Available December 1: LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App 3 221

Available December 1: LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App 3

Published

Here’s everything you need to know about the new LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App 3 coming on December 1, 2022. In addition to new and exciting features, there’s a few important updates you’ll want to plan for ahead of launch.

The LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App 3 is an entirely new app for the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ portfolio and will be available as both a Web App and download on December 1, 2022. It is both a firmware and software upgrade and was built with the classroom experience in mind. The SPIKE App 3 is a powerful tool to help teachers facilitate engaging, hands-on STEAM learning in the classroom. It is for use with both SPIKE™ Prime and SPIKE™ Essential.

New features in the SPIKE App 3 include the following benefits:
  • Faster connection to the SPIKE Prime Hub
  • Wireless connection on all platforms
  • Improved firmware upgrade for SPIKE Prime
  • Increased predictability of the model movement
  • Support for bigger user programs
  • Simplified motor and movement blocks
Learn more about the key attributes and what you should do to prepare for the upgrade.

Key Attributes

Faster Hub Connection
Easy wireless connection means students can start working on lessons faster allowing them to spend more time engaging and learning. Additionally, wireless connections through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) are more straightforward and faster.

Wireless Connections
Wireless connections through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) are more straightforward and faster and available for all platforms and SPIKE sets. This includes wireless connection for SPIKE Prime for web app users!

Improved Firmware Upgrade
Updating firmware is now much faster for SPIKE Prime. Students can continue to work on their coding during the upgrade.

Enhanced Model Movement Prediction
With more precise motor movement and enhanced programming possibilities students can bring models to life with more accuracy and predictability than ever before.

Simplified Motor and Movement Blocks
Simplified options for motor and movement blocks makes coding more intuitive to empower students to test, debug and optimize their designs.

Support for Bigger User Programs
More Hub memory supports bigger user programs which allows advanced users and competition teams to string longer code together to solve missions more effectively.

Prepare for Upgrade

The SPIKE App 3 is a great upgrade for most users. There are a few things to know before upgrading from the current SPIKE App 2.
  1. Projects are incompatible across the two app versions. User programs created and saved in the current SPIKE App 2 will not work in SPIKE App 3 and vice versa.
  2. Python will not be part of the initial SPIKE App 3 launch. Advanced users and competitions teams should wait with upgrading to SPIKE App 3 until the future release when the Python API is added.

Not sure if you should upgrade right away? We recommend thinking about how you typically use your SPIKE solution.

I am a classroom educator and typically follow LEGO® Education Lessons and use word or icon blocks with my SPIKE Essential or SPIKE Prime sets.
You should upgrade to SPIKE App 3 when it is available. The new features and benefits will enhance the classroom experience for you and your students. If you are in the middle of a Unit or Lesson, wait until you’ve completed that module before upgrading though, as some of the blocks have changed.

I am a more advanced user or on a competition team and reuse/revisit saved programs, or I code directly in Python.
It is best to wait to upgrade as your programs will not be compatible with SPIKE App 3. Competition teams using Chromebooks and the SPIKE Web App should contact success@lego.com to learn more about legacy access to the current SPIKE Web App.

Availability and Timeline

The SPIKE App 3 will be available on December 1, 2022 as a downloadable native app and as a Web App. When available, SPIKE App 2 will no longer be accessible via the Web App but will continue to be available for download as a legacy app through the end of June 2023. For those needing continued access to the legacy Web App version of SPIKE App 2, please contact success@lego.com.
Blog Solution Updates 11/15/2022 12:04pm EST

Leave a Comment

1 Comments

Good Morning, I said that in the app2, there is some troubles with percentage of force sensor. Indeed, it return a multiple of 10% (10%, 20%,…) and not 23% for example… I made some device for steam projects and it was difficult to work well with this trouble… I hope you fix it in app3

Log in or create an account to leave a comment