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FAQs

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3

General EV3 Questions

I’ve read about EV3 Lab and EV3 Programming, but what’s the difference?

Click here for a comparison of EV3 Lab and EV3 Programming, including which languages the software is available in.


Using EV3

How can I program my EV3 Intelligent Brick?

You can program your EV3 Brick using any of the following methods: 

  • On-brick programming
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Lab


Can I create my own Programming Blocks in EV3 Lab?

Yes. For most users, the tool is called My Blocks Builder and is available in the Tools menu within EV3 Lab. 

 

How do I program the sensors in EV3 Programming?

To program sensors connected to your EV3 Brick using EV3 Programming, select the relevant Programming Blocks from the orange Flow Category in the Programming Palette, click here to watch the tutorial video.

 

Can I use the projects I create with EV3 Programming in EV3 Lab?

Yes. Even though the file formats are different, you can export your EV3 Programming projects to EV3 Lab and continue to work on them there. Please note that you cannot open projects created with EV3 Lab in EV3 Programming.

 

Can I use the official EV3 curriculum material with EV3 Programming?

Some EV3 curriculum packs can be used with EV3 Programming. Please click here for further details.

 

Can I use the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Home Edition in my classroom?

In theory it is possible, though in reality it is difficult since the two products differ significantly. The Home Edition software does not include all of the Programming Blocks needed to fully control the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 hardware. The Home Edition software also includes no Datalogging module or Content Editor Teacher Mode. Neither is it possible to utilize the Robot Educator Learning Tool together with the Home Edition hardware, as the set does not include all of the elements needed to build the Robot Educator model.

 

Updating

How do I update EV3 Lab?

To have EV3 Lab periodically check for updates, open the Help menu and click Check for Software Updates (an Internet connection is required). EV3 Lab will notify you when an update becomes available. When you accept the update, you will be taken to a website where you can download the update file (https://education.lego.com/en-us/downloads/mindstorms-ev3). Once downloaded, you can install the update.

 

How do I update my EV3 Brick firmware?

Please click here for instructions on updating the firmware on your EV3 Brick.

 

Programming Platforms

What programming platforms can I use with LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 ?

Please click here for more information about compatibility with various coding platforms.

 

NXT Compatibility

Is LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 backward-compatible with NXT Hardware?

Yes. Using EV3 Lab you can program your NXT Intelligent Brick, sensors and motors. However, not all software features are supported by the NXT Brick. Please note that you cannot program your EV3 Brick using the NXT software.

Please note that although the EV3 Programming app cannot communicate with the NXT Brick, NXT sensors and motors connected to an EV3 Brick can be programmed in the same way as the equivalent EV3 sensors and motors using the app.

 

Which hardware and software can I use with NXT and my EV3 Brick? 

Please refer to the chart below to see which hardware is compatible with your EV3 Brick:

 

EV3 Brick

NXT Brick

EV3 Motors

Yes

Yes

EV3 Sensors

Yes

No

EV3 Lab

Yes

Yes

NXT Motors

Yes

Yes

NXT Sensors

Yes

Yes

NXT Software

No

Yes

 

Batteries                      

What type of batteries can I use with my EV3 Brick?

We recommend using AA alkaline batteries or a LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 rechargeable lithium battery with your EV3 Brick. If a charger is included with your set, it will be supplied in a separate box. If you would like to purchase a charger, please contact your local LEGO Education distributor.

 

Are EV3 Brick and NXT Brick batteries interchangeable?

No, but you can charge your EV3 Brick using an NXT DC charger. Note that there are two different chargers for NXT, so please ensure that your charger has this icon:

 

 

Troubleshooting

What if I can’t pair my device with my EV3 Brick?

Please click here for help troubleshooting your Bluetooth connection.

 

How do I reset my EV3 Brick and when is it necessary?

If your EV3 Brick suddenly stops working and you are unable to shut it down using the normal process, you will need to reset it. Please click herefor help resetting your EV3 Brick.

 Resetting the EV3 Brick does not delete files and projects from previous sessions, though any files and projects you were using when your EV3 Brick stopped working will be lost.

 

Why can’t I find my curriculum packs in EV3 Lab?

Curriculumpacks are downloaded directly into EV3 Lab. If you don’t see them in the lobby, please double-check that you have downloaded the correct language version (if you have the ENUS version of EV3 Lab you also need to install the ENUS curriculum pack).

 

Additional Resources

For more information, check out the EV3 support pages and help resources within EV3 Lab and EV3 Programming.

 

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