Benefits of “Lego Education” in teaching
Robustly, any of us when we were little played with LEGO, building bridges, houses, castles and what our imagination would allow us.
That company that emerged in Denmark in 1940 has been evolving and adapting to the times. In fact, currently has a department directed to education, called LEGO Education, which promotes different educational ranges, but in today’s post we will focus on the one that is linked to begin in the first steps of robotics.
Benefits of Using LEGO in Education
There are many schools that use LEGO in the classroom, as it helps to encourage in the smallest number of skills. According to the website www.eudemic.com, these are some of the advantages of playing with these types of toys.
It develops creativity both in the individual game and in the collective.
The LEGO toy is a tool that can aid in active and playful methodologies such as geometry or mathematics. It helps to understand the geometric figures.
Ability to solve problems: you have to look for a solution, yes or yes. It can be applied in scientific and technical subjects.
It helps develop logical thinking: when children are confronted with certain pieces, they need to structure and organize their ideas and therefore use logic.
Here are some features of playing with LEGO. However, today we will focus, as we have indicated before, on the educational robotics of this company and its characteristics. For the learning of the little ones with these toys, the company has three fundamental objectives that are:
Communication: fostering the development of language and creativity.
Logical skills: developing their psychomotricity through construction, achieving greater ability over time to solve problems.
TICS: initiating the youngest to use robotics as a fun and tool to learn and solve problems. At this point, the LEGO-Progress, LEGO-Technics and LEGO-Minds range should be highlighted.
Lego Robotics Goals
The Danish company, for several years, is promoting several games related to robotics and focused on different ages. Thus, it has three types of range.
LEGO-Progress: Focuses on children between 8-9 years. Thanks to different projects, to robotics and technology, little ones can see how science comes to life. The goal is to: learn basic programming skills, conceptualize science from a practical point of view and acquire critical thinking.
LEGO- Technics: is a range of games aimed at students between 9 and 10 years. Students understand the operation of some machines, as a step prior to advanced robotics.
The goal of this range is to investigate some principles of simple machines and begin to acquire certain basic notions related to the concepts of physics, mechanics, force, etc.
LEGO-Minds: children between 10 and 12 years old is the target audience of this range. The younger ones are able to build robots, stimulating creativity and critical thinking.
LEGO believes that already at this stage and with robotic games, children are able to acquire basic programming, collaboration and presentation skills. Young people, thanks to these didactic games, develop a more critical thinking.
There is no doubt that this company has integrated the world of robotics into its games. The Danish organization since its inception has fostered and promoted a way of playing, acquiring children concepts and skills, mentioned above, without realizing it. Being able to take technological habits, develop a more innovative mentality and begin with basic concepts of programming language are some of the general goals that LEGO pursues with the inclusion of robotics in their games.
Bee-Bot (an example of initiation in robotics)
In line with the importance of promoting technological games, from Habilitas we recommend the acquisition of Bee-Bot to start our children with robotics and technology machines. It is a toy mainly aimed at children between 2 and 6 years. There are numerous advantages, among which we can emphasize that with this robot we work the logical thinking, the spatial vision and start in the programming language.
In addition to the schools, at this time this robot is a suitable toy to give to the little ones and also to be able to take advantage of these days so that parents and children enjoy the robotics.
We believe that thanks to the range of LEGO robots and the Bee-Bot, we can start the young people in new technologies in a fun and relaxed way, fostering in them the germ of innovation that will be fundamental to their lives in the future.