Lego’s Spike Prime kit features over 500 Technic parts and pieces and is programmed using a Scratch-based app. (Image credit: Lego)
LEGO has announced a new educational STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) platform designed to teach kids about robotics, engineering, and coding. The company’s Educational Spike Prime Set is targeted at kids in grades 6th through 8th and features over 500 Technic pieces, along with a new coding app that’s based on Scratch.
According to LEGO, “Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, SPIKE Prime continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level.”
The Spike Prime kit contains everything needed to build nearly anything- robots, RC/autonomous vehicles, IoT devices, and more. Beyond the Technic pieces, the box of fun features a 3 X 3 frame designed to make building easier, 3X motors, 3X sensors, and a Smart Hub that’s outfitted with six connection ports, 6-axis gyroscope, 5 X 5 LED matrix, Bluetooth, speaker, and a rechargeable battery. The box the kit comes in also contains packaging that doubles as storage units for the various pieces.
LEGO’s Spike App provides kids with a Scratch-based programming platform with the same drag-and-drop GUI, making it simple for them to learn how to code their creations. The App can also be used with a myriad of operating systems, including Windows, iOS, Chrome, Mac, and Android. Kids and teachers alike will also have access to LEGO’s Spike Prime Units, which are 45-minute lessons designed to provide critical thinking skills through complex challenges. Teachers can also take advantage of lesson plans in all STEAM areas to help them get started in the classroom. LEGO’s Spike Prime Set will be available in August and is expected to cost $329.95.
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