Visit LEGO Education at BETT 2015

BETT ImageBETT 2015 is only a month away and we’re busy planning our visit. LEGO Education will be on stand E128 between 21st-24th January 2015.

We will be showing you how you can deliver the new Computing curriculum in a fun and engaging way with LEGO Education. We’ll have lots of special show offers and be showcasing our new maths resource, MoreToMaths, as well as all our other cross-curricular resources to inspire your students through real-life problem solving.

Visit our stand to:

Keep up to date with all the show offers and news by following us on Twitter @LEGOEducationUK Tweet us using our show hashtag #ignitelearning

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bringing real-life European Space Agency activity into the classroom in 2015

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has been all over the news over the past few weeks with their robot mission Philae landing on a comet.

LEGO Education has for many years been working with space experts to co-develop resources for students including our LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Space Challenge Set.

These resources have been designed as an engaging and easy way to introduce students to robotics by working with very current and real-world themes like ‘travelling to and living on Mars’.

ESA see the real benefit of MINDSTORMS in schools and approached LEGO Education about working together on a very exciting project.

In 2019, ESA’s next big mission ‘ExoMars’ plans to land a robot on Mars – the first time a European agency will have put a robotic system of this scale on Mars.

LEGO Education and ESA are working together to create ExoPREP – a robotics course dedicated to advance STEM education – that has a specific focus on space science and technology relating to ESA’s ExoMars mission.

The course will task secondary students with building a programmable scale model of the ExoMars rover using LEGO Education MINDSTORMS. We are developing lessons plans and activities based on national curriculum subjects that will demonstrate concepts in orbital robotics such as zero or low-gravity dynamics – concepts that can be very difficult to grasp but are very well demonstrated to students using LEGO bricks.

The course will be available in 2015 and promises to engage students in Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to help reach their curriculum targets.

The BBC reported on our partnership last week – click here to read the full story.

The final step in the WeDo Adventure – Social Studies

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With LEGO® Education WeDo, your pupils can engage in Social Studies the hands-on way. WeDo is a great tool for exploring the many facets of Social Studies, and its digital integration will keep your pupils engaged and eager for more.

Whether it’s using WeDo to build working models exploring communities, people, places or nations that are near and far, the platform will have pupils motivated to take their learning to new heights.

We have a free Social Studies lesson plan for you to download on our website. Don’t forget that WeDo also brings digital technology to the fore in your classroom, ticking those curriculum boxes for Computing too!

This is the final step in the WeDo Adventure – we hope you’ve enjoyed it! For more information and to purchase WeDo, click here.

Another award-nomination for LEGO Education StoryStarter

BETT AWARDS FINALIST 2015

We are delighted that LEGO Education StoryStarter has been shortlisted as a finalist for the BETT Awards 2015 in the ‘ICT Tools for Learning and Teaching’ category.

Our preparation for BETT is well underway and we have lots of exciting news and new products to share with you including:

  • NEW LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Software App
  • Our brand new Maths resource MoreToMaths 1-2
  • Demonstrations of our new Space & Science resources
  • Get hands-on and find out how LEGO Education resources can help you deliver the new Computing Curriculum in an engaging way
  • Preview the EV3 Computing Scheme of Work
  • Amazing special show offers
  • And of course our already ‘award-winning’ StoryStarter

We’ll be on stand E128 – you won’t miss us – so we look forward to seeing you there in January!

FREE Teacher workshops in Central London LEGO Office

Places are filling up for our FREE teacher workshops for both Primary and Secondary teachers.

These 90 minute hands-on workshops will give you a full understanding of how to deliver specific areas of the curriculum using playful and engaging teaching methods.

The Primary workshops focus on how to deliver the new 2014 Computing Curriculum and show you how our brand new Maths solution is changing children’s perception of this tricky subject.

The Secondary workshops focus on Computing, Science, Design & Technology and Maths using our award-winning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics platform.

The first Primary workshop is being held on Thursday 20th November 2014 at 16.00. Click to book. 

The first Secondary workshop is being held on Thursday 27th November 2014 at 16.00. Click to book.

The second Primary workshop is being held on Thursday 4th December 2014 at 16.00. Click to book.

The second Secondary workshop is being held on Thursday 11th December 2014 at 16.00. Click to book.

We are limited to 30 teachers per session and we are near capacity so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Find out how Portia, aged 9, found an easier way to write stories

Kick-start your pupils’ creativity and boost their writing, speaking, listening and reading skills with StoryStarter. Working together, pupils create and build their stories with LEGO® before writing them up in the unique software. Click here to find out why one teacher said that her “children have gained confidence in speaking, listening and writing which can be directly attributed to this way of writing stories.”

PLUS, don’t miss out on our special limited time offer: buy a full class pack of StoryStarter with a half class pack or more of WeDo, and receive the WeDo 2014 Computing Scheme of Work, software and site licence for FREE*, saving £294.97.

The WeDo Adventure continues with Language

WeDo LanguageOur WeDo Adventure continues and this weeks’ adventure focuses on Language.

We all know that being effective communicators is critical to pupils’ success in school and beyond. LEGO Education WeDo really challenges them to sharpen those key skills.

With everything from following instructions to learning collaboration techniques, WeDo is chocked full of key language learning components that are woven throughout the entire solution. Now you can cover core content while integrating technology in an engaging way.

Download your FREE Language sample lesson plan NOW.

In this activity, The Mechanical Mask, pupils build a model of a working mask and write a corresponding short story that details where their mask came from and what it is used for.

Don’t forget, we are also offering FREE teacher workshops across the UK throughout November and December so if you would like to experience WeDo for yourself, please get in touch to book your workshop session!

We hope you enjoy our third activity and we look forward to more adventures very soon.

Cover more of the curriculum with the EV3 add-on packs

With the add-on packs for LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 you can cover STEM and Computing topics in more depth and tailor your resources to better suit your school.

With the EV3 Space Challenge set, students experience programming like real astronauts and solve scientific problems.

The EV3 Science Activity pack creates a hands-on natural sciences environment where students can collect, store and analyse data.

With Design Engineering Projects, you can introduce your class to the basics of Mechanical Engineering and they can use what they’ve learnt to develop their own robotics systems.

If you would like some advice on which resources would be most suitable for your school, attend one of our teacher workshops or visit our website to find out about all the possible applications for EV3.

New FREE Teacher Workshops from LEGO Education

We hope everyone has had a great half term and is suitably refreshed ready for the rest of the Autumn Term.

We have been busy putting together some teacher workshops to show you how you can really engage your students in the classroom across all National Curriculum subjects.

Our workshops are hands-on, engaging, fun and best of all they’re FREE to attend so visit our website now to book your free place!

We are also continuing our special offer for LEGO Education WeDo – buy a half class pack of WeDo and receive the new 2014 Computing Scheme of Work for FREE. It contains 24 hours of lesson plans that meet with new Computing Curriculum targets across Key Stages 1 & 2.

Watch our short video to see just how much LEGO Education could change your classroom.