LEGO Education Debuts Coding Kit for Early Learners
LEGO Education has introduced a new coding kit for early learners. Dubbed Coding Express, the system is designed to build "foundational coding and transferable skills, including collaboration and problem solving, for the earliest of learners through activities that introduce concepts of sequencing, looping and more." It includes a Teacher Guide and lesson plans.
Coding Express combines digital and hands-on learning activities. Based on a train set made of LEGO pieces, it uses "action bricks," which are placed around the track to activate various features of the train, such as turning on or off the lights, reversing the train's direction, sounding the horn, etc. Students work in groups of up to six.
According to LEGO Education, "The solution includes teacher material developed to inspire educators to help children understand basic early coding concepts, such as sequencing, looping and conditional coding."
Coding Express is expected to be available in October. Further details can be found on LEGO Education's site.
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