO Train gives preschoolers a great way
to start coding.
Since the launch of MINDSTORMS a large and very
passionate community of robotics and LEGO fans have played a vital role
in inspiring children, future engineers, and software developers, by
pushing the limits for what you can do with LEGO MINDSTORMS. This
exhibition in front of you is a tribute to all the inspiration the fans
have given to the robot builders of tomorrow. The community is organized
* For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
Below is a video edited by robotmak3rs' Ahmad Sahar featuring every robot that was presented at the exhibit.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Milestones:
1998: The Robotics Invention System is launched simultaneously in the
United States and the United Kingdom. Two expansion sets, RoboSports and
Extreme Creatures, are also made available.
September 1999: The
Robotics Discovery Set, Ultimate Accessory Set, Droid Developer Kit and
the Robotics Invention System 1.5 are released in the United States.
2000: The Robotics Invention System 2.0, Dark Side Developer Kit™ (a
pre-programmed, remote controlled robot kit), Vision Command System™ (a
PC camera expansion kit for the RIS), and Exploration Mars™ (themed
robot challenges, building instructions and games for the RIS) expansion
set are unveiled at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
August 2006: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT is launched
April 2007: FIRST LEGO League exceeds 100,000 participants for the first time.
May 2008: LEGO MINDSTORMS is inducted to the Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame.
August 2009: The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 platform iteration is released.
2013: The 15th anniversary of LEGO MINDSTORMS is celebrated and the
next generation platform, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, is unveiled at the
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
September 2013: The third incarnation of LEGO robotics, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, is launched worldwide.