Moore Educational distribute Lego Education Kits
to Australian schools. They also run courses for teachers and students at their Australian centres in Melbourne and Brisbane. Lego now have a LEGO Renewable energy add-on set, with solar panels, generators and meters. These are normally used for school science projects, but I thought they may also be useful for my university ICT Sustainability students (Lego Robot Kits are already used at university). So I went along to the LEGO Education Centre at Moonee Ponds,to try out the kit (there is also a center at Docklands, near the Melbourne CBD).
Compared to buying a motor/generator, solar panel, meter and other components from an electronics shop, the Lego renewable energy kit is very expensive. However, all the parts are designed to work together, with no special skills required and little risk of the students damaging the equipment or harming themselves. Also Lego can provide educational activities designed to use with the components. The kits would be useful for both school and higher education, particularly where Lego is already in use for robotics.