LEGO Robotics Kit Lets Kids Code Their Way to Mars
An educational division at the toy company created a system that allows blossoming developers to explore the Amazon rainforest and more
LEGO Mindstorm robots have worked, over the years, to get kids interested in science and programming. LEGO Education, a division of Denmark’s LEGO, unveiled a new system called WeDo 2.0 that continues with this effort, and helps teach children about engineering, technology and coding. The system contains hardware and software that give elementary school children more than 40 hours of projects to create.
The LEGO robotics that comes with WeDo 2.0 is a wireless and tablet-ready system that is designed for a younger crowd than LEGO Mindstorm products which are geared more toward middle and high school students. The lessons of the WeDo 2.0 correlate to educational standards in physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering. The lessons are geared towards students in second through fourth grade to solve real-world science problems.
The set comes with a number of LEGO bricks and includes a Bluetooth Low Energy-based hub that connects to a motor as well as motion and tilt sensors. The software in the package uses a drag-and-drop interface for writing basic applications that can connect to the hub and its sensors.
WeDo 2.0 allows children to explore, create and share their scientific discoveries along the way as they build and modify projects. In addition, teachers have the opportunity to receive support through training, curriculum and built-in assessments with eight guided projects and eight open ended projects the system offers.
Projects vary from the “Drop and Rescue” project, where students have to design a device to reduce the impacts of weather related-hazards for humans to projects that allow students to discover the surface of Mars with a model rover or explore the Amazon rainforest through frog metamorphosis.
LEGO Educational WeDo 2.0 is available now on iPad, Android, PC and Macs and can be bought for an individual child or a 24 Student Class Pack.