LEGO Education will launch this summer a brand new giant LEGO base set 4+ with which children explore community life and investigate roles and responibilities within their society. The following subjects, among others, are being addressed: transport, (durable) energy, amusement park, traffic, animal park, house constructions, swimming pool, city park, etc.. Since may new detailed LEGO bricks have been added to this LEGO Education set, youngsters can discuss and bring alive many different subjects and themes.
Due to the extremely large number of bricks (1,907 elements!), this educational LEGO set is very suitable for equipping the early classes of primary schools. The construction corner or play corner will be enriched instantaneously with this responsible construction material. This great is available as of today.
A few things to be aware of regarding the software. It is not possible to upgrade the software from toy version to education version. If you buy an education kit and use it with the toy store software you will not have the building instructions for the 4 base education modes or the expansion set models, they are integrated into the education software “lobby” and not available as a hard copy at this time. The robot educator model is included as a building book inside the sets sold in the US so you will have that model to build. This model is used with the 46 robot educator activities for students to learn more about the building and programming capacity of this software.
Any curriculum pieces sold by LEGO Education for LEGO Mindstorms will be integrated into the lobby of the software. Like the building instructions referenced before, these components cannot be added to the toy store software as it has no lobby.
In addition, the data logging is a very important and integral component for education. It is not just for designing science experiments. It is for evaluating and proof of design concept as well as analyzing and troubleshooting. Students iterate on an existing design, but without using data logging of their designs performance how do they know if their design is better? How much more efficient is it? How much better does it perform? These are all integral questions to the design engineering process which is fundamental to what we are trying to do in the education setting. Practice for students who will be designing for iteration and innovation.
I have the same problem with the lag between dragging the blocks into the programming area. The program seems to like a processor runs at 2GHz or higher. If you look at the requirements on the LEGO site they say 2GHz on the retail side and on the Educational side LEGO states 1.6GHz. I have tried both the slower and faster processor and it definitely is program that has a need for speed. I am running 6 sets in my classes and had to upgrade my computers which was an expensive upgrade to move to EV3 hope this helps.