LEGO® BOOST

Category: Computer Science

Ages: 18+ 11-14
Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

LEGO Boost is a robotics kit for kids aged around 7-12. The focus is on building and coding to create models that kids can play with. 

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LEGO Boost is a robotics kit for kids aged around 7-12. The focus is on building and coding to create models that kids can play with. 
 
Boost provides the pieces to build five different robots, along with an entertaining app that turns learning into a game that even preliterate children can master. The colorful and inviting Lego Boost app (iOS and Android) starts by showing you a landscape of possible projects. You must complete basic building and coding tasks before you can access the tougher ones, which makes perfect sense when you think of Lego Boost as a fun-filled teaching tool. Normally, you’ll start by building and programming simple Lego robots and, with each success, the app guides you to progressively more complex projects and coding tasks. 
 
The LEGO Boost approach to coding uses brightly coloured drag and drop blocks. Icons are used rather than text. The drag and drop approach works really well on a tablet and there's lots you can do with the available commands. The commands are very specific to the model you are building and have quite a lot of intelligence built in to them. This means that kids get to the fun bits quicker. 
 
Like almost all child-coding apps, Boost uses a pictorial, block-based programming language that involves dragging interlocking pieces together, rather than keying in text. However, unlike some programming kits we've seen, which require you to read text on the blocks to find out what they do, Boost's system is completely icon-based, making it ideal for children who can't read (or can't read very well) yet.

From the Developer

Combine this app with the LEGO® BOOST Creative Toolbox (17101) set to bring your creations to life!
Enjoy more than 60 fun activities with simple drag-n'-drop coding, watch videos and access digital LEGO Building Instructions. Have fun with LEGO models that can move, talk and respond to real-world events.

Take your experience to another level with advanced coding. Build and BOOST your own robot toy creations and control them from your tablet device. All it takes is three simple steps: BUILD, CODE and PLAY!

Is your device compatible?
Please go to LEGO.com/devicecheck to check if your device is compatible. Ask your parents’ permission before going online.

LEGO® BOOST App Feature List

  • Access digital LEGO® Building Instructions for all 5 LEGO BOOST models included with the 17101 LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox.
  • BUILD, CODE and PLAY with CODABLE LEGO® models.
  • Bring your LEGO® BOOST creations to life with the simple drag-n'-drop PROGRAMMING interface.
  • Enjoy more than 60 fun ACTIVITIES.
  • Imagine, build and code your own creations. Kick-start your creativity—2 inspirational models included with the app.
  • Go to LEGO.com/devicecheck to check if your device is compatible. Ask your parents’ permission before going online.

LEGO BOOST set (17101) Feature List

  • Includes 844 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
  • Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, 2 encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
  • Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
  • Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
  • Create and code Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), the Guitar 4000 and the AutoBuilder.
  • Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
  • Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments for an array of exciting activities.
  • Learn songs and rock out with the Guitar4000!
  • Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
  • Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO® models.
  • Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO® BOOST app.
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