LEGO WeDo is a toy theme created by the popular Danish company that has far greater ambitions than simply being a plaything. The WeDo line is intended to teach children in primary school science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). At CES 2016 LEGO introduced the newest version of the toy in the form of WeDo 2.0.

The basis of WeDo is parts such as motors, sensors and a central computer, all of which are housed in such a way that they become compatible with regular LEGO parts. Anyone can pick up a set and build their own robot (or almost anything else) and then programme it using a drag-and-drop , visual based system that requires no knowledge of written code.

The other important aspect that sets this apart from regular LEGO sets is that the toys are intended to be incorporated into learning curriculums and are sold with instructions on how best to do that.

WeDo is not at all a new concept as LEGO has been creating the same magic with their MINDSTORMS line for years. The difference here is that WeDo is intended for a younger audience, and is more education-focused.

Unfortunately, while the new line is for sale on the international Lego education store, it won’t be available in the local toy store. In South Africa, Hands on Tech handles the reselling of LEGO’s educational products and you’ll need to go through them to get it for your kids and/or classroom. It has been confirmed that we will be getting these sets later in the year with local pricing to be confirmed then, and hopefully it comes in cheaper than the dollar exchange.

If you want to learn about how LEGO is used in education in South Africa and beyond, check out our feature story on Hands on Tech.

[Source – Slash Gear]