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Can I use Vernier sensors with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3?

Yes, you can combine Vernier sensors with LEGO EV3.

There are different methods to combine Vernier sensors with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set with Charger, order code LEGO-EV3-CORE, $412, depending on the software you are using.

MINDSTORMS:

If you are using the MINDSTORMS software you can connect certain Vernier LabQuest sensors. You will need our adapter and you will need to add the Vernier EV3 sensor block to the software. We also have a book of projects that use Vernier sensors with MINDSTORMS software.

The NXT Sensor Adapter, order code BTA-NXT, $39 is an adapter for connecting Vernier analog (BTA) sensors to EV3.

To use the NXT Sensor Adapter with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 software, you need the Vernier EV3 Sensor Block. Download the block from here:
https://www.vernier.com/engineering/lego-nxt/vernier-sensor-block/

For a list of sensors supported in the EV3 system, scroll down to the NXT Sensor Adapter Compatible Sensors section of this web page:
https://www.vernier.com/products/interfaces/bta-nxt/

Vernier Engineering Projects with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 (Electronic Version), order code EP-EV3-E, $40 contains 13 engineering challenges for use with the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set. This book is perfect to challenge upper middle school and high school students to build and program robots for testing batteries, locating “land mines”, automating plant watering, and more.

Engineering Projects with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, order code LEGO-EP, $808 is a package that contains all the sensors needed for the projects in the Vernier Engineering Projects with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 lab book.

SCRATCH 3:

If you are programming with Scratch 3, you can communicate with the EV3 using the Scratch EV3 extension and simultaneously communicate with Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor, order code GDX-FOR, $99 using the Scratch Vernier Go Direct Force and Acceleration extension. For more information visit this web page:
https://scratch.mit.edu/vernier

LABVIEW:

If you are using NI-LabVIEW software you can use either Vernier Go Direct sensors or Vernier LabQuest sensors in conjunction with LEGO EV3.

To communicate with the EV3 you will need the NI LabVIEW Module for NXT/EV3. Find the download here.

LabVIEW with Go Direct Sensors:
After installing the LabVIEW Module for EV3 you will also need to download our LabVIEW files for Go Direct sensors. Find the download here:
https://www.vernier.com/engineering/ni-labview/downloads/go-direct/

LabVIEW with LabQuest Sensors:
You will need the NXT Sensor Adapter, order code BTA-NXT, $39. Use this adapter for connecting Vernier LabQuest analog (BTA) sensors to EV3.

After installing the LabVIEW Module for EV3 you will find a palette of subVIs in that download that can be used to communicate with certain Vernier LabQuest BTA sensors. This same palette of subVIs, as well as additional resources for using the NXT Sensor Adapter with LabVIEW, can be found here:
https://www.vernier.com/engineering/ni-labview/downloads/bta-nxt/

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