10 Reasons Why LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 is the Right Choice For Young Programmers
Ever since the addition of Programming to the Primary and Secondary Curriculum, products have appeared in all shapes and sizes. The Bee Bots have got a lot of company now. All sorts of real life physical systems can be utilised by a class now. Children can programme flying things, driving things, light up things, noisy things as well as a whole host of digital things. The opportunities out there are pretty endless and really exciting for a group of ‘first-time-programmers’.
Thankfully, the answer is simple. Out of all the options, LEGO® Education have created the best resources available. Both the WeDo 2.0 sets and the MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 kits are exceptional. WeDo 2.0 offers a great platform for new programmers to progress from, whereas MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 provides a more involved and multifaceted computing experience. To find out more about WeDo 2.0, please read our blog ’10 Top Classroom Management Tips for WeDo 2.0’. I’m going to concentrate on the EV3 kit in this blog. We’ll explore why it’s such a good choice and how it can be used to enhance the Programming Curriculum. Ultimately, here are 10 reasons why it is the right choice for any school…
4) Problem Solving
6) Cross-Curricular Implications
10) Play Based Learning
I’m sure there are more than 10 reasons why this programming resource is so ahead of any other out there. In my opinion it stands miles ahead. On top of all of the reasons I have listed, it is worth noting that LEGO® Education have provided pages and pages of free programming resources (see www.LEGOEducation.com/downloads). These include specific tasks and more open-ended projects. This makes it easy for Teachers to map lessons into their planning across the curriculum. Going even further than that, LEGO® collaborate with FIRST® to run an international league “FIRST® LEGO® League” where pupils can enter to compete. This is an opportunity for the best and brightest programmers to showcase their talents on a huge scale. The competition asks children to build and programme their own devices to complete tasks. There really is enormous scope for Young Programmers to progress and develop their understanding of computing.