Ignite Primary School Students' Passion for STEAM Learning
Keep Students Engaged
Students become increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply conceptual knowledge and practices to solving real-world problems, hands-on through building, prototyping, and storytelling activities.
Hybrid Learning OpportunitiesRead More
Both products offer hybrid extensions which provide the flexibility to continue student's learning in remote environments outside of class.
Cross-curricular SolutionRead More
Take 1 resource and teach multiple subjects from science, technology, engineering, Art and Maths - it is also very easy to implement with FREE access to curriculum-aligned lesson plans and online resources.
Interconnected SolutionsRead More
Easy-to-adopt solution which works with / without technology.
Professional DevelopmentRead More
Confident teachers develop confident students. FREE access to LEGO professional development resources and register to attend our in-person training and hands on workshops facilitated by our LEGO certified academy trainer.
STEAM solutions that work seamlessly together with or without technology
The easy-to-adopt LEGO® Learning System offers an interconnected solution that works with or without technology through the SPIKE Essential and BricQ Essential.
The LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Portfolio encourages broad STEAM learning and application of computational thinking with a focus on coding, technology, and digital integration whereas LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential provides a foundational understanding of physical science concepts and an analog introduction to computational thinking.
Both products supplement each other, and together, they unlock unlimited learning opportunities. Schools are encouraged to use both models to maximise the expected learning outcomes from the curriculum-aligned lesson units.
Deliver Strong Learning Outcomes
- Develop computational thinking skills, including creating and modifying sequences, testing, debugging, and using loops
- Explore the engineering design process, including defining a problem, brainstorming solutions, and testing and refining prototypes
- Investigate the scientific concepts of energy, energy transfer, and collision
- Strengthen oral communication skills as they collaboratively discuss their experiences
- Develop social-emotional language by helping a main story character solve a problem
Introducing the LEGO® Education SPIKE Essential
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential is part of the LEGO® Learning System. It's an exciting hands-on solution that uses playful learning experiences to engage primary school students in cross-curricular learning, putting them on the path to becoming resilient, independent thinkers.
This playful, narrative-based learning experience encourages students to investigate STEAM concepts while contributing to literacy, math, and social-emotional skills development. It uses Minifigures, with different characteristics and personalities, to make problem-solving relatable to all students through curriculum-aligned learning units. Icon- and word-based block coding with simple hardware help students bring their creations to life. A variety of age-appropriate tools helps students develop into independent STEAM thinkers as their learning progresses from grade to grade.
LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential
LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential engages students primary school students in cross-curricular learning as they experiment hands-on with forces, motion, and interactions in the context of sports.
Using special elements like gears, levers, axels, and pulleys, students actively engage in learning physical science as they build cool creations. Part of the LEGO Learning System, BricQ Motion provides easy, hands-on learning experiences that spark cool "aha" moments as students set bricks in motion. Classroom sets as well as personal learning kits make it flexible to use in classrooms and remote environments without the need for technology. BricQ Motion is accompanied by a comprehensive professional development program.
Additional FREE Resources
Develop students critical thinking skills through a variety of cross-curricula challenges combining the SPIKE Essential and BricQ Essential. Aligned with the Australian Curriculum, the 45 minute lesson plans are designed for primary school classrooms, to engage students critical thinking skills and solve complex levels.
Explore LEGO Education SPIKE Essential for Primary School
Explore LEGO Education SPIKE Essential for Primary School
Introducing LEGO Education SPIKE Essential
Learn with LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Unit 2 - Lesson 2
Learn with LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Unit 1 - Lesson 4
Learn with LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Unit 4 - Lesson 6
Introducing LEGO® Education BricQ Motion
General Q & A
What is LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential?
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential is part of the LEGO® Learning System. It's an exciting hands-on solution that uses playful learning experiences to engage primary school students in STEAM learning, putting them on the path to becoming resilient, independent thinkers.
