How old do you have to be to do Lego Mindstorms?

The Lego Mindstorm page was extremely confusing. I am a programmer
and I found it very difficult to find anything on the language used.
I also found so many differerent variations and suites to program the
robots that I got lost.
All I really need to if a 7 and 10 year old can do them.
I saw several languages:
and on and on
One of the languages or interfaces looked visual, no programming -
typing code.
I'm really lost. Thanks for direction.
Is there a better site than the Lego Mindstorm homepage? Its forums
were terrible.
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The box says 12+ for the Robotics invention system. The Droid developer kit and Dark side developer kit are for ages 9+.
The programming is visual. You drag and drop blocks onto the screen. There's a fantastic tutorial.
I'm 43 and am not having a problem . I program with my 7 yo and my 4 yo. The 7yo has an idea. The 4 yo creates random program (he drags and drops blocks and we see what happens).
If you're willing to get involved, it's a lot of fun.
The programming is easy. I think building things that stay together is the hardest part.
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