National Instruments and LEGO® Education continue their educational robotics collaboration with the new LEGO Education WeDo™ concept, a low-cost robotics platform for elementary school students that delivers interactive, hands-on learning to Intel Classmate and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO computers. Powered by NI LabVIEW graphical design software, LEGO Education WeDo includes LEGO bricks; sensors; a USB hub; and drag-and-drop, icon-based software that students can use to easily build simple robotics applications. With WeDo software, students learn basic programming skills while designing robots.
Teachers can incorporate the WeDo concept in a broad range of curriculum areas including science, technology, mathematics, language, and literacy. WeDo software operates on the Intel Classmate PC running Windows XP, the OLPC running Linux®, any PC supporting Windows XP or Windows Vista, and any Mac running Version 10.5.
LEGO Education WeDo is a hands-on platform that elementary school students can use to build simple robotics applications.
“LEGO Education is proud to continue our ongoing collaboration with National Instruments to provide students as young as seven years of age with a robotics product that actively involves them in their own learning process and promotes creative thinking, teamwork, and problem solving skills – skills that are essential in the workplace of the 21st century,” said Lars Nyengaard, director of innovation at LEGO Education. “By combining the intuitive and interactive interface of LEGO Education WeDo software with the physical experience of building models outof LEGO bricks, we can bridge the physical and virtual worlds to provide the ultimate hands-on, minds-on learning experience.”
LEGO Education WeDo will be available in the United States in January 2009.
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This article first appeared in the Q4 08 issue of Instrumentation Newsletter.