LEGO Ideas wants you to design a new MINDSTORMS robot

The latest LEGO Ideas contest wants you to dive into MINDSTORMS, with some great prizes up for grabs.

The fourth generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS, 51515 Robot Inventor, has just launched worldwide. And the five-in-one model offers budding programmers a range of different robots – but the LEGO Ideas team wants more. One more, to be precise: for its latest contest, you’ll need to design a sixth model for 51515 Robot Inventor.

There are two ways to get involved. You can either grab your bricks and build something physically, or show off your concept using pencil and paper. Whichever you choose, you’ll need to incorporate either the current of previous generation of MINDSTORMS technology. So if you haven’t picked up 51515 Robot Inventor yet, you can still use 31313 MINDSTORMS EV3.

All entries need to include a description of its functions. And if you’re building physically, you can even submit videos of your robot in action. Or you can include an animated concept, or code – whatever you think will help impress the judging panel, which consists of two expert LEGO fans and one MINDSTORMS designer.

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As always, the winners will be chosen based on four criteria:

  • Overall coolness and originality: 25%
  • Most inspired details: 25%
  • Relevance to contest theme: 25%
  • Best use of LEGO elements: 25%

Two grand prize winners will receive a copy of 51515 Robot Inventor and 40413 Mini Robots. Two runners-up will receive 51515 Robot Inventor. And two randomly-chosen winners will also receive a copy of the new LEGO MINDSTORMS set, which retails for £329.99. Even if you’re not that technically-minded, then, you’ll still be in with a shot of taking home a seriously cool prize.

You’ve got until December 8 at 11am GMT to get your entry in. Check out the contest page to find out more.

While the LEGO Ideas art contest ends today, there’s still one other competition running over on the crowdsourcing platform. The LEGO Star Wars Christmas contest asks fans to reimagine a classic LEGO Star Wars vehicle with a festive twist.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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