Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started 1: Amazing Discovery

Lego WeDo 2.0: A boy wearing black jacket is playing with Lego Education WeDo Core Set and his tablet

There are a total of eight Getting Started Projects for Lego Education WeDo 2.0 core set. But in this article, we are going to share with you our experience with the first four lessons.

WeDo 2.0 Core Set Glowing Snail

WeDo 2.0 Core Set Cooling Fan

WeDo 2.0 Core Set Moving Satellite

WeDo 2.0 Core Set Spy Robot

The Lego Education WeDo 2.0 lessons typically starts with a story and a situation that serves as a mission to be accomplished. Then, the kids are asked to build a model and create the corresponding program.

1. Glowing Snail

Project Background

In this project, the story is about a rare glowing snail that the two kids (named Max and Mia) saw flashing a green light in an aquarium. According to what they learned, that glow was a form of snail communication. Though they do not have even the slightest idea of what kind of communication that was, just a normal conversation or a sign of alarm. 😹 Nevertheless, the two kids wanted to build their own glowing snail. 

Project Objectives

🪐 Be familiar with the function of the SMART HUB.

🪐 Be familiar with the START and LIGHT BLOCK.

🪐 Be familiar in ESTABLISHING CONNECTION between the Smart Hub and the coding device.

Since this is the first project, the objectives are simply to make the kids familiar with the Smart Hub, establishing connection with coding device and the programming blocks particularly the START BLOCK and LIGHT BLOCK.

The SMART HUB is the piece that connects the model to its program in the coding device. This will be present in every project onwards. So it is really important that the kids get proficient in handling it.

The LIGHT BLOCK has a built-in color list that are represented by numbers 0 to 10. Please refer to the table below:

NumberColor NameNumberColor Name
0Black6Light Green
1Pink7Yellow
2Purple8Orange
3Blue9Red
4Light Blue10White
5Green

Project Tasks

🚩 Build the snail model.

🚩 Establish connection between the model and the coding device.

🚩 Create a program that make the snail flash a light using the LIGHT BLOCK.

This will be the first time the kids will be coding and downloading it to the model, so the tasks are just simple and easy. It will be just to set their mood for building and coding in one project.

Explore Time…

After learning and exploring the different color choices that can be applied on the smart hub. My five year old kid immediately thought of letting his snail flashed a rainbow! 🙂

Watch his video below:

See post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set? for further information on the building elements and programming blocks.

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2. Cooling Fan

Project Background

The story is simple and obvious. It was a hot day and the characters Mia and Max were in their science lab where the temperature got warm . So they need something to cool the room down. Of course, they would thought of having a cooling fan (though my kid immediately suggested turning the aircon on! 😹).

Project Objectives

🎡 Student/s should be familiar with the use of the MEDIUM MOTOR.

🎡 Student/s should learn how to apply the MOTOR SPEED BLOCK.

After learning the function of the smart hub, the next important element to learn is the motor. As the mobility of the project depends on it, it is necessary that the kids learn its ins and outs.

First and foremost, how to connect it to the smart hub (No worries… It is as easy as pie 😸). Then, learn the different function of its programming blocks. Although in this lesson, the focus is on the Motor Speed Block alone.

Project Tasks

🌟 Student/s should build the cooling fan model with the medium motor in it.

🌟 Student/s should connect the motor to the smart hub.

🌟 Student/s should create a program using the MOTOR SPEED BLOCK to make it work.

In this project, the kids are going to learn how the medium motor works and the programming blocks for it. However, the focus is on applying the Motor Speed block.

Explore Time

This time my five year old decided to enhance the appearance of the model by adding some blocks on it and try the different motor speeds.

See post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set? for further information on the building elements and programming blocks.

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3. Moving Satellite

Project Background

The two kids, Max and Mia, were listening to the news and they heard about the satellite and how it works. As a result, they too would want to have their own moving satellite.

My kid does not know anything about satellite and its function so we had a little discussion about what is it, why we need it or how it help us improve our life.

Project Objectives

👓 Be familiar with the use of the MEDIUM MOTOR further.

👓 Learn how to apply the different MOTOR DIRECTION BLOCKS.

Project Tasks

🌟 Build the satellite model.

🌟 Create a program using the different MOTOR PROGRAMMING BLOCKS.

This project aims to strengthen the student’s knowledge on the medium motor in building and coding. Also, to introduce and apply the other MOTOR PROGRAMMING BLOCKS.

Almost all of the following projects will be using the motor.

