New developments from LEGO Education have seen the learning and education-focused arm of the Danish toy maker introduce two new, tech-free launches for hands-on STEAM learning in schools.
Called BricQ Motion, the classroom sets include BricQ Motion Essential for kids aged six and upwards, and BricQ Motion Prime for those aged ten and upwards. The kits encourage kids to experiment with forces, motion, and interactions within the context of sports such as skiing, gymnastics, car racing and more.
Esben Stærk, president of LEGO Education, said: “Making learning engaging is more crucial than ever, and we are excited to bring two solutions to market that support teachers in the classroom and encourage students in the field of STEAM from a very young age.
“From understanding the cause and effect of push-pull forces via a tight rope walker balanced with weighted bricks to exploring Newton’s laws through land yachts and propeller cars, BricQ Motion was designed to engage even more students and teachers in the discovery of STEAM concepts.”
Designed for teachers by teachers, three curriculum units aim to offer a welath of educational content, as well as limitless possibilities with open-ended projects.
Primary students can plan and conduct investigations as they explore push and pull forces and observe patterns of motion, while secondary students apply their scientific inquiry skills based on an object’s force and mass.
The latest additions also come with teacher video guides, student videos and worksheets, assessment rubrics, tips to simplify or extend the lesson, and math and language arts extensions.
BricQ Motion will be available across global markets with pre-orders for markets outside of the US starting this month.
The launch is yet another move from the LEGO Group to increase its accessibility for children across the globe. This week, the LEGO Foundation detailed plans to bring its LEGO Braille Bricks to a further 13 countries, including Ireland and Australia.
Following a successful pilot programme in a handful of territories, including the UK, Denmark, Norway, and France, the firm detailed last August that it would roll the educational Braille Bricks to 20 countries in total.
In celebration of World Braille Day on January 4th, the LEGO Foundation said that the bricks will be coming to an additional 13 countries. The National Council for the Blind of Ireland will handle the roll out across the region, while Vision Australia will head up the Australian activity.
LEGO Braille Bricks offer kids a tactile way to learn the braille system. Each 2×4 brick is topped with a specific stud pattern, reflecting a letter or number from the braille alphabet. They’re also printed with the corresponding symbol, so sighted kids can play too.