LEGO WeDo is a robotics kit designed for younger students. The original WeDo set was released in 2009. WeDo 2.0 was released at the beginning of 2016.
The LEGO WeDo 2.0 Core Set (45300) features a programmable SmartHub that connects to a computer or tablet via Bluetooth Low Energy, meaning that there is no longer a need to physically tether creations to a computer (as was required with the original WeDo kit). The SmartHub is powered by 2 AA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack that can be purchased from LEGO Education. The WeDo 2.0 Core Set containts 280 pieces, including a motor, and tilt sensor, and motion sensor. The WeDo 2.0 Software is available for desktops and tablets. Versions for Windows and OS X are can be downloaded for free from LEGO Education Resources Online. Curriculum materials, which are extensive and targeted towards science and computing, are also available from LEGO Education.
The original LEGO WeDo Core Set (9580) has 158 pieces, including two sensors (tilt and motion), a motor, and a USB hub. Creations need to remain tethered to the computer for power and to follow a program. Although it is possible to untether the WeDo by powering the motor directly, it will not follow a program. The original kit also includes (and, once again, the computer’s built-in microphone can be used as a sound sensor). Software (including a site licence for schools) must be purchased separately and there is a resource set with extra pieces and additional curriculum that can be purchased.
The original WeDo can also be programmed using the free Scratch programming language.
Here are some additional resources to help you get started with the WeDo kit:
- What to buy (covers original WeDo kit only)
- Links to additional WeDo activities and building projects
- Links to additional WeDo curriculum resources
- List of Lego WeDo books
- More information on the WeDo sensors
- Ultimate review of the (new) WeDo kit
- Using Scratch with the LEGO WeDo
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