What's The Difference Between LEGO Education SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime?
The newly-released LEGO Education SPIKE Essential is still raising some question marks for parents and educators who have just heard about the set.
LEGO Education robotics enthusiasts and users are more familiar with the MINDSTORM EV3, WeDo 2.0 and SPIKE Prime.
Simply put, here's how the sets works.
Robotics for Ages 4 - 10 years old
WeDo 2.0 (Production phased out in 2021 but app is functioning) >> SPIKE Essential (Introduced in 2019)
Robotics for Ages 10 - 16 years old
EV3 MINDSTORM (Production phased out in 2020 but app is functioning) >> SPIKE Prime (Introduced in 2021)
The DifferenceWe've created a straightforward table to detail the main differences between the SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime apart from the age recommendation.
SPIKE Essential vs. SPIKE Prime
What It Looks Like
|4 - 10 years old
|10 - 16 years old
|Icon-based Block Programming
|Text-based Block Programming or Python (Full-text programming)
|No. of Pieces
|449 pieces of bricks/elements
|528 pieces of bricks/elements
|Available Lesson Plans
40 Lesson Plans
29 Lesson Plans
FIRST LEGO League Explore
FIRST LEGO League Challenge
Both sets are part of the LEGO Learning System and meant to help the robotics and STEAM Learning tools be seamless as students progress from one level to another.
You can read more about the LEGO Learning System here: https://ducklearning.com/blogs/parent-and-educator-resources/what-is-lego-learning-system-lls
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