Smarter blocks lead to smarter kids


Bella Velez

Concentrating on the bricks, Aiden Velez builds a ship out of legos. The Lego Boost was first introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017.

Lego has just unveiled Boost, a kit to teach kids how to code using lego robots.

The set includes five different models in its instructions: Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, Multi-Tool Rover 4, and the Autobuilder.

According to, Vernie the Robot acts as a friend and can shoot projectiles at a target Frankie the Cat can be programmed to have the characteristics of a real cat. Guitar 4000 plays music, Multi-Tool Rover 4 is a vehicle that can be any tool, and the Autobuilder creates mini lego creations of its own.

An accompanying app contains 60 coding activities that teaches kids basic coding skills and allows them to apply it into the robots to get them to do tasks. The app also comes with a voice recording option that gives the lego robots the ability to speak.

Boost’s target audience is seven years or older and will be released in August with a cost of $160. The product contains three Boost bricks, 840 regular lego bricks, various sensors and motors, and the Move Hub. The Move Hub contains a six-axis tilt sensor, two input and output ports, a power button and a light that changes color.

According to, Simon Kent, Lego Boost’s lead designer, said, “We know that children dream of bringing their Lego creations to life. Our chief ambition for Lego Boost is to fulfill that wish. Once children build a Lego creation, we give them simple coding tools to ‘boost’ their models by adding personality.”