If you purchased a LEGO® MINDSTORMS set for your young child over the recent holiday season, you’ve done well – even if you aren’t entirely sure what the thing actually does!
It may sound hard to believe (especially if you grew up playing with LEGO bricks that – *gasp* – were just simple pieces of plastic), but MINDSTORMS sets actually allow your kiddo to build, program, and use their very own robot.
The best part? Your child will be so busy enjoying their cool new gadget that they won’t even realize how much they’re learning while using it. While physically building their new robot toy, your child will get an introductory crash course in basic engineering. Once they’ve built their new gadget, they’ll then learn some of the basics of computer programming (and even some coding, if they’re ready). Throughout these processes, your child will also strengthen their ability to follow instructions and persevere through trouble spots, and will also have a number of opportunities to think creatively, as well. [Read more…]