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Bring your LEGO bricks to life with a Boost

Learn to code with Lego's new STEM toy

Earlier this year, Lego was said to have built itself into the world’s most powerful brand and it doesn’t appear ready to be knocked from its towering position any time soon. It has unveiled Lego Boost, a new 843-brick kit aimed at seven to 12-year-olds which lets you create a host of cool, programmable robots.

Set to come with a Bluetooth LE-enabled Move Hub that has an integrated tilt sensor as well as motors and a colour-distance sensor, you’ll be able to build five hi-tech models. These include a robot called Vince, a playable electric guitar, an interactive meowing cat, a bulldozer and, perhaps most intriguing, an autobuilder which actually constructs small Lego models for you.

Unlike Lego’s current, more advanced, robot-builder, Mindstorms, Boost will utilise the ordinary iconic bricks that are found in most kids’ cupboards. The creations can then be brought to life using a simple, easily-learned drag-and-drop coding language that is similar to Scratch. This will be integrated within a free app for Android and iOS and there will have more than 60 activities to try.

With sound and light capabilities as well as the potential for open-ended creation, Lego is hoping the set will encourage a new generation of robotic enthusiasts and coders. Launching in August and costing $160 (UK pricing has yet to be announced),  it’s certainly looking to be good value for money.