This playful, narrative-based learning experience encourages students to investigate STEAM concepts while contributing to literacy, math, and social-emotional skills development. It uses Minifigures, with different characteristics and personalities, to make problem-solving relatable to all students through standards-aligned learning units. Icon- and word-based block coding with simple hardware-including an intelligent two-port Hub, motors, a Light Matrix, and a Color Sensor-help students bring their creations to life. A variety of age-appropriate tools helps students develop into independent STEAM thinkers as their learning progresses from grade to grade. SPIKE Essential is accompanied by a comprehensive professional development program.
What is the target age group?
SPIKE Essential is designed for lower and upper primary school students ages 6+.
What is the recommended number of students per set?
As with all of the LEGO Learning System solutions, we recommend one set for every two students in a classroom setting.
What is included in the SPIKE Essential Set?
The SPIKE Essential Set contains 449 elements, including intelligent hardware and a colorful selection of familiar, stackable, and age-appropriate LEGO bricks. The hardware includes a 2-Port Hub, 2 Small Motors, a Light Matrix, and a Color Sensor, which students can combine with iconand word-based block coding in the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App to bring their creations to life!
The set comes with 4 Minifigures, each with a distinct personality, who act as storytellers to make problem-solving relatable to all students. The set also includes replacement elements and a durable storage box with color-coded sorting trays to simplify the building process and classroom management.
Is SPIKE Essential meant to replace WeDo 2.0?
SPIKE Essential is part of the new LEGO Learning System. It targets a broader age group than WeDo 2.0, and it's the foundation of the LEGO Education portfolio for primary schools.
How do I start using SPIKE Essential with my students?
Please visit LEGOeducation.com/start and follow the SPIKE Essential onboarding guide for your unit grade band.
How much learning content does the LEGO® Learning System offer?
SPIKE Essential offers 5 curriculum units for primary school students in grades 1-5. Each curriculum unit includes lesson plans and teaching resources for 7-8, 45-minute lessons (including an open project is 2 x 45 min). Additionally, each lesson includes 30+ minutes of language arts or math extensions. Therefore, each curriculum unit contains a total of 6-10 hours of educational content.
Which educational standards are covered?
Every lesson is designed to help students develop a full range of STEAM skills. SPIKE Essential mainly covers curriculum standards within science, engineering, and computer science, with extension activities that contribute to literacy and math. For detailed market-specific educational standards, please see the individual activities on LEGOeducation.com/lessons
Where can I find SPIKE Essential lesson plans and teaching resources?
You'll find SPIKE Essential lesson plans on LEGOeducation.com/lessons along with online lesson plans and teaching resources for all LEGO Education products. You can search by product, grade, subject, or keyword to find an engaging lesson that fits your needs.
What type of assessment tools are included with SPIKE Essential?
Each SPIKE Essential lesson offers an observational checklist for teachers, and tools to support student self-assessment and peer (student-to-student) feedback.
Does SPIKE Essential offer hybrid learning opportunities?
Yes! SPIKE Essential offers hybrid extensions that provide the flexibility to extend the SPIKE Essential experience to remote environments and to help students to continue their learning outside of class. Used in combination with the classroom sets, the Personal Learning Kits are designed to support hybrid learning by reinforcing students' learning outcomes at home.
We offer two versions of the Personal Learning Kit.
- LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential Personal Learning Kit (LEG45401K)
- LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Prime Personal Learning Kit (LEG45400K)
Do I need to update the Hub's operating system (OS) before getting started?
When a user connects a Hub to their device, the app verifies compatibility with the installed version of the OS. If it's not compatible, the app notifies the user that the OS must be updated before continuing.
How do I update the Hub's operating system?
Hub updates differ depending on the device you're using. To update your Hub, simply follow the instructions below or the in-app instructions that will appear when an update is needed.
Note: All updates require a USB connection.
Windows & MAC
- Open the app. If you don't have the app installed, use the online updater at LEGOeducation.com/HubOS.
- Connect the Hub to your computer using the USB cable supplied with your LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential Set.
Note: If you connect the Hub to your computer via Bluetooth, you'll be prompted to reconnect it using the USB cable in order to complete the update.
