Coding Brings Your Toy to LifeLEGO BOOST introduces children to coding through a free downloadable app that contains the guidance, building instructions and simple coding commands to bring to life five LEGO creations, one at a time. Much like building with LEGO bricks, children build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding blocks in an easy-to-understand horizontal layout. To further personify the experience, LEGO BOOST lets children add voice recordings to their creations, adding personality without requiring spelling and typing. The app also includes more than 60 activities designed to inspire additional building, coding and play.
Creative Canvas Lets You Boost Any LEGO CreationTo further inspire creative building and coding, the LEGO BOOST app includes a “creative canvas” that includes basic building instructions for three simple base models that children can use to customize their own LEGO creations. The three bases available at launch include: a walking base for making animals like a dragon or a pony, a driving base for building vehicles like a dune buggy or rover, and an entrance base so that children can make their own castle, fort, or even a futuristic space station. (Take your creation on the go with a new LEGO bag, backpack or satchel.) Once children are comfortable with building and coding the various LEGO BOOST models, they can use the kit to “boost” any LEGO creation – from LEGO CITY and LEGO Friends to LEGO NINJAGO and The LEGO BATMAN Movie.
LEGO BOOST Includes:Hardware
- 3 BOOST Bricks:
- Move Hub with built-in tilt sensor
- Combination color & distance sensor
- Interactive motor
- 843 LEGO elements
- Playmat, calibrated to the app, designed to facilitate mini challenges to practice simple coding trials
- Free, downloadable app is iOS and Android tablet compatible
Black Girls CodeThrough workshops for young girls of color, Black Girls Code aims to help address the “dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions,” founder Kimberly Bryant writes, and build “a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.” blackgirlscode.com
Yes We CodeThe #YesWeCode initiative targets low-opportunity youth and provides them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. By learning this highly valuable and relevant 21st century skill, these young people are shifting the trajectory of their futures and transforming their relationships with their communities and their country. yeswecode.org
Girls Who CodeGeared specifically toward 13- to 17-year-old girls, pairs instruction and mentorship to “educate, inspire and equip” students to pursue their engineering and tech dreams. “Today, just 3.6% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, and less than 10% of venture capital-backed companies have female founders. Yet females use the internet 17% more than their male counterparts,” the website notes. girlswhocode.com
Sisters CodeWhile women make up 46.7% of the U.S. workforce, they represent less than 25% of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers. Sisters Code was founded to help bridge the technology gender gap by providing women with the tools they need to successfully re-career into the field of technology, transform lives and provide corporations with a greater pipeline of diverse talent to address the gender equity balance within their organizations. sisters-code.org
If you grew up a fan of shows like Inspector Gadget or Clarissa Explains It All - there's a new wave of entertainment made specially for girls and stem! Check out the gadget wielding, social media savvy girls from Project Mc² below!
The company behind Little Tikes and the Bratz Dolls have taken a new approach to STEM, launching a line of Project Mc² dolls. Each doll comes with a working experiment kit, so kids can play and feel inspired to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. The line, named Project Mc², released today at Walmart, Toys 'R' Us, Amazon, Kmart and more stores nationwide. In addition to the release of the dolls, a Netflix Original series also titled Project Mc² has premiered today. The show focuses on four girls inspired by the dolls who are recruited to join a top-secret spy organization.
"The Project Mc² brand was developed in order to inspire girls that it's cool to be smart, leverage the growing trend of STEM,"Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment