To introduce middle school children to robotics, engineering and coding, Lego Education has introduced a new coding and robotics kit called SPIKE Prime. The $330 kit has 523 technic pieces, which include LEGO bricks, a programmable multiport hub, sensors, motors, wire clips and wheels. LEGO Education has also introduced new technic bricks including a 3x3 frame, which makes building easier, and a base plate that can be used to create design prototypes. With SPIKE Prime, students can build and program robots in Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming language that’s often used as a teaching tool. It includes lessons for students that can be completed within a 45-minute class. Lego is also planning to release support for the Python programming language.

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