IOS & Android
It's not currently possible to update your Hub using an iPad. To update your Hub:
- Find a compatible Windows, macOS, or Chromebook device.
- Connect the Hub your device using the USB cable supplied with the SPIKE Essential Set.
- Install (if necessary) and open the Chrome browser on the device and run the online updater at LEGOeducation.com/HubOS.
- Connect the Hub to your Chromebook using the USB cable supplied with the SPIKE Essential Set.
- Open the Chrome browser and run the online updater at LEGOeducation.com/HubOS.
How do I update the Hub's operating system?
No. All Hub updates require a USB connection.
How do I rename the Hub?
When connecting to a Hub that hasn't been renamed, the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App will automatically ask you to rename it. Giving each Hub a unique name will help you differentiate between multiple Hubs in close proximity (e.g., when using Bluetooth).
What type of batteries can I use in the Hub?
You can only use the Rechargeable Battery that comes in the LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Set. It's charged using the micro USB cable that's included in the set. The battery is also available to buy separately.
What type of USB power chargers do you recommend for charging the Hub?
We recommend using a high-quality power charger from a reputable brand because these are often DVP- (dedicated charging port) or CDP- (charging downstream port) type chargers.
What is the charging time for the Hub battery?
The Hub uses standard USB 500mA charging current. The charging time (from empty to full) is approximately 3 hours.
How can I preserve my Hub's battery life?
If the Hub isn't going to be used for an extended period, we suggest fully charging the battery before storing it. Storing the Hub with a completely drained battery is not recommended. You can also extend the battery life by removing the battery from your Hub before storing it.
What do the Hub's color-coded error messages mean?
If you're having issues starting or connecting your Hub, you might see the Light display a color-coded error message. Here's an overview of the error messages and how to fix them.
The Light is flashing orange: The Hub's battery is running low. Connect the Hub to your device via the USB cable to begin charging the battery.
The Light is flashing red: There's an extended load on the Hub. Turn off the Hub and let it cool down for 15 minutes.
The Light is blue: The Hub is connected to your device using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy).
The Light is white: The Hub is connected to your device using a USB cable.
The Light is flashing white: The Hub is waiting to be connected.
The Light is flashing violet/green/blue: The Hub OS has been updated, and it's restarting.
Can I use any micro USB cable to connect the Hub to my device?
No. You must use a USB 2.0 cable with a male-to-micro B connector and an AWG 24 wire gauge. We strongly advise that you only use the micro USB cable that was supplied as part of the SPIKE Essential Set. This cable can also be purchased separately (45611 - LEGO Technic Micro USB Connector Cable).
Does the SPIKE Essential Hub support both Download and Streaming Modes like the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Hub?
No. The SPIKE Essential Hub only supports Streaming Mode.
What is the LEGO Education SPIKE App?
The SPIKE App is a student-facing app that can be used with both SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime to follow and complete lessons. The app includes "getting started" material, lessons, building instructions, and a series of coding experiences that progress from icon- and word-block coding based on Scratch to text-based coding based on Python.
Which coding language is the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App built on?
The SPIKE App uses an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language that's based on Scratch. Some of the blocks are identical to the ones that are used in Scratch 3.0, while others have been specially developed to interact with the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ hardware.
Which coding grammar can be used in the app?
The app includes icon blocks, word blocks, and Python programming.
Which operating systems are compatible with SPIKE Essential?
The SPIKE App is available for Win10, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, and macOS.
Why isn't SPIKE Essential available for Windows 7?
Microsoft implemented Windows 7 "end of life" in January 2020. This means that it has discontinued all support, including paid support; and all updates, including security updates. Therefore, LEGO Education has decided to focus on Windows 10.
Can both SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime be used with the same app?
Yes. The SPIKE App can be used with both SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime.
Can you connect more than one Hub to the same device at the same time?
No. You can only connect one Hub at a time.
Can SPIKE Essential be programmed with Python?
No. SPIKE Essential doesn't support Python programming. However, SPIKE Prime can be programmed using the Python editor in the SPIKE App.
