One of the brands that seems to transcend all people of all ages is LEGO. I am constantly amazed at how the company continues to create unique products. LEGO Harry Potter products are some of my favorites, and my kids play with LEGO products almost every day. However, LEGO products are not just for offline gaming. In recent weeks I have tested the LEGO Spike Prime education set.
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Over the last ten years, we have all realized that children need a balance of offline games and online games. Thanks to companies like LEGO and Osmo, kids can now mix them. It’s not just about staring at a screen, but rather creating and watching it come to life on an iPad.
LEGO® Education SPIKE ™ Prime Set is the STEAM learning tool for 6th – 8th students. 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 learning level. From simple projects to unlimited creative design possibilities, including the ability to explore text-based coding with Python, SPIKE Prime helps students learn the essential STEAM and skills of the 21st century needed to become the innovative mind of tomorrow … while having it fun!
The set contains over 500 pieces and countless hours of activities to follow. There are many programming activities for children that help them build something and make it come to life using the LEGO Spike app. Each creation starts with the Spike hub that connects via Bluetooth, and then builds all the projects from it.
Last week I was able to start using the new training tracker unit. When I first received the set, it was not available, so there is one important thing to keep in mind: it is constantly evolving without the need to buy extra items. The training tracking device has been my absolute favorite thing I have used with the LEGO Spike Prime training kit. Have you ever wanted to build your own Fitbit style unit? Now you can. Have you ever wanted to make a yoga ring? Now you can. In the unit there are seven different activities you can do.
One of the most important elements I looked for when I first used this device was how easy it is to use in a classroom. LEGO has done a great job of creating content that helps teachers in all skill sets make lesson plans by showing expected time, equipment needed, and guiding them throughout the lesson.
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Overall, the set is a fantastic value. It provides many opportunities for children to build objects and use age-appropriate coding tools to make them come alive. It may not be possible to have an entire classroom set at the price point. However, even if it is only a center in a STEM laboratory, it can provide hours of activity. The app is well executed and light enough for the children to use alone without the teacher needing help.
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