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Brief Published: 15 Jan 2016

Lego Education Reboots Science

WeDo 2.0

Lego Education, the educational division of Danish toymaker Lego, has created a robot-based learning system that helps students learn science. Launched during consumer electronics event International CES (January 6-9), WeDo 2.0 uses Lego bricks, software and hands-on projects to teach elementary pupils essential science-related skills.

Through a series of collaborative challenges, the resource aims to build students' confidence to ask questions, define problems and implement their own solutions by putting scientific discovery in their hands. It features over 40 hours of lessons and activities, and develops technical thinking by letting pupils test multiple designs via guided and open-ended projects.

In the Drop and Rescue project, for example, the challenge is to design a device that reduces the impact on people, animals and the environment following weather-related damage to an area. Students can create various prototypes and there is no right answer. Teachers can also tailor lessons to meet the needs of individual students, allowing for personalised and adaptive learning.

"WeDo 2.0 offers projects that let students discover the surface of Mars with a model rover, or explore the Amazon rainforest through frog metamorphosis. These science lessons do more than just teach students facts to memorise – they represent an immersive experience that instills a deeper understanding of the scientific method and evidence-based reasoning," says Jeffrey Marlow, founder of The Mars Academy education and development programme.

For more on innovative approaches to education, see The Future of Learning and Wired 2015.