Local Children Learn STEM Concepts at HPU’s Community Lego Showcase

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 7, 2017 High Point University’s Stout School of Education was transformed into a Lego Learning Lab over the weekend. More than 800 local children and parents enjoyed engineering competitions, machine building, robotics and Lego storytelling.

This free annual event provides an opportunity for children in kindergarten through eighth grade to experience STEM engineering by working with Legos. In addition to bolstering STEM lessons, the activities promoted teamwork and communication among children.

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.

Dr. Shirley Disseler, associate professor of education at HPU, said the showcase was filled with community members, HPU students, food and numerous activities.

“The excitement and creative use of the mind at the Showcase demonstrates that our children can problem solve and are up to the task if we let them,” says Disseler. “That’s what motivates us to continue hosting events for the community.  

Abbey Bosley, a STEM masters student at HPU, has volunteers in the last five Lego Showcases, and she says that each time, the children and parents joke about not wanting to leave when it ends.

“The Lego Showcase is a rewarding way that HPU allows us to give back to the community,” says Bosley. “Seeing the students’ excitement first hand as they build is as rewarding for us as it is for them. The students really come alive and get to show themselves off as creative thinkers and innovators.”

HPU’s Lego Showcase is just one of the multiple Lego events held by the School of Education throughout the year. Other events include the Lego Robotics Competition, STEM Summer Camp and the spring Lego Showcase.



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