Lego® has been around since the early 1930s. Since its creation, children all over the world have played with Legos for pure entertainment and joy. However, now, Lego® has gone further and has created Lego® Education in order to create a STEAM education program out of the toys people know and love. Lego® Education is compatible with early learning, primary education, secondary education, competitions and after-school programs.
Lego® Education Spike Prime uses their trademarked product to teach students coding language based on Scratch and engineering techniques through robotics. The use of the colorful and easy-to-use blocks allows kids to engage in relevant, real-world lesson plans that will further their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Spike uses active learning and disguised education in all of their programs in order to teach these students essential 21st century skills. Despite entry skill level, all students are able to engage in the STEAM activities that promote critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.
“Hands-on-learning has benefitted many young minds. As we continue to grow in this area, emphasis on creative and meaningful hands-on experiences should be used to reach a greater, and more diverse population of students,” STEAM director and educator Lynne Boucher said.
Lego® believes in a continuum learning style. Studies have shown that children retain information best when they are engaged in the material before, during and after the material has been presented. That is why Lego® curriculum is so successful with young minds. Students engage with the curriculum for 45 minutes, allowing them to retain and deeply understand what they are being taught.
All of the Lego® programs are compatible with iOS, Chrome, Windows 10, Mac and Android. This makes it possible for almost any school or after-school program to implement the curriculum in some way.
For early education, Lego® focuses on creating natural curiosity of young minds. Their colorful Lego® Duplo® sets allow beginner students to engage in science, technology, engineering and math lessons in a way that fosters a love for them in the future.
Students have the chance to build and deconstruct their Lego® sets in a tactile way that teaches them early math and science concepts. Lego® also offers ways to use their sets to teach early learners soft skills such as: emotion development, early language skills and beginner literacy.
For primary and secondary education, Lego® aligns with classroom Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). They focus on playing off of students natural curiosity and real-world experiences throughout the activities. They offer a variety of STEM and STEAM programs so that each classroom can align the curriculum with their students current ability level. However, Lego® also believes that students need to learn that failure is simply a form of information gathering; so, if you fail- try again.
All of the curriculum that Lego® offers is compatible with after school programs. They also offer robotics activities that are well suited for the after school environment and competitions. The robotics curriculums connect well with STEM curriculum and often cultivate a love for the engineering process.
The Lego® education website is intuitive and easy to use. They offer an array of facts that support their program and their offered curriculum. With how quickly STEM jobs are rising, Lego® sees the importance of giving students at every grade level’s STEM literacy while also catering to the arts side of the young mind as well.