Lego WeDo Robotics

The Homeschool Buyer's Co-op just released a new discount offer for Lego WeDo Robotics kits for homeschoolers.  We've been saving up and keeping an eye on these for months now. 

Students learn to build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as language, literacy, and social studies.

Age 7 and up

The discount packages for the LegoWeDo kits are available here(Membership at the co-op is free)

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The Lego WeDo system is also compatible with Scratch through MIT.  Scratch is a free educational programming language and multimedia authoring tool with which students can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations.  

The Scratch website has a lot of tutorials on it, however I've discovered a fantastic free Video Course series by a group of academics, students and staff members of the La Salle Schools and Universities.  It's called Learn Scratch.

Scratch is geared towards students aged 8 - 16, however my 7 year old son has been independently exploring the possibilities of the program for months now.  Since we discovered the Video Courses at Lean Scratch, he has been flying through those on his own as well. 

You can download the Scratch software here.
The free video course tutorials through La Salle are available here.

Exciting stuff!

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