The Christmas season is here again! To celebrate this joyful time, we at RoboCAMP have decided to share a little gift with all of you LEGO Mindstorms EV3 enthusiasts.

If you like the idea of inviting the Christmas spirit into the scientific world of robotics, take a look at our new robot model – Santa Claus’s sleigh, consisting of a functional sleigh, Santa himself and two of his favorite reindeers! We are sure that it will look awesome under your Christmas tree! To build your own model, follow the instructions below.

And there is more! Send a picture of a this model under your Christmas tree to or post it on our Facebook page with the tag #robocamp. The winner will get six months of free access to a RoboCAMP lesson plan of his/her choosing with instructions for lots of great LEGO models. Good luck!

The sleigh is powered by two large EV3 motors, which move little wheels that are hidden from view. A medium motor moves both reindeer. Their legs move simultaneously and their heads bob from time to time. The model is made with a single LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313 set – no additional parts are needed.

To build Santa Claus’s sleigh, follow the interactive building instructions below. They are long but totally worth the effort!

The construction is designed to be controlled with the infra-red remote controller that comes with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set. To download the ready-to-use program for Santa’s sleigh, simply click here.

Have fun with the robot!