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2013

LEGO Education Simple Machines Giveaway

Hi readers! I’m so excited about today’s giveaway!

As many of you know we’ve been absolutely loving the LEGO Education products lately. And my kiddos are super excited that we’ve added them into our curriculum this year.

We’re going to be doing a co-op with the  LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms Base Set this year, but I’ll have more to share on that later.

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set and Software for you. This stuff is so cool, I had no idea!

Literally.

I had no idea until my friends 12 year old showed me how to use it.

And yes, I felt old.

But then I realized how cool this product is!

 

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As I mentioned, we received the LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set, Activity Pack, and Software set. We downloaded the Farris Wheel instructions from their online resources, then built the project using the WeDo 9580 + 9585 sets combined.

Once our project was complete, we installed the LEGO Education WeDo software pack to my computer. That’s when Trevor came to help bail me out.

I tried to figure out the software on my own.

Because I have an aversion to reading instructions.

Then I gave up and Trevor came to the rescue.

Here’s a short video we made on using the software to power your LEGO Education creation…apparently it’s really not all that complicated. So I’m thinking I was just having an “off” day. Yeah.

Click here to watch the video or press the play button below.

 

And just to show you how cool LEGO Education is, I am giving away one of the Homeschool Simple Machines Pack with Printed Teacher’s guide to get you started! (That’s over a $100 kit people, free for one of you!)

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Ready to win?

Fill out the rafflecopter below to enter!

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Disclosure: I received a free kit from the company mentioned for review and giveaway on my blog. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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  1. I love the Simple and Motorized mechanisms base set!

  2. The Wild Animals seems pretty cool!

  3. The simple & motorized base set looks like a great way to get started!!! This looks like soooooo much fun!!

  4. I’m interested in the simple & mototized base set! Looks great!

  5. They all look great though!

  6. Priscilla Staley says:

    I like the simple and motorized mechanisms set!

  7. Shelah McLeod says:

    OK – I can’t help but drool over the Homeschool LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Pack with Robotics Engineering & Curriculum…. you asked…. :)

  8. We love the Wild Animal sets!

  9. My boys would love them all, however if I had to choose it would be simple and motorised mechanisms. I think this would be a great way to teach basic physics.

  10. So far, I like the simple and motorized mechanisms base set. My children have been to a LEGO party and enjoyed creating with similar sets and software.

  11. My girls would love the wild animals!

  12. Our 4 boys would love the 9580 LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Set. We are just beginning homeschooling this term. Very excited.
    Thanks for your website. I love it!!

  13. I like the Renewable energy add on kit. I would love to get that for my kids.

  14. I love the wild animal sets! So cool!

  15. I like the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set – I think my son would love figuring out motors with LEGOs.

  16. I think the Adventure Stories one looks really cool! And I know my son would think any of them were awesome. He informed me about a year ago that he would be moving to Denmark when he graduated college and would be working for Lego as an Engineer!

  17. I have been wanting to add this to my kids education, but just cannot afford the set right now. We are studying the 1900′s and the Simple Machine Set would be a great addition to our studies. Thanks for previewing the product. I have seen you mention them previously and have looked into them before, but winning this would be amazing!

  18. I just began homeschooling my two youngest this year and came across the LEGO series and would lo eto try this out. My favorite is the Robotics

  19. I like the simple and motorized machines set!

  20. Why do I NOT like Lego Education. It teaches basic physics concepts to my son while he has fun creating, combining both science and creativity.

  21. Ariana Brutico says:

    Our children have been extremely interested in making anything that flies (i.e., paper airplanes, rocket ships, etc.) and would be thrilled to receive any kit that helped advance their learning in that area. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. For me it would be a toss up between the Build to Express and the Story Starters sets. Both my dc have language issues and anything that would help in that area would be very helpful.

  23. Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set would be perfect for my oldest two.

  24. We like the story starters, simple motorized set, and the animal set. Any of them look like great learning resources though.
    Thanks

  25. I have been wanting the simple and motorized machine set for ages!!! I also love the storyteller sets! I habe a pretty long wishlist on lego education!

  26. I had no idea!?! The Simple Machines Set with Teacher Guide sounds very exciting from a homeschooling perspective. And the Wild Animals do look fun! How to choose? My goodness.