Can SPIKE™ Prime be programmed with icon blocks?
The app includes icon blocks, word blocks, and Python programming.
Is SPIKE Essential compatible with SPIKE Prime?
Yes. You can use all of the motors and sensors with both the SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime Hubs. There are both icon blocks and word blocks for all of the hardware elements.
Is SPIKE Essential compatible with WeDo 2.0 or EV3?
Even though the SPIKE Essential and WeDo 2.0 hardware share the same plug system and therefore fit together, you can't combine this hardware and use the SPIKE App or WeDo 2.0 App to code it.
The SPIKE Essential hardware doesn't offer backward compatibility with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 because the plug system is different. LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 is based on an RJ12 plug system, whereas SPIKE Essential uses the LPF2 plug system, which is a proprietary LEGO plug system. There's also no backward compatibility on the programming side.
Is professional development available?
Yes. SPIKE Essential is supported by a comprehensive professional development program comparable to the one that's available for SPIKE Prime. The program includes:
- Online self-guided training
- Product training videos to learn how to get started using the product
- Competency-based modules
- Facilitated training
- Full-day training
FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE
Can LEGO Education SPIKE™ Essential be used in FIRST LEGO League?
Yes. Both WeDo 2.0 and SPIKE Essential can be used in FIRST LEGO League. The FIRST LEGO League Explore experience is optimized for SPIKE Essential and supported by the brand new Explore unit.
SPIKE Essential vs. other LEGO Education Solutions
What are the differences between SPIKE Essential and WeDo 2.0?
WeDo 2.0 targets grades 2-4, whereas SPIKE Essential more broadly targets curriculum standards for grades 1-5. WeDo 2.0 focuses on the science curriculum (physical and life science, and engineering), while SPIKE Essential has a true cross-curricular STEAM approach with purposeful integration of literacy, math, and social-emotional learning. The physical boxes differ in that SPIKE Essential includes more elements and intelligent hardware components along with the Rechargeable Battery, which doesn't need to be purchased separately like it has for WeDo 2.0.
What are the differences between SPIKE Essential and LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential?
These solutions have different learning focuses. LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential is designed as a hands-on introduction to the LEGO Learning System with a focus on physical science and experimenting with forces, motion, and interactions. It's an analog solution that doesn't require any technology.
SPIKE Essential is a comprehensive, digitally-enhanced STEAM learning solution, which offers a broad range of units covering STEAM subjects, including engineering, science, and computer science.
BricQ Motion Essential gives students a strong foundational understanding of physical science concepts (i.e., forces, motion, and interactions) while setting the stage for computational thinking (e.g., cause and effect, data analysis and synthesis).
Combining SPIKE Essential and BricQ Motion Essential makes it possible to cover more comprehensive STEAM standards. Used together, these solutions unlock even more learning opportunities by supplementing each other's learning outcomes.
What are the differences between SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime?
SPIKE Prime is the go-to solution for secondary education as it engages students in critical thinking, data analysis, and prototype development as they refine creative hands-on solutions to real-world problems. It allows them to explore topics like data science while setting the foundation for future study of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
SPIKE Essential is designed to get primary school students excited about STEAM learning at a young age with playful and relatable problem-solving challenges that help them become resilient, independent thinkers.
Both SPIKE Essential and SPIKE Prime are designed as integrated solutions within the LEGO Learning System. They follow the same consistent scaffolded structure and design that makes the system easy for students to enter yet hard to fully master. Therefore, using SPIKE Essential in students' younger years and progressing to SPIKE Prime will drive familiarity for quicker and deeper learning.
The experience of both products is anchored in the same student-facing app, which makes it easy for students to jump right in and unlock their full potential for deeper learning.
Is SPIKE Essential similar to the retired LEGO Education product "StoryStarter"?
StoryStarter was a hands-on tool that inspired students to collaborate while creating and communicating stories using LEGO bricks. StoryStarter focused on building the story, reflecting, sharing, and documenting. While SPIKE Essential has storytelling elements, it uses them as a catalyst for STEAM learning.