The South African government has emphasised the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and how the country is experiencing a shortage in this area.

Trying to help create more STEM interest in primary school pupils is LEGO Education, with the teaching-focused division of LEGO introducing a new app called SPIKE Prime for hands-on STEM learning.

The aim of this new tool is to provide young learners with lessons that challenge them to think critically and creatively, to problem solve and to communicate effectively with others, LEGO Education explains.

According to the company the app is a programmable multi-port hub with sensors and motors based on Scratch coding language. It includes lessons aligned to certain standards and many of them can be completed within a 45 minute-long class, which makes it a particularly interesting tool for teachers to take into the classroom.

“We are seeing a challenge globally in middle school typically aged 11 to 14. At that age, children start losing their confidence in learning. The confidence poll data shows that most students say if they fail at something once, they don’t want to try again. With SPIKE Prime and the lessons featured in the SPIKE app, these children will be inspired to experiment with different solutions, try new things and ultimately become more confident learners,” said the president of LEGO Education, Esben Steark Jorgensen.

“Our mission at LEGO Education is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, enabling every student to succeed and that is exactly what SPIKE Prime offers. The lesson plans, resources and models make it so easy for teachers to integrate SPIKE Prime into the classroom,” concluded Jorgensen.

Having recently been revealed by LEGO Education, there’s no word just yet on when SPIKE Prime will be available locally, but we’ll keep readers updated on when it is.

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