LEGO® Group and Reaktor partner to bring toys and technology together at free kids’ coding school at Helsinki Airport
In October, families flying through Helsinki Airport – one of the busiest hubs between Europe and Asia – will be able to entertain their kids at a free coding school provided by LEGO® Group and Reaktor.
The code school, completely free and designed for children aged 7–12, will be open between 12 and 14 October. At the school, kids can learn basic programming commands that will allow them to guide LEGO Boost robots through an obstacle course in the airport’s main terminal.
The idea behind the concept is to give kids an opportunity to easily familiarize themselves with the basics of coding and learn in a way that is effective and – most importantly – fun. To control the robots, we’ve designed and developed an application that showcases how technology can connect the physical and digital realms in an easy-to-understand way.
“Technology is becoming an increasingly significant part of our everyday lives, but a certain amount of mysticism and uncertainty is still associated to it. Influencing these preconceptions early is an effective way to change our stance towards technology in general. That is why we want to offer children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with coding in a fun and exciting way”, explains Reaktor’s Design Director Marjo Mansén.
The initiative represents the coming together of two major Nordic companies committed to educational good. The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire the builders of tomorrow through creative play, while Reaktor has a history of educating kids to code around the world since 2014.
”The Reaktor x LEGO code school brings a new dimension to LEGO play and means that the children learn the principles of coding while having fun. Together with Reaktor and Helsinki Airport, we want to give the kids a sneak peek at all the endless opportunities when bringing the LEGO brick to life”, says Katrine Mølkjær, Associate Brand Manager for LEGO BOOST in Nordics.