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Early Learners Explore Coding Concepts with New Hands-On LEGO® Education Solution

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New research from The LEGO® Group demonstrates the
value of play in learning and building skills needed for the future

Today, LEGO® Education announces Coding Express, the newest
early learning solution in its hands-on LEGO learning portfolio. Coding
Express
is an intuitive and versatile solution based on a LEGO®
DUPLO® brick train set that comes to life when children use
the five new action bricks. The concept builds foundational coding and
transferrable skills, including collaboration and problem solving, for
the youngest learners through activities that introduce concepts of
sequencing, looping and more. The new solution brings together physical
and digital play with the addition of a child-directed app that allows
children to explore emotions, journeys, music and math, inspiring their
physical play with the LEGO® DUPLO® brick set.

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"With the launch of Coding Express, we are excited to further extend our
education portfolio and introduce fundamental coding and STEAM concepts
to the youngest learners," said Esben Stærk Jørgensen, president of LEGO
Education. "The launch of Coding Express comes on the heels of the 10th
anniversary of LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 and the 20th
anniversary of LEGO MINDSTORMS which have been used in classrooms around
the world to promote essential STEAM and coding concepts in primary and
secondary schools. There is no better time than today to ensure the
youngest learners also have access to a relevant, fun, and engaging way
to learn these foundational skills and to develop 21st
century skills which we know will prepare them for a lifetime of
successful learning."

Coding Express is accompanied by the LEGO Education Coding Express
Teacher Guide, which features eight lessons for classroom use and
created with national standards and guidelines. Action bricks and
switches are used to make the train go to exciting places or react in
certain ways. The children work in groups interacting with the train as
they place the action bricks around the tracks to sound the horn, turn
the lights on and off, pause and refuel, change direction, plan a route
and stop the train wherever they like.

While teachers and students benefit from LEGO Education's hands-on
learning solutions, including Coding Express, parents also recognize the
benefits. According to a new
study from the LEGO Group
that surveyed almost 13,000 parents and
children on the role of play, parents rank playful learning as the
number one education technique, and children agree they learn better
when play is involved. Four in five children agree they learn better
when play is involved. Almost all surveyed parents (95%) believe play is
essential for children's wellbeing, and four in five (82%) think that
children who play more will be more successful in future studies and
work. Further, while parents agree that spending time playing with their
children makes families happier, they admit to struggling to prioritize
playtime with their children due to hectic daily schedules. Because of
this, maximizing playful learning opportunities in the classroom is
extremely important.

Each Coding Express set is designed to be used for up to six children at
a time. Coding Express will be available in US and China by October
2018. For all other markets it will be available through spring of 2019.

Visit LEGOeducation.com/CodingExpress
or contact your local LEGO Education distributor to learn more.

About LEGO Education
LEGO Education provides hands-on,
playful learning tools that engage every student's natural curiosity,
and helps them develop the critical 21st century skills and
confidence they'll need in the future. Discover more at LEGOeducation.com.

LEGO, the LEGO logo and DUPLO are trademarks /and or copyrights of the
LEGO Group. ©2018 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

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