LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential Set
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential is the cross-curricular STEAM solution for primary education. SPIKE Essential engages students in hands-on investigation of STEAM concepts while contributing to literacy, math, and social-emotional development. Standards-aligned learning units use everyday themes, relatable Minifigures with different personalities and familiar LEGO®building elements to solve problems through storytelling.
SPIKE Essential consists of a main classroom brick set with a wide variety of LEGO® elements and intelligent hardware, along with the intuitive SPIKE™App, all of which is accompanied by a selection of unit plans and comprehensive online and in-app support.
SPIKE Essential excites students and delivers strong STEAM learning outcomes, developing their STEAM knowledge and practices, and 21st century skills.
6+ yrs | For 2 students | 449 bricks
Part of the LEGO® Learning System
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential is part of the LEGO® Learning System, and ensures a progression of learning year after year, starting in the lower grades and progressing to the upper primary grades. The consistent unit structure builds a strong foundation for easy progression into secondary education and more advanced learning opportunities with SPIKE™Prime.
The LEGO® Learning System is an intuitive, inclusive, and highly adaptable hands-on learning system. It future-proofs students’ skills, and makes them confident life-long learners by giving them unlimited possibilities for hands-on, playful STEAM learning.
Interconnected Solutions that work Seamlessly Together
The easy-to-adopt LEGO® Learning System offers solutions that work with or without technology. Implement the full system at once or introduce individual solutions over time.
It's time to Rethink Learning
It’s time to rethink how we empower students to take ownership of their learning. The pedagogical approaches that are part of learning through play are proven to drive improved learning outcomes. The fact that they also generate enthusiasm, motivation and a lifelong love of learning means that we owe it to our children to embed them in our approach to learning.
We know that hands-on learning through play is one of the best ways to boost confidence, and that is why LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential was designed specifically with that idea in mind. Read more about learning through play in our position paper below.
Intuitive, Inclusive and Adaptable Learning Solution
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential combines standards-aligned curriculum units, colorful LEGO® elements, a simple coding progression, and intelligent hardware. With the STEAM learning units students of all levels are fully engaged as everything is easily adaptable to any learning environment, making it fast and simple for you and your students to get started and begin learning.
Familiar Stackable LEGO® Bricks
Building and hands on learning is made easy and accessible for all ages with simple stackable LEGO® Bricks. The Bridge Pin connects creative system-brick builds to hardware and LEGO® Technic elements.
Intelligent Hardware to Build Smart Creations with Immediate Response
Create engaging, interactive models by connecting the Intelligent Hub, motors, a Light Matrix, and a Color Sensor - to bring STEAM concepts to life.
Standards-aligned Lesson Plans
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential curriculum units are designed around playful narrative-based problem-solving with relatable themes that can develop young students into independent STEAM thinkers.
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential includes 5 units that focus on national standards for both lower and upper primary grades. Each unit is comprised of seven to eight 45-minute lessons, plus language arts and math extensions for each lesson. This is 50 hours of classroom content in total!
During each lesson, students brainstorm and develop creative solutions through trial and error while collaborating with their peers.
Here's an Example
In the Spinning Ferris Wheel, the team of minifigures wants to ride the Ferris Wheel together. How can your students help them?
In this lesson your students will:
- Modify an existing solution to make it work properly
- Practice helping a story character
- Describe key ideas or details from a text
Our Favorite LessonsCheck out these other standards-aligned LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential lessons for inspiration on how to boost STEAM skills in your classroom.
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential comes with 5 different unit plans, each with a unique learning promise, summarizing what your students will learn over the course of the unit.
1. Great Adventures: Creating Interactive Stories.
2. Amazing Amusement Park: Engineering a Fun Day Out.
3. Happy Traveler: Programming Your Way Around Town.
4. Crazy Carnival Games: Playing with Energy Transfer and Collision.
5. Quirky Creations: Engineering Cool School Hacks.
Essential Combined: Combine LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential and LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential to challenge your students’ STEAM knowledge and push their creativity to new heights!