LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox
Boost kit to help children learn coding
Lego has announced a kit for building and programming robots, designed to encourage a younger generation to learn how to code, at this year's CES tech conference. Developed for children aged seven and older, the Lego Boost kit allows users to assemble moving toys from a range of programmable elements and the Danish company's iconic plastic bricks. The kit comes with all the parts needed to build five different models: Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder. A free app provides the building instructions and simple coding commands needed to animate each of the toys. Designed to mimic the process of building Lego, the interface requires users to link digital coding blocks in a horizontal layout. The Lego Boost app also includes instructions for adding movement to a builder's custom model.