HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 11, 2015 – More than 600 children and parents in the community enjoyed a day of fun and educational Lego projects at the annual Lego Showcase hosted by High Point University’s School of Education.
“The Lego Showcase is an awesome time for us, as future teachers, to be able to give back to the community and apply everything that we have learned in our classes,” said HPU education major Christian Cothran. “It is always so much fun to watch kids learn math, self-expression and robotics through the use of Legos.”
Children in preschool through eighth grade had the opportunity to work with Legos to enhance their understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Activities included a competition building contest, a Lego League and other robotic, engineering and design activities.
“Over 6,000 children and parents have experienced this wonderful event, and the feedback has been outstanding,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, assistant professor of education. “HPU students gain valuable knowledge about classroom management, critical thinking and lesson planning. They are also able to expand their knowledge on STEM learning and what it means for children that are in school today. They love working with all of the various ages.”
“It is such a rewarding experience being able to work with and teach the children of the community,” said HPU education major Taylor Niss. “STEM education is becoming such an integral part of children’s education and being able to merge learning and fun is what the Lego Showcase is all about. We were fortunate to be able to host the hundreds of children of all ages and provide Lego education to not only the children, but the parents and guardians as well.”
In addition to community Lego Days, the HPU School of Education hosts multiple Lego field trips throughout the year, as well as Lego teacher academies. They also host other events throughout the year such as a Reading Institute for children to brush up on their reading skills over the summer and a Book Buddies event where children from the community enjoy one-on-one reading sessions with HPU School of Education students. The next Lego Showcase will be held April 7.