How to Introduce Coding with LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime

As coding curriculum is rolled out across Canadian schools, educators are looking for ways to introduce students to STEM concepts in engaging, purposeful ways.  

LEGO® Education develops classroom-ready solutions to introduce 21st century skills, with a wide variety of robotics kits designed to promote hands-on investigation and coding literacy. One of the most comprehensive kits is the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set, equipped with colourful LEGO® building elements, easy-to-use hardware and access to STEAM lesson plans through the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App. 

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Designed for grades 6-8, the SPIKE Prime set includes everything a student needs to make coding fun and accessible, including:

  • A programmable Hub that comes with a 5x5 light matrix, 6 input/output ports, an integrated 6-axis gyro, a speaker, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rechargeable battery. 
  • 3 types of sensors that are used for distance, pressure, and colour. 
  • 2 medium motors and 1 large motor. 
  • 528 individual bricks with axles, gears, and beams. 
  • 2 minifigures named Kate and Kyle. 
  • A sturdy storage box with sorting trays for easy organizing. 

Along with the physical components, the kit also comes with virtual STEAM-based lesson plans with units on engineering, data science,  computer science and more. With options to introduce coding through intuitive, drag-and-drop language or to explore text-based coding in Python, lesson plans are customizable for learners at every age.  

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How To Get Started

To equip educators to confidently deliver SPIKE Prime lesson plans in the classroom, LEGO Education offers comprehensive professional development programs that inspire teachers to learn, practice and master competencies before facilitating them with students.

InkSmith is also committed to ensuring successful classroom delivery, which is why we provide support for LEGO Education hardware, software, curriculum, and teacher training for schools across Canada.

LEGO Education SPIKE Prime lesson plans and professional development resources for teachers and educators

If you’ve recently purchased a
LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set, getting organized before facilitating a lesson will help you keep your robotics kit organized, classroom managed, and most importantly, keep students engaged while developing critical STEAM skills.  

Here are some steps to help get you started:

Step 1: Unbox your LEGO SPIKE Prime kit 

If you have purchased a kit for your classroom, the first step is to unbox and organize all the elements. Here’s a few steps to get you started: 

  1. The handy storage bin comes with two sorting trays. Use the label stickers for easy sorting and cleaning up.  
  2. Open bags 1 to 8 and sort the small parts into the labeled compartments. Store the bigger elements under the sorting trays.
  3. Insert the rechargeable battery into the SPIKE Prime Hub.
  4. For teachers with more than one robotics kit, label the SPIKE Prime hardware components and the accompanying storage box to keep your classroom organized.
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Step 2: Download the SPIKE App  

The SPIKE App is an essential part of the kit and brings learning to life.  In this app, you’ll find step-by-step tutorials and building instructions that will introduce you to the Hub, motors, and sensors, along with all the relevant SPIKE Prime resources needed to deliver lessons. Complete with a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface, mastering coding is simple, even for beginners.  

  1. Download the SPIKE App to your tablet or computer.
  2. Don’t forget to name your Hub when first setting up. Giving each Hub a distinct name helps differentiate them and keeps your classroom organized.
  3. Enable Bluetooth connectivity on tablets and computers to connect to the Hub.
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Step 3: Start Learning!

With the SPIKE App educators have access to comprehensive curriculum, including 5 units of 45-minute STEAM lesson plans.

  1. To begin, simply follow the steps below: Start with the “Getting Started” tutorials and get to know how to use the Hub, sensors, and motors.
  2. Follow the unit plans within the app or download them to use them offline.
  3. It’s time to experiment, test, and build your new creations!
  4. When the lesson is done use the storage bin to neatly store the components.
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Step 4: Unlock Classroom Creativity

Now that you know your way around the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set and SPIKE App, it’s time to play!

Incorporating your new LEGO robotics kit in lesson plans is a fabulous way to introduce coding to your students, unlocking their creativity, critical-thinking skills and shaping the innovative minds of tomorrow.

For more support in getting started with SPIKE Prime, contact a member of the InkSmith team for technical support or information on placing bulk orders for your classroom.

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