As reported by Lego fan sites like Brick fanatics and A brickLego is discontinuing its Mindstorms kits, which were designed to let people make robots out of Lego bricks, pins, beams, motors, gears and other parts, and then program them using Lego Control Centers (through Gizmodo). The devices are marketed as a way to allow children and adults to easily build and program robots since 1998.

While the company isn’t quite done with the idea of ​​educational robotics kits, it will stop selling its Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit by the end of this year.

The company’s statements suggest there is an end date for its support for the various apps used to program and control Mindstorms robots on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows and Fire OS, saying it will support them until “at least the end of 2024.” This does not mean that the robot control blocks will necessarily become useless bricks. There is open source tools for writing and uploading code to them that isn’t made by Lego, although the lack of official tools can make things more difficult for younger or inexperienced builders.

People with Mindstorms sets may need some creativity to program them – but that’s what Lego is all about.

According to the statement released by A brick, Lego will have the Mindstorms team work on other parts of the business, though it didn’t provide details on what they’ll be doing. Lego did not immediately respond On the edgerequest for comment.