Lego is doing brilliant job in developing STEM toys for children ( STEM meaning – science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Lego brand has a lot of innovative bricks to offer – there are a lot of different themes, for the youngest ( Duplo), for elder ( Technic), and for all children ( Lego classics like city, friends, even Star Wars).
But what do they do the best? Well the answer is that they bring smile on children’s face ( the biggest smile brought to my face was always receiving a gift of Lego sets) and they have this great educational note that children are unaware of ( if you present children some toy that is a STEM toy, in my experience, they will not like it). I wrote couple of articles that are concentrated on why are Legos good for kids and what is a STEM toy. You are welcome to read it, just click the title you want below, and it will take you to an article.
So beside the fact that Lego is doing a great job with their building brick sets, they are even upgrading into more advanced sets – they are making wonderful robotics sets, that has even more value in STEM fields – they want children to meet basics of physics, engineering, science and programming and coding. They have Lego boost creative toolbox and Lego mindstorms EV3 and I also wrote ab articles about those two robotic sets, and you can read them as well if you want, they are both really good and would recommend to anyone that has a kid who is tech savvy – a great kick into programming and building a robot. Click on link below, which ever you want, maybe even both and it will take you to desired article.
And because I am a huge Lego fan, I have to write an article and explain everything you want and need to know about what is a Lego education WeDo 2.0 core set. Keep reading, I promise I will tell you and explain everything you want to know.
What Is A Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set
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One of Lego themes is education – and in this section they ( developers ) are dedicated to educating children in elementary school about robotics and programming and coding. It is similar to Lego boost and Mindstorms, it is just that primary means was to educate children through Lego bricks in schools.
Thank god you can get them now in stores or in E-commerce stores.
Basically it is a set of Lego parts ( Technic parts are included as well), that you build, and among Lego parts there are couple of motors and smart bricks, so you can after assembling a mode (Either a robot, building, elevator, ETC.) control this mode via APP on your smart device or a PC.
It is not like you just download the APP and run your mode with remote control, well there is an option, but why doing just that, when can literally program each mode you want with ( kid friendly) drag and drop coding. I will get to software bit later, please keep reading.
Variety of modes you can build is huge, there is something for everybody, so after assembling a mode or a “project”, you than code it, and control it.
What Is In The Box?
The box set has 280 Lego pieces.
It is not like every other Lego box set – Lego WeDo 2.0 core set comes in awesome storage box with sorting trays – If it was meant for children in elementary school it is obvious why they didn’t stick to their box sets – pieces would get lost, so it must have storage space and sorting trays.
Instructions are not included because it is meant to be an educational toy, therefore a smart device is a must ( at least to get instructions on its APP).
Lego pieces come in plastic bags, but unfortunately they are not packed to be just put into sorting tray – you must put all Lego piece out of bags, and then you sort them in a specific drawer in sorting tray.
To sort right pieces into sorting tray, you get stickers for each drawer in sorting tray, so you can not miss out which part fits in the right drawer.
There are, beside classic Lego pieces, Technic pieces included and “smart” bricks so a different mode can do stuff ( Like a car driving, or elevator moving up and down, ETC.). Those “smart” bricks are:
- Medium motor
- Tilt sensor
- Motion sensor
- Smart hub – it is the “brains” of every mode you build – it is a computer with USB plugins which you code and program, has a Bluetooth 4.0, and a battery storage for 2 AA batteries
WeDo 2.0 Software
So to build a mode you want you need to download WeDo 2.0 software. You can download it on Lego store.
There are two versions of software – FULL or STARTER.
Full includes 17 projects, including 1×8 models with building instructions.
With STARTER, you only get started project.
Smart devices that support WeDO 2.0 software are:
- IOS 8 or later
- IPAD 3rd generation or an IPAD mini
- ANDROID 4.4.4. Or later and it should support BlueTooth 4.0
- MAC OS X
Like in a Lego boost or Lego mindstorms the programming is very similar – you code and program a mode you built with drag and drop coding. That means that you grab ( either with your finger on touchscreen or with a left click on your mouse on your PC) a code from platform that has all codes, and drop it into a space where you need to put those codes so you can put orders to your what to do. It is easy as that, and it is not special to master it – Lego made all platforms to code their sets very easy to understand, colorful and friendly for children – you almost don’t need to read to code on this platform. Beside that everything is very good explained, so don’t worry using a software to become overwhelming – it doesn’t, trust me.
There are a lot of different modes to build or projects. Here a couple of examples:
- Flood gates
- Luna rover
- Race car
- Cycling truck
- Robotic arm
- Young frog
- And more and more
Don’t worry about limitations about how many modes there are – literally there are tens and tens of different modes, which you code in different ways, so anybody will find something that is great for him – endless fun.
- Almost anyone has a couple of Lego sets, and you can always substitute lost parts, or upgrade with extra Lego parts
- Great and fun STEM toy
- Countless hours of playing with this set
- A lot of different projects and modes to build and rebuild
- Simple coding and programing
- Great software and easy to handle – children friendly
- It5 is not only for ANDROID and IOS users
- Sorting trays with stickers will prevent loosing and mixing small Lego parts
- You can build a mode you want, program it, and run it – like a true engineer
- Price is a bit high
- Maybe at least some instructions would be welcome in a set
- Software has a some problems with windows
- It has also problems not installing a software on some ANDROID devices
- Software is not supported for Kindle users
Like everything on this planet, this set is not 100% perfect, but in spite that it is really great set for children. I support Lego as much as I can – they have been with me since I was a child, and now, being adult and a parent, I love Lego now even more – before it was just this awesome construction toy where you could build, rebuild and play with it, now, when I am aware of benefits that Lego brings to our children, I gain a huge amount of respect to Lego company – they were doing a great job before, now they are doing a great job even better, with all innovations that they are developing and stepping into robotic sets with great approach to children to teach them about robotics, programming, problem solving, and everything.
Even now, I have to give Lego credits, because of my playing time dedicated to Lego, are even now, 20 years later, showing in my work, skills, logic and other things – yes, Lego helped me with learning and logic, that is how good Legos really are.
Lego education WeDo 2.0 core set is brilliantly designed set, and I encourage anyone that has children that are tech savvy to get them this amazing set, it would be just the perfect gift for them.
If you have any questions or a comment, please write me in the comment section below and I would be really happy to reply.