  27. My son would probably love the animal set.

  28. I am an engineer turned middle school teacher turned full time homeschooling mom. I love legos and anything that children can use to begin to see how they can solve problems and create solutions out of their creativity and effort. I especially love this when it applies to girls.We would love the Simple Machines Set with Teacher Guide – it seems like it would be at the best level for my two girls and I would love to incorporate it into our schooling.

  29. the animals set sounds great

  30. The simple motorized set looks great!

  31. Mariann Brown says:

    Wild Animal WeDo

  32. I can see any kid getting into building and playing with those kits, and never realizing they’re learning!

  33. My boys would flip out over the Simple Machines Set! All of them look cool but that would be a great starting point! Thanks for the give away!

  34. The Simple Machines set would be the perfect beginning to a wonderful lego education relationship! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Love the way Legos get work their spacial reasoning, logic, creativity, and more.

  36. Love the simple and motorized!

  37. I love the the simple machines and the mechanisms extension pack. My kids would love this.

  38. The wild animals looks awesome!! I think my daughter would love that! And if she didn’t I would! :)

  39. I’m so impressed with the Simple Machines set. It would be a perfect addition to our homeschooling plans for this year! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  40. I think my son would absolutely love to learn with the simple and motorized mechanisms set!

  41. Jodie McCaffrey says:

    Since my daughter discovered Legos last year, I’ve been stalking the Simple Machines set. She has a very mechanical brain and I know she would LOVE this set. To win would be awesome!

  42. The simple and motorized mechanisms base set looks like a great place to start. My son would love this!

  43. Simple Machine Set…any of them would be GREAT!

  44. We have been looking into such products as my son loves constructing, designing and building. He has an engineer’s mind. This would be a PERFECT addition to our homeschool.

  45. I like the Motorized Mechanisms, though all look really cool!

  46. I love the simple machines! My son would go crazy!!!

  47. YahuahsHomeMaker says:

    I am learning more and more and can see how they benefit children’s imagination. I would like the Story Starters but everything looks cool!

  48. I like the simple motorized mechanism set.

  49. The simple & motorized mechanism base set looks great.

  50. They all look great, but I would probably go with the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set. My sons are obsessed with Legos, so this would be great!

  51. I am teaching a LEGO class for our co-op this year and I would love to have the simple and motorized mechanisms set!

  52. I like the simple machines set.

  53. We’re just now beginning to recognize the benefits of this for our 2nd grader. She has a unique ability to figure things out & put them together. It would be great to start off with the Lego Education We Do kit. It sounds like a great way to get our feet wet as we venture into this new territory.

  54. I love the hands-on, FUN way to teach simple machines!

  55. Jenna DeMaria says:

    Honestly, this is the set I would pick. Homeschool Simple Machines Pack with Printed Teacher’s Guide. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Everything looks cool, but honestly Lego needs to make their website more user friendly. I couldn’t figure out what a basic starter set for elementary robotics would include and cost.

    Subsequently my favorite is the simple machines because it is on your website.

  57. I think the Simple Machines would be a great set to start with for my son.

  58. This is our first year homeschooling and we told our son that if the first half of the year went well, we’d add lego science to our curriculum. Simple Machines is the top of our list, but I’m sure we’ll get more than just that one. It would great to win.

  59. I like the Story Starter Packs and I know my 8 year old daughter would love the Simple machines and my younger two would love any of the duplo sets for preschoolers. The playground set is cute.

  60. I love that these kits are appropriate for a variety of ages – I am always looking for projects that will challenge both of my children, and I think that they would love LEGO Simple Machines.

  61. My kids are hands on learners and winning the set would be wonderful. I think it’s also great way to teach science in a nonthreatening way for both parents and kids.

  62. The sets look amazing, what fun possibilities for the kids to build and learn! If I had to choose one it would be the Simple Machines to get started although the StoryStarter Core set looks like an awesome resource also. Any Lego kit would be wonderful to win!

  63. Hello. We are a lego loving family so when I saw this post I thought I would see what you were talking about. I popped over to see the site and think it would be neat to be able to build and rebuild different sets to have some hands on learning. Thank you for the opportuinty to win one here. *smile*

    Glad to hear you were able to get some help getting yours set up properly. *smile* I am new here and look forward to checking out more of your posts. SIncerely, Mrs. Helvie

  64. I love the renewable energy set!

  65. My 9 year old loves Legos this would be a great way to teach and have fun.

  66. I have been coveting one of these sets since you linked to them in your curriculum lineup! I love the simple machines set and also the construction set. I have three sons that would LOVE adding this to our homeschool day!

