HIGH POINT, N.C., April 11, 2016 – For 800 children and their parents, Legos enhanced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts at the High Point University’s “Come Build with Us Event,” hosted by the School of Education.
The LEGO Showcase on April 9 welcomed children from preschool through eighth grade for activities that fused creativity and STEM subjects, including a building competition, a Lego League and other robotic, engineering and design activities.
In addition to bolstering STEM lessons, the activities promoted teamwork and communication among children.
“I love that the LEGO Showcase gives us the opportunity to work with children on shifting the focus of education from being contained within classroom walls, to being a constant, lifelong exploration,” said HPU student Mallory Heffelfinger. “Interacting with the Lego blocks and technology gives the students the opportunity to be imaginative and creative. Many times I find myself engaged in the activities, building and learning alongside the children. These events provide a fun and interactive way for the School of Education to change perceptions of what it means to learn.”
While children learned in groups, parents also had the opportunity to attend workshops designed to illustrate the value of using Legos to help their children learn essential vocabulary and math skills.
“Our creativity helps determine our ability to problem solve,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, associate professor of education at HPU who has organized Lego educational events for thousands of local children. “Adding the art of the brick into STEM brings both the creativity and the problem solving together. This event is about learning through creativity.”
In addition to community Lego days, HPU hosts several events throughout the year such as Lego field trips and Lego teacher academies. The School of Education at HPU will also hold their second annual STEM camp this summer from June 20-30. You can request an application by emailing Disseler at firstname.lastname@example.org.