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LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App 3 coming in December

by Stefanie Sieber

On December 1, 2022, LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App 3 launches, bringing faster connections to the Hub and increased modeling predictability for more effective iterations and testing, among other features.

Because the update to SPIKE App 3 may affect existing code, we recommend FIRST® LEGO® League teams NOT upgrade to the new app mid-season.

After the launch of SPIKE App 2, it will prompt you to download SPIKE App 3. The web app will automatically upgrade to SPIKE App 3 on launch day and you will be prompted to update your firmware to ensure compatibility. The firmware must be coherent with the app version to be compatible.

But even teams that have not yet started their robot or have already finished their season can benefit from the following key features:

* Faster hub connection: easy wireless connection allows students to focus on learning and use their time more efficiently. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless connection is easier and faster.

* Improved model motion prediction: improved motor precision increases the predictability of model motion. Motor motion blocks improve motor regulation, resulting in more precise motor behavior.

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

* Support for larger user programs: More hub memory supports larger user programs. This allows advanced users and competition teams to string longer codes together to solve missions more effectively.

* Simplified engine and motion blocks: A simplified set of engine and motion blocks makes programming more intuitive and allows students to test, debug, and optimize their designs.

A new Python API will be introduced in an upcoming update, but Python is not part of the SPIKE App 3 rollout for now. We'll be happy to let you know when future updates are available.

More information about the SPIKE App 3, including an FAQ, can be found here directly with LEGO Education.


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