The Lego Education division of Lego has announced at CES 2016 this week that a new version of its WeDo robotics kits will be made available for elementary school students.
The new Lego WeDo 2.0 platform has been specifically designed to enable students to enjoy programming, robotics and engineering as well as be used as a tool for teaching STEM.
The tapes are equipped with a Bluetooth Low Energy-based hub that connects to a motor, as well as motion and tilt sensors in the basic package together with the obligatory Lego bricks allowing students to create a wide variety of projects as well as anything else we can imagine.
As part of the rollout of the new Lego WeDo 2.0 platform and kits, the company will also offers schools a curriculum, the Tech Crunch website and Lego explain more :
With more than 40 hours of lessons that are built on the key science standards typically taught in second to fourth grade. Some of these are basic engineering projects like building a small truck for a lesson on recycling, while use the LEGO bricks to teach students about plants and pollination — a life science project you wouldn’t immediately associate with LEGO bricks.
WeDo 2.0 is now available and the software will run on PCs, Macs, iPads and Android tablets and phones. Lego tells me support for Chromebooks, which are getting increasingly popular in schools, will arrive in the second half of 2016.
Few tools generate as much excitement in the classroom as those that enable students to truly take charge of their own learning. With LEGO Education WeDo, students don’t just know, they do. Designed for children grades 2-5, WeDo is a learning solution that brings together technology, curriculum and hands-on work, and is aligned with key educational standards and learning objectives.
The project-based activities included in the curriculum pack help build science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge while incorporating lessons in language arts. Working in pairs, your students will utilize their skills to create moving models, all while enhancing their creative and problem-solving abilities.