Innovation

How LEGO built itself into a crucial educational tool, brick by brick

11 moments from the archives of LEGO Education

LEGO
1949

17 years after Lego was first invented in 1932, the Danish company released its first products with a focus on education.

1967

1972

1972
1982

Technic introduces Lego fans to simple machine concepts like gears, levers, pulleys, wheels, and axles.

1986

technic control, the first computer-controlled lego product, launches in the UK.

1986

1993 — Lego Education Control Lab introduces a new computer interface with four types of sensors: light, touch, rotation, and temperature.

1998

MINDSTORMS

Three years before the acronym STEM was coined, LEGO released MINDSTORMS, programmable robots that combined physical lego and digital tools to teach kids engineering and coding concepts. The project was developed through a collaboration between Lego and MIT.

2008 — LEGO WeDo brings the same concepts behind Technic and Mindstorms to a younger audience with new sets designed for elementary school students.

2013 – Lego Mindstorms EV3 (version 3) adds indicator lights, a microSD card slot, Linux support, and, most importantly, the ability to control your creations with an Android or iOS device.
2018

Coding Express teaches preschoolers to code using LEGO DUPLO trains, introducing kids ages 3-5 to concepts like sequencing, looping and coding.

2018
2020

SPIKE Prime

Spike Prime combines Kinect-style Lego with computers, coding, and various new sensors that can measure light, color, pressure, and more. The new set is aimed at middle school students.

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