8 Major Differences Between Mindstorms EV3 Education and Home Edition

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is a powerful tool used by children, used in education by teachers or by hobbyists at home to dig into the LEGO robotic world. With many differences between the Home and Education set, with this article I try to point out the major differences between the two LEGO EV3 versions.

With differences of sensors, motors, software, and pieces, it is important to know the differences in each category including here the software, hardware and parts. All of these three main categories come with more or less changes, and all of these will be displayed in the following.

The retail version has a focus on fun, while the educational set has a focus on learning.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313

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#Software

Two small differences in software between retail and educational versions of the LEGO EV3.
On the software side are minor differences between Home and Education editions. Called EV3-G, the software comes with different icons and both editions can be installed on the same computer.
Since additional modules can be added only for educational package, these components can be loaded only on the Education version of the software.

Another slight difference is in the firmware that comes with on-board datalogging capabilities only for Education version. This small electronic device is designed to records data over time for built-in or external instruments and sensors.

In the marketing area is also a difference where Home edition is a version directed for 8-14 aged boys, while the Education version is directed for use in education by teachers or by hobbyists.

EV3 Education vs EV3 Home – Software

EducationHome
Programming EV3-G EV3-G
Datalogging Software YesNo
Contents Editor YesNo

#Hardware

At least 4 differences in hardware between EV3 Home and Education set.
With pluses and minuses in terms of hardware, I have to recognize that here are the effective differences between the EV3 Home and Education versions. The retail version includes a small amount of components compared with educational set, components that include one small motor, 2 large motors, and four sensors (touch, color, infrared proximity, and remote IR beacon).

The educational set includes the castor wheel, 1 small motor, 2 large motors, 2 touch, 1 color and 1 ultrasonic sensor with red LED, 1 gyro, 1 rechargeable battery, and the possibility to download the EV3 software. Additional, the education set comes with up to 500 more bricks than the Home set.

As a minuses in terms of hardware, it is disappointing that in the educational kit is not included an IR sensor or IR remote beacon.

EV3 Education vs EV3 Home – Hardware

EducationHome
Rechargeable Battery Yes No
Intelligent Brick 11
IR Beacon (Infrared Remote Control) 01
Infrared Sensor 01
Ultrasonic Sensor 10
Touch Sensor 21
Color Sensor 11
Gyro Sensor 10
Large Motor 22
Middle Motor 11

#Parts

10+ pieces the difference between retail and educational set.
With a difference of overall 10 elements between retail and educational versions, there is also a huge gap between the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 sets. The retail version comes with a total number of 541 pieces, while the educational version comes with more than 550 pieces.

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  1. Hi. I’m trying to help my son decide between the retail and educational sets. He may or may not use it for FLL. Am I understanding correctly that the educational software is an extra $99? Are there any reasons you can think of that he would be disappointed with the retail set?

    Thank you.

    • You can opt to not buy SW with educational version and can continue using free SW which gives you all the capabilities except the data logging. Education version is 10.00 dollars cheaper in US. Educational version does come with rechargeable batteries and chargers which is a must IMO and cost about $75.00 in US.

  2. I’m about to jump into my first year of coaching/sponsoring a FLL team for my kids and their friends. Thank you – this is a GREAT breakdown between the two options for purchasing hardware/software! However, I’m confused by what you mean here – it seems contradictory – does the educational set contain 500 more bricks, or 10+ more bricks? or are you saying 500 more Technic bricks vs. standard bricks?

    Additional(ly), the education set comes with up to 500 more bricks than the Home set.

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    10+ pieces the difference between retail and educational set.
    With a difference of overall 10 elements between retail and educational versions, there is also a huge gap between the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 sets. The retail version comes with a total number of 541 pieces, while the educational version comes with more than 550 pieces.

  3. Is there anywhere that shows the actual part numbers of pieces that are in the education edition that are NOT in the home edition?

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