Green LEGO? Build Futuristic Solar Cars and Wind Powered Robots

lego wind energy renewable setGet your kids to build tomorrow’s solar power plant or wind turbine, with LEGO.

LEGO, makers of timeless bricks of wonder, continue their welcome advance into the classroom with the new Renewable Energy Set. The new set lets students experiment with using energy from their own bodies and the three main energy sources – solar, wind, and water – to generate, store, and use power. The set also contains building instructions for a variety of models such as a solar-powered car and a wind turbine.

The renewable energy set, comes with a new activity pack, which lets students 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 real-life models.

LEGO solar energy set girlsThe new set is part of Lego Education, a branch of Lego which aims to provide pre-schools to high-schools, with an educational package for exploring topics such as robotics, mechanics, electricity, math and even Aerospace.

If the last time you saw a piece of LEGO was in your childhood, I encourage you to check out some of the amazing things that can be done these days with the modern LEGO Mindstorms, it makes the LEGO Technics of my childhood look like naive child’s play by comparison. It is great to see the Legos of this generation, are just as relevant today, as they were for my generation.

And if there is a child in your life (your son or daughter, a niece, nephew, or spouse), pull him away from the TV and computer screen, and build something together.

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4 thoughts on “Green LEGO? Build Futuristic Solar Cars and Wind Powered Robots”

  1. Yossi says:

    What i find most interesting is that you both have similar memories

  2. Dave says:

    Interesting comment. I remember playing with a solar cell and tiny motor as a child as well. You can see the window and shades in the background. Let's make education more applicable and not less.

  3. Jen Garr says:

    Great teaching tool; wrong image!! I can only guess that the kids in the picture are shining a light on a small solar cell which powers some component of the Lego set. What a way to waste energy to teach kids about renewable energy!! About 20 years ago, my brother and I played with a small solar cell that was hooked up to a little fan, which we hung from the ceiling of our Sesame playhouse. I think the whole thing cost about $5. Shame on Lego for jacking up the price by $95 and calling it “educational” to shine a lamp on a renewable energy set!

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