Lego is announcing its new Spike Prime robotics kit, which is designed to present a younger and middle-aged customer to robotics, engineering and coding in a simpler and more goal-oriented way than its customers. Mindstorms kits.  The new $ 330 Spike Prime kit is aimed at children in grades 6-8. It includes more than 500 pieces of Technic, and is programmed using an application made by Lego built in the Scratch language. Lego is also introducing some new Technic bricks with the kit, such as a 3×3 frame that is used to facilitate construction, a base plate that can be used to prototype student designs, wheels that are easy to mount on the engines, and even wire fasteners to keep everything tidy
The Spike Prime box contains three motors, three sensors and the Smart Hub, a central block containing six ports, a 5×5 light matrix speaker, a 6-axis gyroscope, Bluetooth and a rechargeable battery. The package also doubles as a storage box to keep track of all the pieces.
The Lego Spike Prime kit is goal-oriented, so instead of asking students to conjure robots with hundreds of Technic bricks, the kit is based on teaching the youngest children about problem solving , giving them orientation and a specific objective. New students can begin working through the included Spike Prime units, which are 45-minute lessons that teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Lego also offers lesson plans for teachers to start in the classroom.
Once children gain experience in construction and programming, they can move on to more advanced projects that involve less management, such as the Invention Squad unit, which consists of designing, testing and evaluating prototypes.
The Lego Education Spike application used to program Spike Prime's creations is based on a drag-and-drop encoding environment that young children can capture quickly. It is compatible with Chrome, Windows 10, Mac, Android and iOS devices. Lego is using its own Scratch implementation for Spike Prime, although its version seems to be more robust than a simpler code-learning kit like Anki's Cozmo.
The Lego Spike Prime will cost $ 329.95 and will be sold "in all markets" beginning in August, and orders will begin today in the United States.