|Lego Education's new Spike Prime Kir is now aiming to market at schools to integrate Lego into students from primary to the first and second year of middle school / Photo by: Matti Blume via Wikimedia Commons|
Lego Education's new Spike Prime kit is aimed at schools that look to integrate Lego into lesson plans for 11 to 14 years old students. The new STEAM robotics kit was unveiled on Tuesday during a company event in New York.
The newest kit resembles the Lego Boost, a programmable kit compatible with regular Lego bricks and is aimed for families when launched in 2017. Spike Prime sits alongside Lego Mindstorms EV3—a staple robotics kit for many learning centers and robotics classrooms—in Lego Education's lineup, aiming to be a bridge for the Mindstorm to connect with the high school crowd, according to a report by CNET.
The report further said that the Spike Prime set was specifically designed for sixth to eighth graders. The kit uses an app that enables visual Scratch programming and seeks to adopt the Python programming language by the end of 2019, Lego Education executives said.
Its resemblance with the Lego Boost makes the Spike Prime appear cute, although it is a lot simpler compared to some Mindstorm kits.
The central processing hub that stimulates the creations of the Spike Prime robotics has six input and output ports. It also connects to various sensors, such as an RGB color and light sensor, a force-sensitive touch sensor, and an ultrasonic distance sensor that enables measurement and navigation, CNET reported.
Moreover, the hub also has a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as a speaker, a 5x5 LED screen, and a 100MHz M4 320 KB RAM 1M FLASH processor.
Lego Education is up against competitors in the school STEAM space. This includes Sphero (which is set to launch an expandable RVR robot later this year) and LittleBits (which has already introduced a number of robotic kits). Another company making a big push into education is the firm behind the kid-safe plastic-printing 3Doodler pen, which also seeks to incorporate its product in school lesson plans.