Beloved bricks, meet Generation Code.

Dubbed Lego Boost, the new kits bring brick creations to life with simple motors and sensors while teaching the basics of programming.

Unlike Lego s more-complex Mindstorms systems, which are used in schools to teach robotics, the Boost system was designed for children as young as age 7, and feels closer to the classic brick experience.

After getting a brief chance to play with them, I can report the new kits might delight an older demographic, too, particularly parents who want to spark an interest in coding.

Some assembly is required—these are Lego bricks, after all, sold in kits of about 850 pieces each.

Children can choose from five different versions.

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