Lego Combines Coding and Robotics with New Educational Program for Kids
At CES 2016, Lego Education announced Wedo 2.0, which combines Legos, software, and real world projects to teach 2nd to 4th grade students about science and technology. Among other new features, updates include compatibility with more platforms, a move from USB to BLE connected robots, and tools for documentation and sharing.
The Wedo program combines hardware and software to give students more than 40 hours of hands-on learning. The software uses a drag-and-drop graphical UI to teach introductory programming concepts. Students build Lego robots that are connected and controlled by the Wedo 2.0 programming app via Bluetooth. For example, “Mini Milo” tasks students to build a programmable space rover while learning about space rovers and how they are used.
Wedo 2.0 is licensed to schools. Lego hopes to ignite student’s curiosity and an interest in science and technology.
Make science come to life
Your second- through fourth-graders can gain a deeper insight into science when you use WeDo 2.0 to create engaging, high impact lessons.
The hands-on tools encourage pupils to get involved in science exploration by asking questions, analyzing data and communicating their findings, while the curriculum pack covers real science practices linked to the Next Generation Science Standards, including gathering evidence, carrying out investigations and designing prototypes.
The core set comes with a programmable Smarthub, motor, two sensors and 280 building elements, plus software which includes one Get Started Project, delivering an introductory experience to the resource.
Curriculum based learning
Promote investigation, experimentation and develop computing skills. Built on the Next Generation Science Standards for second- through fourth-grades, the WeDo 2.0 Curriculum Pack delivers key content while incorporating activities across science, engineering, and technology. Included is material for delivering 17 projects totaling more than 40 hours of content, plus resources such as learning grids, integrated assessment tools and ideas for differentiation.