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Lego Boost empowers kids to customize their own model and program unique actions

While Lego Mindstorm, a series of kits that allows you to create customizable programmable robots, has been available for years for kids 10 and up for years, there hasn’t been a similar product for younger children up until now. At the CES 2017 in January 2017, Lego introduced five new robots that are part of a series called Lego Boost that can teach children as young as seven to code.

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The Boost kit comes with five models including Vernie, a funny robot, Frankie a robotic cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4(M.T.R.4) and the Autobuilder that kids can program. The core system is battery powered and controls multiple motors with two sensor that control color and motion.

The new Lego toy set encourages endless play which has been a pillar of the Lego brand since its inception with an easy-to-use app-based coding system. Kids are able to program Vernie to do just about anything including being a rapper, a comedian and a dancer. The app for Lego Boost gives kids building instructions and simple coding commands to bring each of the robots to life. The program is set up in a way that allows children to build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding block in a simple horizontal layout.

Kids are able to program the robots to perform sets of actions and record their own voice so the robots speak in the child’s voice. With more that 60 activities the app allows children to explore building, coding and most importantly playing with the robots.

The robot set will be available in the second half of 2017 for $160. Aimed at kids aged 7-12 Lego Boost comes with 843 Lego elements and a playmat that makes it easy to do coding challenges.

Lego Boost

While Lego Mindstorm, a series of kits that allows you to create customizable programmable robots, has been available for years for kids 10 and up for years, there hasn’t been a similar product for younger children up until now. At the CES 2017 in January 2017, Lego introduced five new robots that are part of a series called Lego Boost that can teach children as young as seven to code.

The Boost kit comes with five models including Vernie, a funny robot, Frankie a robotic cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4(M.T.R.4) and the Autobuilder that kids can program. The core system is battery powered and controls multiple motors with two sensor that control color and motion.