HPU Hosted Annual LEGO Showcase for the Community

High Point University’s Stout School of Education hosted its annual LEGO Showcase event on Nov. 2. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade experienced STEM education through various activities.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 5, 2019 – High Point University’s Stout School of Education hosted its annual community LEGO Showcase event, “Come Build with Us: Experience STEM Engineering,” on Nov. 2.

For this event, HPU’s Stout School of Education faculty and students transformed the HPU Community Center into a LEGO learning lab.

“We focused on math, literacy, art, engineering design and robotics throughout the day,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, STEM coordinator and associate professor of elementary and middle grades education. “This event shows that children are engaged in learning if the learning is relevant and useful to their lives. We need to rethink school and re-engage kids in the learning process in new and innovative ways.”

The free community event attracted 1,750 people, giving children in kindergarten through eighth grade, a chance to experience and learn about science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, interactive environment.

“I come every year because I get to program robots and do things I do not get to do in school,” says Marla May, a local fifth grader and participant in the event.

Engineering competitions, machine building, robotics, free build and storytelling with LEGOs were among the STEM activities children enjoyed.

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