Most of us are very familiar with the LEGO® Education’s blocks and kits. These tools have entertained countless children for many hours on end. It has also fostered the skills of creativity and planning which are crucial in executing projects that are lengthy and contain a lot of parts.
Amazing, right? What if we told you that LEGO® Education’s bricks could also be used for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field? This is possible through LEGO® education wing, LEGO® Education that aims to bring subjects to life in the classroom and make learning enjoyable and impactful through a wide variety of physical and digital resources. These resources encourage children to engage in creative thinking, systematic reasoning, and unlock their potential so that they can take charge of shaping their future.
The solutions designed by LEGO® Education are targeted at the pre-school, elementary, and middle school grade levels, which are the school years that are the most formative in the education journey of a young learner. In these years, learners possess the curiosity and willingness to learn, making the job easier. The integration of LEGO® Education’s blocks therefore lead to a playful and curiosity-inducing environment and this environment is then supplemented with material that is appropriate to the curriculum being taught.
To put all these concepts into practice, let us introduce the LEGO® Education Coding Express, an intuitive and creative solution that builds on the curiosity, creativity and desire of preschool children to teach them basic coding concepts and modern day skills that they might need much later in their life.
The LEGO® Education Coding Express is based on the popular train theme, which fuses together a vehicle loved by many children and learning concepts that can be activated by that vehicle in a particular format. This solution contains 234 DUPLO bricks that includes a train with light and sounds which can be pushed, a motor to make the little train run about, 5 coloured action bricks and a colour sensor to act on those bricks, as well as two railroad switches.
By combining the familiarity of the train with the action bricks, young learners will have a chance to learn key coding concepts, such as sequencing, looping, conditional coding, and cause and effect. The action bricks allow children to test and redesign ways to problem-solve and collaborate with their friends and peers in the process to get the train to its final destination.
This fun learning is based on the work of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and several learning frameworks – the 21st Century Early Learning Framework and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework – and these guidelines ensure that proper lessons are designed for young learners.
In addition to this, the LEGO® Education Coding Express kit can be paired with a free mobile app that allows learners to engage with 4 activities. These activities then alter the way the action bricks behave, causing the train to act differently in each scenario.
In conclusion, the LEGO® Education Coding Express physical kit and mobile app introduces the basic coding concepts which can be applied in the real world, such as sequencing or ordering of actions, and cause and effect which teaches learners that every action can have an effect on something – be it positive or negative.
The LEGO® Education Coding Express set can accommodate 6 children to one kit. This kit is aimed at children who are aged 2 years and above. It contains 8 enriching lessons for kids to keep themselves occupied. They will learn new and interesting concepts without even knowing that they are doing so, it will be that engaging.