LEGO Education is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are exploring the history of this unique division of the LEGO Group. Part 1 presented an early history of LEGO Education, while Part 2 outlined the development of the first LEGO robotics platforms. In our 3rd and final installment, we dive into the story behind the game-changing release of LEGO Mindstorms.
LEGO Education is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary! As a birthday gift, we are commemorating the occasion with a three-part history feature on this special division of the LEGO Group. Part 1 provided an overview of the history of LEGO education from the 1980s through 1990s, but we left out an important component of the story. Part 2 picks up where we left off, covering the beginnings of LEGO’s programmable robots in the classroom and at home. These were the precursors of LEGO Mindstorms!
Way back in April of last year, LEGO Education announced the launch of 45678 SPIKE Prime, a new Scratch-based tool in classroom programming. After some delay from the original August 2019 release, it’s now available for purchase and we’ve been fortunate enough to receive a copy to review. We’re excited to see what we learn about this fascinating new set! LEGO Education 45678 SPIKE Prime is available now from the LEGO Education shop for $329.95 USD.
Additionally, with the 40th anniversary of LEGO Education this week, we’re also sharing loads of cool information about the history of the department and its contributions to STEAM learning (Covered over multiple articles). It’s not every day we get to dive deep into a set from a division of the company that has been mildly separated and not intended for general distribution. This division of LEGO is really getting into its stride lately, and the future holds exciting things!
LEGO bricks have long been considered an educational toy, but it wasn’t until 1980 when The LEGO Group formally established an educational division. Known today as LEGO Education, the division is celebrating 40 years of collaborating with and developing educational tools for teachers around the world, with products ranging from Duplo to Mindstorms. Here at The Brothers Brick, we are taking a closer look at LEGO Education with a series of articles, and what better way to observe a 40th anniversary than with a history of the subject?
To get everyone pumped up, LEGO created a special video highlighting some of the key points behind the history of LEGO Education. Think of the video as a preview of the history we are about to cover here. Get ready, because it’s time to dive deep into LEGO Education 101!
LEGO Education is celebrating its 40th birthday with the worldwide launch of its newest educational tool, 45678 SPIKE Prime. Announced early last year, SPIKE Prime is a hands-on STEAM learning set intended for the classroom that comes with 528 pieces (including 11 new elements, motors, and a hub) and a drag-and-drop coding language with 32 lesson plans. SPIKE Prime retails for $329.95 in the US with variable pricing worldwide.
To mark LEGO Education’s 40 years, The Brothers Brick is taking a close look at LEGO’s well known (though not as well understood) educational arm. Over the next few days, we will get a hands-on look at SPIKE Prime, dive deep into the history of LEGO Education, and have a chat with some of the group’s key designers.
LEGO has announced two new sets built for STEAM Learning. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, and is an academic approach for getting kids enthusiastically involved in education. The LEGO system will include SPIKE Prime, which is the new hands-on learning kits and a new Inspire set released by LEGO Education, along with two additional sets, Boomtown Build and City Shaper.
The Inspire sets are both architecture-themed (though they have no relation to the popular Architecture LEGO theme), and they will be available for the 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. seasons. Continue reading
During the past week, the recently announced LEGO Education SPIKE Prime sets made their first appearance during the Moscow International Education Fair 2019. Certified LEGO Education teacher and LEGO Ambassador Vera Senyuta, PhD, attended the press-conference and brought us the latest details about LEGO’s most advanced educational solution.
The press conference and the presentation covered both LEGO SPIKE sets, 45678 LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set ($329.99 USD) and 45680 LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Expansion Set. The event was hosted by Tom Hall, General Manager, LEGO Education International; Yannick Dupont, Content Manager; and Thomas Rose, Training Program Manager. Together they told the audience about the idea behind the new sets and how the set will play a role in modern schools, as well as answered questions about the products.
Editor’s note 4/15: Since publication of this article, LEGO Education reached out to us to share some clarifying information about SPIKE Prime that we have incorporated into the article and quoted below.
In addition to the amazing LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the first week of April 2019.
LEGO Education launched a brand new system to help kids learn. Read on to find out about the new system and all the new elements inside it.
TBB NEWS & REVIEWS: The newest minifigure series is here, plus we have a close up look at an upcoming exclusive LEGO product.
- Review of LEGO Collectible Minifigures 71024 Disney Series 2 – We’ve got a hands-on review of all your favorite Disney character minifigs, from Jack Skellington to Jafar.
- Review of LEGO 75259 Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition – How does the new Snowpeeder compare to versions LEGO has previously released?
- Instructions to build the Exclusive LEGO Star Wars 75227 Darth Vader Bust – We have instructions for the Star Wars Celebration exclusive, and surprise–we’ve already built it!
- Saying goodbye to LEGO legend, Arthur Gugick (1960-2019) – We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Arthur Gugick, a phenomenal LEGO builder, teacher, and friend.
MORE TBB NEWS: We had a little fun for April Fools, and there are a bunch of new sets available now. Plus have you ever thought about joining the Brothers Brick team? Now you can!
- April Fools: The Brothers Brick acquires Beyond the Brick YouTube channel – We created the largest LEGO-related online content provider in history–for one day only!
- LEGO Star Wars Box available next week in the UK along with a cute Chicken Skater Pod – LEGO is offering lots of freebies in the UK with an Easter chick and an upcoming Star Wars surprise box.
- Your guide to the 17 new LEGO sets for April 2019 including Star Wars, Avengers Endgame and Steamboat Willie – Check out all the new LEGO sets on sale now.
- Come join us! The Brothers Brick is recruiting now – If you’ve ever considered joining The Brothers Brick team, here’s your chance.
OTHER NEWS: There were quite a few other interesting LEGO news articles from around the web this week. Here are the best of the rest:
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