EV3 (They haven't been released yet) but they do have the mat or board that the group is going to be working on. This years theme is Nature's Fury. This means it has something to do with a Natural Disaster.
When I picked Ian up from his meeting with their coach he said the board looks like they are supposed to be cleaning up after a disaster of some sort. Evidently the team coach was sent the board and props but no EV3 and no official challenge yet. I guess it doesn't officially start for a few more weeks but the boys are getting a jump start on planning what they think the scenario may be.
After the meeting Ian is also more and more convinced that he needs and EV3. Last Summer the kids pitched in all their hard earned money and bought an NXT 2.0. Ian has LOVED this but in January found out that Lego was coming out with a newer version. Isn't this the story of our lives. As soon as we buy something it is already out of date. So the $280 set is now old school and he wants the latest model. It is what they will be using for their challenge but the $350 price tag means it isn't making its way to our house any time really soon.