Why STEM? The demand for skilled workers is directly linked to global competitiveness!  Preparing teachers in methodologies of STEM Education offers opportunities for our candidates to be highly marketable in the educational hiring process. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are leading the way in classrooms and districts across America. STEM literacy is a necessary component of a student’s future success and this success begins in the classroom!

HPU STEM Partnerships: At HPU the School of Education partners with both Global and National companies to involve candidates in the latest product development, testing, and STEM initiatives available in elementary and middle grades education. The LEGO program at HPU is based upon an inquiry and discovery constructivist model of teaching and learning. The 21st Century skills of Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Problem Solving are the key components of the program. Pre-service teachers candidates are trained to carry forth lessons from the LEGO Education as they participate in the COME BUILD WITH US  outreach program at HPU!

Opportunities for STEM Growth and Outreach!

The Come Build with Us at HPU Field Trip Program, Teacher Academy, LEGO Showcase, and STEM Camp programs have been placed on hold until the conclusion of COVID -19. Please stay tuned for future events.

The COME BUILD WITH US AT HPU initiative includes many opportunities for students to be involved in STEM education. Some examples include:

COME BUILD WITH US Field trip program for local schools is designed for candidates in the junior year- 5th year to design and implement lessons with public school students. The program is a free field trip program that offers opportunities for k-6 students to explore and discover science and engineering concepts through LEGO Education, Full Option Science Systems, Probes, Little Bits, Coding, Engineering is Elementary etc…

STEM Summer Camp is an opportunity for 5th year BA to M.Ed. students to create lessons and carry out a practicum experience with students grades K-6 in a summer setting.  Due to COVID-19, we will be offering this camp in a virtual format this year.  For the details on STEM Camp in a BOX, please click here.  

SHOWCASE COMMUNITY EVENT takes place in the fall and offers students freshman through 5th year an opportunity to work with students and parents in the area of STEM. Nearly 800 people attend this event and students carry out activities for children and their parents.

Maker Faire is an event held in Charlotte at Discovery Place. HPU Education 5th year students run a booth that includes robotics, engineering, and discovery building with LEGO each year for over 3000 people.

Scholarships:  2 scholarships have been designated for STEM candidates from LEGO Education North America. These are designated for research in elementary STEM with LEGO, and for a director of the Come Build with Us program.

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HPU Hosts 600 Community Members for LEGO Showcase

WFMY: HPU’S Stout School of Education Hosts LEGO Showcase 11.2.19

The Come Build with Us at HPU Field Trip Program, Teacher Academy, LEGO Showcase, and STEM Camp programs have been placed on hold until the conclusion of COVID -19. Please stay tuned for future events.

The teacher academy is held once a month on Saturday for local teachers to come experience a different LEGO training each month. The cost of the 6-hour training is $200 per participant and includes lunch, break-out sessions and a teacher appreciation package. The day is packed with activities using the kit-of-the-month. We feature BrickMath, EV3 robotics, StoryTelling With The Brick and WeDo 2.0  trainings. Teachers come together to learn how to inspire, engage and excite their students to love to learn!

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Welcome to Teacher Academy for LEGO Education
High Point University!

We will be offering training with LEGO Education this year in the form of a Saturday workshop model. Training will be done by LEGO certified trainers and will include a welcome box of materials, lunch, and access to many ongoing LEGO materials. Please make plans to join us on one of the following dates for a training that interests you!

20 participant max per session!
Groups are welcome! Schools can register as well!

Sessions are 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lunch is included

Cost $200 (Includes materials and lunch)


Brick Math
Centered on teaching math using LEGO brick.  Participants will learn how to motivate students to learn the conceptual side of math by using a model, draw, build format for K-5 mathematics.

Early Simple Machines
Duplo bricks designed to bring the ideas of force and motion, balanced and unbalanced, forces and engineering design into the hands of kindergarten and first grade students.

EV3 is the newest product line of the LEGO Mindstorms format.
This workshop will provide an overview of the programming, allow participants to get started and learn about how to make the robot move. This program is designed for beginners with EV3.

Story Telling With The Brick
Story Telling is a great addition to any content area. Using the kit one can explore how to build and tell a story, define story related vocabulary (plot, climax, antagonist etc), create math story problems, recreate historic events etc… Training with the visualizer software will also be included in this workshop. Great for teachers of any grade level.

LEGO WeDo Robotics is an early robotics program designed for students in grades 2-6. It involves design builds and programming that is easy to manage and helps children learn basic math and science concepts. If your students plan to use NXT/EV3 this is a great way to introduce them to programming.

Simple Machines
Participants attending elementary simple machines will learn how to use the simple machines and their functions to create builds that use force and motion through levers, wheel and axles and gears.

PreK-1 Activity  Training:  Early Simple Machines & StoryTales
PreK-1 training activities centers on product exploration of Early Simple Machines, Story Tales, math Café, and Creative Builder. Participants will do activities from various sets to explore how they can be utilized in an early learning setting.

Half Day STEAM Park & Coding Express for PreK-K
This workshop uses Duplo Bricks with STEAM Park to model gears and early physical science. Coding express adds a new twist by integrating coding into early PreK learning with Duplo.

For Driving directions click HERE

The Come Build with Us at HPU Field Trip Program, Teacher Academy, LEGO Showcase, and STEM Camp programs have been placed on hold until the conclusion of COVID -19. Please stay tuned for future events.

The LEGO Showcase event, held once a year in November, draws in more than 800 people each year. The HPU Community Center (formerly Oak Hollow Mall, across from the Courtyard Marriott) is transformed into a giant LEGO Learning Lab! Parents go online to register their children for this free event that takes place from 1:00-5:00. Engineering competitions, machine building, robotics, free build and storytelling with LEGO are just a few of the many activities that occur during this wonderful event. Online registration begins in September for the November event.  This event fills up within a couple of days so be sure to register quickly!

On November 2, 2019, we hosted our LEGO Showcase and WFMY covered the event.

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We will have food available for purchase at each event. 

(cash only for outside guests – HPU Passport honored)


Community Event

High Point University Presents

Come Build with Us:

Experience STEM Engineering!

Elementary Students, Teachers, and Parents are invited to
Experience STEM through Engineering




At the High Point University Community Center
(old Oak Hollow Mall location)

For more information contact Dr. Shirley Disseler at sdissele@highpoint.edu


The Come Build with Us at HPU Field Trip Program, Teacher Academy, LEGO Showcase, and STEM Camp programs have been placed on hold until the conclusion of COVID -19. Please stay tuned for future events.

Come Build with Us–STEM Camp in a Box!!!

HPU Stout School of Education is excited to offer STEM Camp in a Box again this year!  This is a virtual, hands-on approach to our usual on-site STEM Camp and will include a camp t-shirt, goggles, lab coat, and rocket for building (launch in August for all who want to participate).  The box will include 20 age appropriate STEM activities with all materials, laminated directions, and virtual how-to and why content.

The STEM Team at HPU is dedicated to providing the most relevant and engaging camp experience possible for students in grades K-6.  Your student’s box will be customized to their age and grade level:  K-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th grade.  The cost is $150 for the materials and all access.

“When children are engaged in creative thought and conversation, it leads to a more motivated mindset, which in turn leads to growth academically,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, Associate Professor of Education at HPU, who created the STEM Camp.  For more information about this virtual camp program, please contact Dr. Shirley Disseler at sdissele@highpoint.edu


Ages: K- 6th grade

Cost: $150