Lego: Not just Building Blocks, Building Futures. - Show Notes

Lego: Not just Building Blocks, Building Futures.

Wednesday Jan 6, 2016 (00:06:17)

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We all know and love Lego blocks and building sets. But few of us realize that the Lego Education Division has been around for 35 years, interacting with educators, communities and families across the world. They pride themselves upon opening up a new world for kids through discovery, open ended problem solving and creativity.

At CES 2016, Lego Education introduced WeDo 2.0, an elementary STEM and Science Solution that brings science to life through Lego Robotics. With WeDo 2.0, kids can build a number of different Lego models that explore a variety of science concepts from earth science to life science to physical science. They believe that age appropriate technology is key to learning and development and that it's never too early to start. WeDo 2.0 has been developed for elementary age students.

With WeDo, kids will learn the basics of coding and programming by working with motors and sensors as well as exploring science in general. The software interface is easy for both students and teachers with graphical and colorful icon based, drag and drop software that is used to interact with the Lego models to bring them to life. And this technology paves the way for the kids to move into more advanced robotics, such as Lego Mindstorms for middle school students and beyond.

And Lego Education makes it easy for teachers, mentors and parents to get involved and assist the kids throughout the process, even they you don't have a lot of tech experience or background. The interactive sets and lessons are great in the classroom, as they help with ingenuity and teamwork, and also perfect for extracurricular activities such as FIRST Lego League Jr.

Find out more at the Lego Education website, with sets starting at about $160 for the core set, which has capabilities for several different projects as well as software access.

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