LEGO Education (The LEGO Group's educational division) announced WeDo, a new product that redefines classroom robotics as they said.
The new product is expect to become available at first in US and Brazil beginning January 2009, and later at different regions.
WeDo is targeted for elementary school students with 7-11 years of age and its concept actively involves students in their own learning process and promotes children's creative thinking, team-work and problem solving skills.
Cause and effect learning is enhanced by the models which remain tethered to a computer while children, like scientists working in labs, can test and adjust their programs in real time. After reflecting on what did and did not work, students can consult with peers, adapt the programming, adjust models or begin again.
The complete package (9580) will include:
- 158 LEGO brightly colored elements, including gears and levers.
- One LEGO USB Hub connects directly to a PC.
- One PF M-motor, one motion sensor and one tilt sensor.
- Drag-and-drop icon-based software that provides an intuitive and easy-to-use programming environment (once more and like NXT produced in collaboration with National Instruments).
Not a TECHNIC product in its essence but believe, despite remaining tethered to a computer, that hard-core TECHNIC fans will find good use for it also.
For extra information, checkout the WeDo info at LEGO Education website.
Via, The Brothers Brick