Lego is a large company with a huge reach. They have kits, themed kits, movies, and of course – their hand in education. Lego WeDo was featured and that is more for the elementary audience. It fits perfectly in line with Scratch and assist the early childhood students in taking something they are comfortable in (Scratch) and expanding the borders just slightly not to over whelm. Lego Mindstorms NXT goes further that than so plan on using this in Middle or High School and maybe 5th grade if they are ready for it.
April 25th – Lego Mindstorms NXT
I mention the NXT version here because there are two versions available, and just like the Lego WeDo, the 2nd version (in this case Ev3) has a lot more to expand on. I’ve worked with the NXT version for a few years and have just started getting my hands on the Ev3 version so I’ll be writing about that a little later.
The Mindstorms NXT kit isn’t cheap, but it’s a great investment. As an adult, I found that Lego in general aren’t very cheap – so again a big shout out to my parents for buying them for me. The NXT kit runs about $350 and is being phased out for the EV3 kit on the Lego website.
Lego instructions are famous for being clear and to the point, but there are a number of studies that say using the instructions harms creativity – this kit allows for the basics, but hopefully shows how it works and then you conjure up your own ideas. This kit take about 1 hour to build the base set and run through the sensors included – then the world is yours. I’ll follow up more with the EV3 kit, only because that’s the one you’ll most likely be purchasing in the future (and it comes with a free software download).