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Teaching the Children with Green Toys

Hats off to Lego. Many happy hours at play with the Danish bricks when I was a kid but now they have really tapped into the zeitgeist with their new Renewable Energy Add-on Set. No I am not kidding.

The folks at Lego Education plan to release the product later this year (in time for the Christmas market?) and it is designed to go with the Simple & Motorized Mechanisms Set (which is a core set in their Machines & Mechanisms range).

The aim, as their website states, is that students will explore renewable energy sources; investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion, and consumption; and use measurements and data analysis to describe and explain outcomes through hands-on activities and exciting, real-life models.

If kids (or parents) combine it with the very successful Mindstorms range, users will be able to  experiment using energy from their own bodies and the three main energy sources (solar, wind, and water) to generate, store, and use power. The set includes a solar panel, generator, and LEGO Energy Meter.

If we are to produce a generation that really understands the green agenda and can apply it in their daily lives, this is a great way to start. Lego have been very clever in the last twenty years as they reposition what was a very traditional toy, in increasingly complex arrangements (the Bionicle range for example), for the post-internet market.

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