How LEGO built itself into a crucial educational tool, brick by brick
11 moments from the archives of LEGO Education
17 years after Lego was first invented in 1932, the Danish company released its first products with a focus on education.
Technic introduces Lego fans to simple machine concepts like gears, levers, pulleys, wheels, and axles.
technic control, the first computer-controlled lego product, launches in the UK.
1993 — Lego Education Control Lab introduces a new computer interface with four types of sensors: light, touch, rotation, and temperature.
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.
Coding Express teaches preschoolers to code using LEGO DUPLO trains, introducing kids ages 3-5 to concepts like sequencing, looping and coding.
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.