LEGO BOOST is the company’s latest brick kit for budding makers and coders. The kit includes 840 standard LEGO bricks with three BOOST bricks: a computer, a color sensor, and a motor. It’s a bit like Mindstorms but is easier to use with its own companion app.
The LEGO Boost kit combines traditional LEGO bricks with a computer, a sensor, and a motor to create five different projects. Kids ages 7 and up can build and program a robot, a cat, a bulldozer, a guitar, and a brick stacker. Each kit is designed to teach kids basic building and coding skills, and for extra creativity, other LEGO bricks can be added if desired.
“We know that children dream of bringing their LEGO creations to life, and our chief ambition for LEGO BOOST is to fulfill that wish. Once children build a LEGO creation, we give them simple coding tools to ‘boost’ their models by adding personality,” said Simon Kent, design lead at LEGO. “We want children to first and foremost have a fun and limitless play experience, adding the coding opportunity is the means to get there.”
The companion app is free for download (iOS and Android compatible) and gives building instructions and basic coding commands for the five LEGO Boost creations. Similar to building with LEGO bricks, kids program their creations by connecting digital blocks of code in a simple and horizontal layout. Voice recordings can also be added for more personality. The app includes over 60 activities with the BOOST kit too.
LEGO’s BOOST set is slated for launch in the second half of 2017. The set will retail for $160 online and in-stores, considerably cheaper than the company’s Mindstorms kit.