Although its facet of manufacturer of building blocks or parts kits for children and adults is the best known of LEGO, the manufacturer was one of the first to contribute in teaching programming among the youngest with its Lego WeDo. In CES 2016 have presented the expected and already necessary new version of their robotics kit for the little ones, one of the fixed of any guide of purchases of this type of kits for children.
Lego WeDo 2.0 maintains the foundation of the first version with its teaching system based on block construction, sensors, actuators and a visual programming language. The main novelty of this version is the arrival of bluetooth communication with our tablet iOS or Android (also compatible with PC, Mac and in future with Chromebook) to send instructions that we program in it using visual software and designed for primary school students.
Programming as transverse content
The new Lego WeDo kit also improves all its components, from the “brain” to the motors, sensors and actuators. In total they are now 120 elements more than in the first version, until reaching the 280 pieces of the kit. As a novelty Lego raises for the centers subscriptions that include everything necessary for a middle class for about 2,000 dollars.
As already happened with the first version of WeDo, the value of the kit is not everything in the hardware, because there are already similar and more affordable solutions, but in the recognizable design of LEGO pieces and also in the related material provided by the brand.
This WeDo 2.0 does not lack a curriculum for 40 hours of programming lessons that this year are expanded with parts dedicated to the so-called STEM block (basically science and technology subjects), which work with derivative projects that introduce students into facets of engineering, biology, physics or ecology. In total there are 16 basic projects.