  67. I love the Simple Machines set. I am always looking for fun ways to teach science concepts and if it’s Legos…it’s all good :)

  68. The story starter lots seem pretty cool

  69. I like the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms Base Set

  70. Ironically, the set you’re giving away (simple machines) is the set I’d most like to welcome into our home…but I have a feeling they’d all be treasured!

  71. We love all of the lego kits, my son loves Legos and the thought of having what I need in a kit with a guide for me to help use them is awesome. He is really into constructing things and wanting to build a robot.

  72. I like the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set!

  73. Karen Ferreira says:

    I love the simple machines set. I have been wanting to buy it for my son for a long time.

  74. Love the simple machines!

  75. LEGO DUPLO Early Simple Machines Set for Preschoolers.

  76. The simple machines set looks like a lot of fun!

  77. My boys would LOVE any of them since we don’t have any.
    (I how ever like the mechanisms and soccer.)

    Thanks for doing this!
    Kathy

  78. My boys love legos, but these take it to a whole new level. They were really excited about the story starters and the animal set. Thanks for sharing!

  79. We would LOVE any of the Lego kits! I have looking at the WeDo kit specifically. I think all of my kids would enjoy it :).

  80. They all look great, the Homeschool LEGO Education WeDo Pack looks like a great starting place.

  81. The Simple Machines set would be a great starting point for my boys. They love LEGO!! Thank you for the opportunity :)

  82. The simple and motorized machines set is a favorite!

  83. Any of them from the 7+ age stuff, but particularly the machines and mechanisms kits.

  84. I love the idea because it combines learning and legos which sounds like fun!

  85. They all look fun!

  86. Nancy Johnson says:

    My kids have shown an interest in pulleys & levers. I think the Simple Machines Set would be great for them! Have fun & learning – what a great combo!!

  87. we LOVE LOVE LOVE Lego Education! I think one of our top picks would be the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Pack with Robotics Engineering & Curriculum. :)

  88. Trina Thornburg says:

    I love the WeDo education set or the story starter set.

  89. I like it because it’s hands-on and it helps develop critical thinking! I love the construction sets and all the concepts they teach while the kids “play”! I didn’t realize that they had a homeschool pack too!! Would love to look into a set for Christmas;)

  90. this looks awesome

  91. Wow! All of the sets for pre-K and lower elementary look great for us. The tubes set, simple machines and wheels would probably be tops on my list but my kids would be delighted with any of them!!

  92. It’s hard to pick one, they are all fantastic. Probably the simple machines set and then we would be hooked!

  93. Kaaren Haynes says:

    Love these sets. Hands on learning….

  94. My son has had the privilege of learning with the Lego Robotics with a group of his peers. I would love to be able bring some of this to our home education and share it with his younger siblings. I think Introducing Simple and Powered Machines would be a great product to start with.

  95. I love Lego educational, just discovered them at a homeschooling conference this year. Would love to add thus to our curriculum!

  96. My son would LOVE the simple and motorized mechanisms base set . He loves anything Lego and would love to build things that go!

  97. They all look great! Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set would be a lot of fun.

  98. I love all of them – and feel we could benefit the most from the storystarter set.

  99. My son wants it all. lol I think the Robotics kit would be a wonderful start!

  100. We’d love the Simple machines or We Do kit

  101. The simple motorized base kit but we are Lego crazy around here so they all look amazing.

  102. With two boys who will be in 2nd and 5th next year I would like to start with the WeDo Construction set. Followed closely by the simple machines set. I think we’d all love it. Well my little princess who will be doing pre-k may need one a bit more girly and a bit more on level, but Mom and boys would be happy.

  103. the simple machines and wild animals(along with everything else) look awesome! :)

  104. Michele Flowers says:

    I love Lego education. We have used a robotics set at a friends house, and my own children use Legos to make stop motions movies! We would love to add our first Lego Education set to our house! Thanks !

  105. I really love the EV3 Space Challenge curriculum set, which would go wonderfully with our Apologia Astronomy curriculum this year!

  106. My older son would love the Education We Do Construction Set. It would be a great introduction to robotics & motorized building.

  107. oh my gosh. those are fantastic. i love the WeDo sets, but the simple machines definitely appeals to the homeschooler in me!

  108. Alyssa Rundle says:

    I like the simple machine set.

