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    LEGO Education SPIKE Prime - Robocup Junior Standard Soccer

    Manufacturer: RoboCup
    Robocup Junior Standard Soccer - SPIKE Prime
    SKU: RCJ45678-SS
    Manufacturer part number: RCJ45678-SS

    Please note: we are experiencing delivery delays for the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Expansion Set V2 (LEG45681). This item won’t be in stock until July 2022.

    This kit includes:

    • RoboCup Infrared Electronic Ball (LEGIB1005)
    • LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set (LEG45678)
    • LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Expansion Set V2 (LEG45681)
    • IR Seeker Sensor for LEGO Education SPIKE Prime (BBS001)

    LEGO Education SPIKE Prime is the STEAM learning tool for students in grades 5-8, with a focus on developing skills in creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Combining new and familiar building elements in a refreshing new colour scheme, easy-to-use hardware, and intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, SPIKE Prime continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and to solve complex problems – regardless of their learning level.

    LEGO Education SPIKE Prime offers four units, each with a specific theme focus. All units are designed to develop critical thinking skills through complex, engaging and personally relevant STEAM challenges. The lessons within each unit will become increasingly challenging and all include teacher support, introduction videos, curriculum links, extension exercises and more. The SPIKE App, based on the most widely used programming language in teaching – Scratch – can be used on both iOS and Android tablets, and Windows 10.

    What’s in the Box?

    • 1 Large motor and 2 medium motors
    • Distance sensor, force sensor and colour sensors
    • Programmable hub, featuring a 5×5 LED matrix, 6 input/output ports, integrated 6-axis gyro sensor, speaker, Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeable battery (charged via USB cable, included in the set)
    • Sturdy storage box with 2 sorting tray, over 500 LEGO Technic and System elements in a fresh colour palette

    Inspire students to explore more advanced creations and continue to nurture their interest in STEAM learning with the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Expansion Set V2. With over 600 LEGO elements, it also combines with the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set (LEG45678) and free SPIKE App to launch students and teachers into the exciting world of robotics competitions.

    Key Features:

    • LEGO Technic and System elements in a fresh colour palette, including 2 large wheels, gear racks, a Maker Plate for SBCs, Large Motor and Colour Sensor.
    • The Maker Plate makes integrating your choice of single board computing devices fast and simple.
    • Combines with the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set (LEG45678) and free SPIKE App to give over 10 hours of curriculum-based, competition-ready learning.
    • Includes comprehensive online lesson plans and teacher support.

    This IR Seeker Sensor is a multi-platform 360 degree IR Seeker, suitable for the Standard and Lightweight divisions of Robocup Junior Soccer. For more advanced teams, the sensor can be programmed using the Arduino platform using the Grove I2C output. Multiple firmware options exist for the board which can be easily upgraded and changed as needed: for SPIKE Prime, EV3, and Arduino.

    Teams can choose firmware that allows them to write code specifically for a ‘goalie’ robot, or alternatively, they can choose firmware that allows code to be written for two ‘striker’ robots. The choice is yours! The sensors are numbered just like a clock to determine where the ball is, such as ’12’ = forward and ‘6’ = behind, with these same numbers being represented in Spike Prime or EV3 as ’12 cm’ = forward, or ‘6 cm’ = behind, etc. This IR Seeker can be used by a multitude of Robocup Junior soccer teams!

    This well balanced IR ball contains 20 infrared LEDs giving full signal coverage. The ball can run in un-modulated (no pulse) mode to be compatible with existing RoboCup Jr requirements or there are 3 other pulsed modes allowing detection ranges up to 5 meters. The pulse modulated IR signals make the Infrared Electronic Ball easier to detect in difficult background lighting conditions. A perfect companion for the HiTechnic IRSeeker Sensor with its selectable modes tuned to the IRBall signals. Diameter = 75mm, uses 4 AAA batteries (not included).

    RoboCup Junior is a project-oriented educational initiative that sponsors local, regional, and international robotic events for young students. It is designed to introduce RoboCup to primary and secondary school children. Created in a true cooperative spirit, RoboCup Junior encompasses not only vital STEM skills, but extends right across a school curriculum. The competition also addresses social development by encouraging sportsmanship, sharing, teamwork, understanding of differences between individuals and nations, cooperation and organisational skills.

    Students are required to design, build, and program two robots to compete in a dynamic game of robot soccer against an opposing pair of robots.

    Soccer robots must be fully autonomous, so they need to employ a variety of sensors to find the ball, point in the right direction, and stay inside the playing area. These robots use a ball that either emits infrared light, or is bright orange in colour, depending on the division. Students will need to come up with creative gameplay strategies to outsmart the opposition. Each game can be unpredictable and a lot of fun – you never know what might happen!

    Due to its ease of introduction to the uninitiated, many students choose to use LEGO Mindstorms kits to build and program their robots. Other students select alternative platforms and even build their own microprocessor robots from basic electronic components. A range of sensors can be attached to all of these platforms, including electronic compasses, sonars, light sensors, infrared sensors, and cameras.