Explore Time

Well’ he did not do much with the model this time. He simply added two more colorful antennas on top of his satellite. He complained of how quick the satellite turn and stop. So, we decided to learn and apply the REPEAT BLOCK on his program to make his satellite move as long as he wants.

See post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set? for further information on the building elements and programming blocks.

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4. Spy Robot

Project Background

Max and Mia were preparing a surprise for they friend but they have no idea when he is coming. Hence, they decided to build a spy robot as a device to alert them of his arrival.

Project Objectives

👓 Be familiar with the use of the MOTION SENSOR.

👓 Be familiar with the WAIT FOR and PLAY SOUND BLOCKS .

👓 Learn how to apply the ANY DISTANCE CHANGE BLOCK as input.

Project Tasks

🌟 Build the spy robot model with a motion sensor.

🌟 Create a program using the WAIT FOR BLOCK and PLAY SOUND BLOCK.

🌟 Then use at least the ANY DISTANCE CHANGE BLOCK as input.

Explore Time

After trying out the program with ANY DISTANCE BLOCK as input, my son decided and proceeded to add the medium motor on top of the model.

Watch the video below to see what happened.😉

See post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set? for further information on the building elements and programming blocks.

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Summary

To sum our experience with the first four projects of Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set, here are the GOOD and BAD (yeah, sad to say, there is a bad part… though I think it’s on us and not on the lego set):

The GOOD

🎠 It is really fun and exciting. I had a hard time stopping my kid or should I say, he could not stop himself from doing one project after another. (He even ended disobeying our rule for him not to touch it without my supervision).

🎠 The lessons are easy to follow that even my five year old barely needed my assistance afterwards.

🎠 Building instruction is available in a graphical format and so is the sample program. So there is no reason that kids will not be able to do it.

The BAD

🎠 We lost some pieces and could not find them. And one of the antenna part was broken. These things happened while I am out and the kids were left on their own to explore the set (despite telling them not to touch it without me). Sad to say, this part is on us.

🎠 There are a lot of tiny pieces that have CHOKING HAZARD for younger kids. Hence, you should always keep an eye on your younger learners.

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7 Replies to “Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started 1: Amazing Discovery”

  1. I’m very delighted to have this article, you have done a great job by putting it together, it is understandable and comprehensive. This is the first time I’m getting something as useful as this in a long time and I can see that you are very practical in details. It’s very thoughtful of you to put this out here, thanks for the help.

  2. This stuff is awesome and thanks for the post. I think education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) issues as addressed in your article is critical for our youth along with a re-emphasis on civics. I’ve been giving STEM-oriented gifts to my nieces and nephews the last couple of years. They are hungry to learn about that stuff.

    1. Hi William!

      I think you are such an awesome Uncle to your nephews and nieces. These days we really have to be smart in our gift giving as well. The kids’ playfulness and curious little minds are both satisfied with these STEM toys like Lego WeDo 2.0 core set.

      Have a wonderful day!

  3. Hi Rose 

    Thank you for sharing your post “Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started 1” with us. I am so glad I landed on your Robotics and Coding for Kids website with all this great information. It is a bonus to see how your son applies these “lessons” in real life with the videos that you shared. I immediately shared your post with my daughter who is homeschooling my grandchildren. With coding for kids made this fun, the future for our children and grandchildren will be bright!

    All the best 

    Louis Munro

    1. Hi Louis!

      It is my pleasure to share my knowledge on robotics and coding for kids with others. These days a lot of free lessons on coding and programming for kids are available online but only few people know.

      I am glad that through this website I am able to be of service to others.

      Thank you for sharing my post with your daughter. Should she need any help please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  4. Hello Rose,

    I am completely amazed by your son’s ability! I can already tell that he will have a very bright future ahead of him. At 5 years old, he is simply a prodigy in the making. Maybe one day, you can expose him to young talent shows.

    I wish when I was young, we had that kind of education. But I guess seeing this shows that we are improving as humans and as a society.

    Cheers,
    Eric

    1. Hi Eric!

      This whole robotics and coding for kids website is actually dedicated to my three kids.

      Also, I wish to inspire parents and teachers alike that there are toys that are both fun and highly educational.

      I have yet to feature my other two kids.

      My five year old is the youngest but he is the most eager to do a recorded play time and upload it to YouTube.😅

      I really wish our three kids to have a bright future. I hope it will happen as you say.

      No need of talent shows.😉

      Thank you very much your kind words!

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