Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas is a book by computer scientist Seymour Papert, in which he argues for the benefits of teaching computer literacy in primary and secondary education.[1] It was published by Basic Books in 1980, and republished in a new edition by Basic Books in 1993.

Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas
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First edition
AuthorSeymour Papert
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesHarvester Studies in Cognitive Science
Release number
SubjectComputer literacy
Published1980 (Harvester Press)
Media typePrint

The Lego Mindstorms programmable construction set system is named after the book.[2]

In 2017, thanks to Papert's family the book was made freely available online here.

Papert describes the Turtle as an "object-to-think-with" and discusses many code examples of Turtle Graphics.


  1. ^ "Mindstorms". BasicBooks.com. Basic Books.
  2. ^ Bumgardner, Jim (March 2007). "The Origins of Mindstorms". Wired.