LEGO WeDo 2.0 STEM Robotics Kit Introduction
Many Elementary Schools are introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.
My son’s school only had one volunteer teacher, so I have become the second parent volunteer where I teach Lego WeDo Robotics to second and third grade students.
If your school does not have a similar STEM program, you can still get started with your child at home using the newest WeDo 2.0 kit. Lego Education recommends this kit for age 7 years or older (I’m sure you can use this for younger children who love building with legos).
Recently, I purchased the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core set for our school. I will walk you through what it includes and how to sort it out. This post will be the first in a series of posts where I will discuss the WeDo 2.0 projects and how to build them in detail.
The kit contains everything you need to ignite a child’s desire to learn while enhancing their skills in engineering, science, coding and technology. The curriculum facilitates and supports a clear, easy-to-follow journey through subjects, including: life-, physical-, earth- and space sciences, and engineering. Since many kids are already familiar with Legos, these kits are a great way to get them started in STEM.
WeDo Works with the Following Systems:
- iOS Tablet
- Android tablet
Here is the picture of the Lego WeDo 2.0 Kit.
-Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set with wireless technology.
-280 Lego Building Elements.
-Lego WeDo 2.0 Smarthub – (The brain) an electronic system based building brick that is part of the LEGO Power Functions (LPF) 2.0, a new technology platform for LEGO Education. It has built-in Bluetooth low energy to wireless connect to the control software/App. It is powered from a battery source, 2 AA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack. It has two I/O ports to connect to external motors, sensors or any new component belonging to the LPF 2.0 system. It has a built-in RGB light surface that can show up to 10 different colors that be controlled by the software/App. (This is really the brain with 2 io ports, Bluetooth and the software execution).
-Medium Motor – The Medium Motor can be programmed to clockwise and counter-clockwise and to move at different power levels. Axles or other LEGO system bricks and other LEGO elements can be attached to the motor. Motion sensor – The Motion Sensor detects objects within a range of 15 centimeters depending on the design of the object. The motion sensor can also be used as a range detector and can detect if an object is close or far away (up to 15 cm). This is your actuator.
-Motion sensor – The Motion Sensor detects objects within a range of 15 centimeters depending on the design of the object. The motion sensor can also be used as a range detector and can detect if an object is close or far away (up to 15 cm).
-Tilt sensor – The Tilt Sensor reports the direction it is tilted. A new functionality in the Lego WeDo 2.0 Tilt sensor is “shake” mode. The Tilt Sensor detects changes within six different positions: Tilt This Way, Tilt That Way, Tilt Up, Tilt Down, No tilt, Any tilt (shake).
-Sticker sheet for labeling sorting tray compartments.
-Curriculum – Lego WeDo 2.0 ReadyGo gives you more than 40 hours of material over 17 projects that capture motivation and engagement across key science topics, including: physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences and engineering.
Unboxing & Sorting:
First, you open the kit. Label the sorting tray compartments using the sticker sheet. Put the stickers on the side, as it makes finding the pieces a lot easier.
Second, you sort the building elements in that tray according to the elements chart and see where they go. (Picture of the elements sorted out).
Last, place the rest of the parts in the bottom of the storage bin.
Download the app. We will discuss the WeDo 2.0 projects in my next series.
You can purchase this Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set on Amazon for around $269.95.
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