LEGO Education seeks to overcome digital barriers with new BricQ Motion line [News] | The Brothers Brick | The Brothers Brick
In today’s modern society, it seems digital technology makes the world go round. Especially in recent history – when thousands of people are realizing that they can effectively work from home – computer skills are hugely advantageous. But not everyone is born with a computer in their hands. So many children don’t have tech-based resources in their learning environment. And STEAM isn’t all about digital learning. Enter LEGO Education’s new BricQ Motion line. Currently the offerings include 45401 BricQ Motion Essential (6+) and 45400 BricQ Motion Prime (10+). These kits promise to foster creative exploration of physical science through sports-themed guided lessons. They will both retail for US $99.95.
LEGO Education 45401 BricQ Motion Essential | 523 Pcs
LEGO Education 45400 BricQ Motion Prime | 562 Pcs
Both sets are slated to include 7-8 45-minute physical science lessons, with 30+ minutes of language arts and math extensions for each. In total, each kit is said to provide 6-10 hours of educational content.
Full press release from LEGO Education:
Today, LEGO® Education unveiled two tech-free solutions for playful, hands-on STEAM instruction in schools. Based on the theme of physical science, these compelling solutions offer a fun and unique way to understand abstract concepts with real-world applications. BricQ Motion offers two classroom sets: BricQ Motion Essential for ages 6+ and BricQ Motion Prime for ages 10+. Students experiment with forces, motion, and interactions in the playful context of sports, such as skiing, gymnastics, derby car racing, and more. The action-packed curriculum meets core science standards across grades, fosters creativity, and develops engineering and math skills.
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 offer hours of educational content, as well as limitless possibilities with open-ended projects. Primary students 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. BricQ Motion also includes new elements to easily gather data (variables, angles, heights, and lengths) for analysis and synthesis, using visual math for a more creative, relevant, and fun way to learn.
Getting started is easy with teacher video guides, student videos and worksheets, assessment rubrics, tips to simplify or extend the lesson, and math and language arts extensions. Comprehensive professional development will be available for teachers to learn, practice, and master competencies to facilitate playful STEAM learning with confidence.
“I’ve used LEGO Education solutions for years, but I have colleagues who are nervous about diving into their technology-rich solutions. BricQ Motion is perfect for them – it’s easy to get started, and without the technology aspect, adaptable to use with students whether it’s in-person, hybrid, or remote learning,” said Kristin Williams-Luthi, Science Instructional Coach at Gwinnett County Public Schools. “Even for experienced STEAM teachers like myself, I’m excited to get hands-on with BricQ Motion.”
In the U.S., BricQ Motion is available today for $99.95 per set at LEGOeducation.com/BricQ-motion or as part of a Hybrid Learning Classroom Starter Pack that includes supplementary Personal Learning Kits. Flexible to use in classrooms and remote environments, the starter pack is designed to let students continue learning about forces, motion, and interactions no matter where the learning happens.
In other markets, BricQ Motion will be available for pre-order starting this month. Please contact your local sales representative or LEGO Education authorized reseller for complete pricing and availability.
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