Lego Wedo

LEGO WeDo is a robotics hardware and software platform specifically designed for Kindergarten to Grade 2 students. As with other LEGO Education products it follows the 4 C’s process – Connect to a story, Construct a model, Contemplate its function, and Continue improving its design.

There are multiple ways to guide the students along the learning path. One example is by choosing an activity from the 12 themed options. Students then follow the build process step by step using the same LEGO instructions we have grown accustomed to, as they work collaboratively in learning described by Dr Seymour Papert as Constructionism. The fun and learning is enhanced when the programming of the models is introduced. Students quickly learn the simple click-and-drag icons to activate a motor, which might also be dependent on a sensor, in a logical and sequential schema.

For the more capable, and even older students of Grades 3 & 4, LEGO’s WeDo programming platform also allows for mathematical operations and display effects, as a stepping-stone to game design and entertainment.

 Lego WeDO 2.0 set is the perfect starting point for teaching STEM to primary school pupils the fun way. They can work in pairs to discover the various steps required to create an educational robot able to detect motion around it or measure its distance to another object. The WeDo 2.0 Smarthub has built-in Bluetooth Low Energy and two I/O ports to connect to external motors, sensors or any new component belonging to the Lego Power Functions family.

The WeDo 2.0 software can be downloaded for free and contains 2 packs:

  • A curriculum pack featuring projects totalling more than 40 hours of instructional and fun projects in the fields of science and engineering, for Windows, Mac, tablet or iPad (please check the system requirements to ensure your devices are compatible);
  • A software platform dedicated to pupils, to guide them in their journey through programming and robotics. The software features a colourful drag and drop visual programming interface that is easy for students to use and understand.

Lego WeDo Vs Mindstorms

The way he explained it was that the WeDo is more about construction (the interface and computer stuff is simplified), whereas the Mindstorms assumes competency with construction and familiarity with programming basics (the computer stuff is more complicated)

Author: Piers Midwinter
Piers Midwinter is a Qualified Teacher, Native English Speaker, ex-Company director, and ex-University lecturer. He lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
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