The new Lego ‘brick’ is a great tool for teaching children the wonderful world of robotics. It teaches them how functional and practical robotics can be. The trick is to find an elemental programing language that is simple enough and ‘clean’ enough that adults can help guide children through the milieu of a first programming language.
Visual Basic is a possibility, and if the instructor is really fairly knowledgeable then Java would be another option to use, but I’m not sure that it is simple enough to understand. Perhaps the newer generations are possibly so.
It’s not clear, but the GUI interface is intentionally made simple to facilitate the possibility for fewer steps to the ultimate goal of making your own Lego constructed robot move in the desired ways. Certainly, the thoughtful pattern behind the development by MIT is a good attempt to imbue children with the fun that can be experienced in generating your own creation to move and behave in the way one wants.
The exciting results of such creativity can make a child have the passion in the field, a lifetime of joy in the endeavor of robotics development. This is even more exciting than seeing your first Flash animation movie, or your first animated characters come to life when you program them.
The interface between your program and the special Lego ‘brick’ is really a ram drive and processor that you can upload the software and language you create in order to get the electromagnetic functional accessories to move your created pieces and give it life. But the most important part of the combination project is to try and get the child involved in the entire process, and as young as is possible, so that the joy of programming will become a ‘natural’ sequence of events, and that it will create a lifetime passion for young people.
Thus, the children of today, can become the super-programers of tomorrow, and consequently invent even more realms in which programing becomes imbedded in every aspect of our lives. This was a typically genius idea for the MIT and LEGO people to have found a fusion for the fun of today and the superstar of tomorrow.
Kudos for both teams and accolades for the invention. Look for more ways to increase and guide the youth of today and adults of tomorrow on the internet. Enroll your kids today in a great Lego Wedo kit class and let them start in the wide wonderful world of programming.