This morning, LEGO announced the new LEGO Education BricQ Motion sets and we were sent a copy of the BricQ Motion Essential (45401) set to check out. The set has 523 pieces and retails for $99.95 and is intended for kids ages 6+.
With the set, you get a decent sized tub filled with all the parts needed for the building activities. Inside you’ll also find a decorative sticker sheet as well as one for the color coding of the two white bins for the parts. The bag of parts have their own designated spot which makes it easier for kids to find a certain part of a certain color. Also included is a box of replacement parts in case some go missing.
There are also two instruction booklets with ten total building activities. There will be more lesson plans available online as part of the curriculum. The first instruction booklet has some of the more basic builds while the second booklet is a bit more advanced.
The first build gives students a quick look at how motion works by using the splat pieces. Connecting them closely together allows all four of them to spin. It’s a pretty simple lesson.
The next build teaches students how interia works by thhe way of a hockey game. The puck, represented by a rim, is hit by turning the splat piece which controls the whole section with the skater. The goalie is also controlled by the splat piece as well.
Following that is also a lesson about inertia. There’s a whole section that uses a spring piece to push the brick to hit the car.
Next up is a balancing lesson which uses some weighted 2×6 bricks. Students will have to learn how to adjust the weights on the Technic axle to keep the gymnist up on the rope. This lesson is probably my favorite one out of this set.
The next lesson is teaching students how wind is able to make things move. The cart uses a sail made out of paper to travel by blowing some wind against it.
On to the second instruction booklet, the build have more going into them and they use more advanced parts, most notably the Technic parts. This first one is sort of a battering ram that uses some springs to push the bar forward to hit the car.
The next build is a basketball build that uses multiple things to achieve the goal. The “shooter” uses the weighted brick to shoot the ball into the basket. You can adjust the distance to the basket using the gear in the middle. The back is also adjustable as well. This is a fun lesson to show how much force is needed to make a basket from a certain distance.
As we get more bigger, the next lesson is a slide that shows how far something can go by its weight. You can either use the sled of minifigures, a couple of 2×6 bricks, as well as the weighted brick to test how far each one goes.
This next build is a very fun looking one that uses a pulley system to show how weight is distributed to the weightlifter. Two weighted bricks are in the back and you can push up or down on the wheels/barbell to see the pulley system works.
Lastly, we have a long slope for the sled to go down on. It uses some plates to have a smooth surface for it to descend using just gravity.
These were just a few of the lessons that are included in the LEGO Education BricQ Motion Essential (45401) set. Again, there are a lot more building activities in the online lesson plan. The set allows students to learn about motion through physical science and how they apply to real-world application. Each set costs $99.95 and is able to be used by two students at a time. It is available starting today at https://www.LEGOeducation.com/BricQ-motion and if you need more, you can contact your local sales representative or LEGO Education authorized reseller for complete pricing and availability.
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