  109. My kids would LOVE the Simple & Motorized base set!

  110. I’d love any of the elementary or middle school sets.

  111. Would love any of them, but thinking the WeDoRobotics would be really neat to start with. Thanks for doing this!!!

  112. We are a Lego Loving Family! (who doesn’t love Legos?) To pick just one is so hard. For my daughter, the Robotics Engineering sets would really get her wheels turning and for my son, the Transportation packs!

  113. Love the Early Simple Machines III Activity Pack for my little ones.

  114. I’d love the simple & motorized base set!

  115. I love the sets! They look like awesome teaching tools. My son would love any of them as we are LEGO crazy! But the animal & transportation sets would be his favorite!

  116. I like the we do construction set because they have a lot of additions to it. the one that you are giving away is a great one to. I would love anything that lego gives away.

  117. Ever since we participated in the Lego League last year, I’ve wanted to get our own Mindstorms robot, but we also loved playing with the We-Do kits. How to choose?????

  118. patrick cordery says:

    any thing that lego makes is fun all of it I would want.

  119. We love the LEGO WeDo: my son is using it at the charter school he attends 2 days a week, and loves it. We’d love to have more of their robotics or machines at home!

  120. Christina Sutter says:

    My son is a huge fan of Legos and I think this would be fun for all of us. I found out about them from your website awhile back but couldn’t afford to buy the set. The Lego website is a bit hard to navigate but thanks to you, I was able to understand a little more. Thanks as always.

  121. The simple and motorized set looks great! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  122. Hard to decide…maybe the story starters sets? Love this giveaway!!

  123. The Simple and Compound Machines set would be perfect for my 4 – we are tackling a huge unit of that same name this year, and this set would help out a lot!

  124. It all looks so fun. My 10yo will be so excited to know I found this website via you Erica! He loves to build and I try to have him review what he has learned through history via his legos. We just did energy last year so I’m thinking the renewable energy pack might help review some of last years science!

  125. Both of my kids love legos so much. I have been eyeing the WeDo set for a while!

  126. My boys’ favorite toys are Legos…the simple machine pack would be a great Christmas Gift. :)

  127. My boys are Lego fanatics…they would like any and all sets :)

  128. Why do I like Legos…too many reasons to list…suffice it to say that Legos are AWESOME and very educational!! ;-)

  129. Simple and Motorized mechanisms base set!

  130. I think that the We Do robotics look to be right about my seven year old son’s level. He loves Legos!

  131. I think the Robotics stuff looks fun!!

  132. We were just talking about this yesterday and how badly our kids need this in our schooling :) They have tinkered with these at a camp and love the motorized and simple machine pack!

  133. sherri brooks says:

    Anything Lego and motorized, can’t got wrong!

  134. Sarah Ann Wong says:

    I like the MINDSTORMS Education Base Set with TETRIX because it gives the kids an opportunity to build a robot!

  135. We would love the WeDo Construction set! it would be so wonderful for my son!

  136. I love the Simple and Motorized mechanisms base set. Legos are amazing and they have really helped all three of my kids with fine motor skills. My youngest has cerebral palsy and he loves putting them together and this one is especially cool because it moves.

  137. My six-year-old son would love We Do robotics as he very eager to build Legos and make it move.

  138. Karleen Mauldin says:

    I think my son would love all the sets! Hard to say which one to pick first!

  139. The Simple & Base set would be a great starting spot! My son loves Legos and any way to incorporate that in learning is a win-win!!!

  140. My son would LOVE the wild animals set!

  141. The wild animals looks super cute and fun!

  142. I can’t pick just one. We LOVE lego at our house. My boys are always buiding and playing with them. I dream of buying one of these someday (or a bunch of them!).

  143. Story starters is my fav!

  144. We would love any of them. All three of my children love anything LEGO. If I had to choose just one the simple motorized base set would be a great start. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!

  145. My son is in Middle School, and I think that he would love the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT set!

  146. Sara Peterson says:

    I love the Simple Machines. My boys would be so excited to play with it.

  147. The simple and motorized base set is great, but all the sets are wonderful.

  148. We would love the LEGO Education WeDo Extension Activities Bundle Pack. All of the packs look incredible and I see many hours of fun learning!

  149. Learning with Legos! What’s not to love? My son would love any of these sets.

  150. Legos have been getting boys involved in hands on learning for some time now, which I why I love this. Boys need to, at times, be enticed to learn if we want them to keep at it when things get tough. I believe this will help my son learn and have fun in the process.

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