MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Retirement FAQs 95

MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Retirement FAQs


LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 launched in 2013 and has enjoyed a long and incredibly successful journey. The product has now reached its natural end of life and will be listed as “retiring soon” on the LEGO® Education website.

With the changing curriculums in education, we see great opportunities with our newest solutions such as LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime , and are excited to see what the future of LEGO Education will bring. LEGO Education will support updates to the current apps on the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 platform and Consumer Service will be available for tech support and to fulfill tech spare parts until 2023.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. Thank you!

Why is LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 retiring?  
EV3 launched in 2013 and has enjoyed a long and incredibly successful performance. It has reached its natural end of life.

When will MINDSTORMS Education EV3 retire? 
MINDSTORMS Education EV3 will no longer be available for purchase starting June 30th, 2021. LEGO Education will continue to support the current apps for two years from the exit date.

How long will consumers be able to purchase LEGO Education EV3?
In the U.S., sales will continue until June 30th,2021 depending on stock availability. On July 1st, EV3 will be removed from the U.S. shop page. Customers in markets outside of the U.S. will be able to purchase LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 through partners until the product runs out of stock.

What will happen with MINDSTORM Education EV3 Lesson Plans? 
All content will continue to be live and visible for the 2 years maintenance period. After the 2 years, MINDSTORMS Education EV3 lessons will be available on the “retired products” webpage.

Is the product retirement global or will there be a roll out on how it retires across markets?
The LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 retirement is global. The solution will be discontinued worldwide on June 30th, 2021. In markets with third-party partners, sales may continue beyond June 30th, 2021 until the partner is out of stock.

How long will customers outside of the U.S. be able to purchase EV3?
Customers in markets outside of the U.S. will be able to purchase LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 through partners until the product runs out of stock.

Who should we contact if they have product questions or issues after June 30th, 2021?
They should still contact Consumer Service for parts and technical support.  

Blog Product and Solution Updates 02/03/2021 11:58am EST

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So we have EV3's. A lot of them.

We have been doing the update for them to V1.10. However, the EV3 Lego Education Classroom App for Chromebooks only works on some devices that we had it installed on.

We can no longer add the app to other devices for use because it now shows unsupported.

Any ideas? Any way to get a download of the app to install on our c/books to run?

It seems as though all our classrooms are being forced to now buy SPIKE. We have over $14,000.00 in EV3's we bought and now they seem rendered at a no go…..

So, what are the next steps we can do???? HELP!

Firdaus BJ Firdaus BJ Dec '22

I don't really like Spike. It only has 6 ports compared to the EV3 8 ports. The wheels have poor traction and get dirty easily. The pieces with studs are not useful when building a practical robot. EV3 is by far more superior. The next version of EV3 should have looked like the Vex IQ which has a total of 12 ports. Even the name Spike sounds bad. It sounds too much like Covid. Get it ? Spike in Covid cases ? A much cooler name would be…EV4. Like !👍 Right now the app EV3 Classroom is secretly damaging the LCD screens of the EV3. Its all gone black ! Overall Spike is a pooly designed product.

I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I understand the EV3s are end of life and mindstorm is being discontinued and we will not be able to purchase them in the future.

Will we still be able to use the newer LEGO EV3 classroom software to program them moving forward for years to come? Or is the software end of life as well?

I am a teacher and this is a major change considering I need to rewrite an entire curriculum and order a whole new fleet of robots and I need to know if I have to rush to do this or if I have time over the course of a few years to roll this out while still using the old EV3s as long as they continue to physically function.

I just want to know if I can continue to use the EV3s and EV3 classroom software until my EV3s physically start to die out.

Please help 🥺

Will support for the EV3 continue through June of 2023 to provide for the completion of the academic year? The first paragraph states ‘until 2023’ and I would like to clarify whether that is referring to the calendar year or academic year. Please advise. Thank you for your assistance.

Will Lego release a new education specific replacement for the EV3 or is SPIKE™ Prime the replacement?
Spike will be difficult to compete with in RoboCub Open division.
Spike has 6 ports ver EV3 has 4in + 4out. 
Even with the onboard gyro, Spike still is short ports.
Hi I am so blessed to have been using Spike and Robot Inventor with my Upper primary classes since October 2019, through our wonder Australian vendor, it's been really hard getting support from our Education Departments and we needed to run our our pilots with loan kits to schools. We love that EV3 classroom, inventor and spike all have similar block based code and are using Tynker for WEDO. The main issue with Spike is that we need a better Expansion pack combo for schools, more cheap foldable mats and mission cards like Wonder Workshop.
Also many RFF teachers just get 40-50 min lessons so quick builds are best - I love RoboCup Jnr and FIRST for clubs and comps, but they are incredibly time consuming and classroom time is limited.
Are there any plans for some sort of exchange program for people who have EV3's and would like to upgrade?
Allen Vodi Allen Vodi Oct '21

There should be some form of financial assistance to move away from EV3 considering how much educators have invested in EV3 over the years. The clumsy way the new scratch based app was introduced and documented was bad enough.

Hi Tiffany Walker‍ - Thanks for your great question! While there are no plans at this time, I did share with the team and we'll be sure to update the community if any changes are made. EV3 will continue to be supported for two years after retirement. 
Thanks for the information.
After the end of life cycle of this good product, can Lego give us on PDF format all the help that is on: https://ev3-help-online.api.education.lego.com/Education/hu-hu/    ?
Yes, this is the help that is inside the original EV3 program....
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