Working closely with Lego Education, fifth grade students in the Marvell-Elaine School District's 21st Century Community Learning Center after school program created their own Lego robots. According to Liz Easley, the district's literacy coach, the fifth graders then proceeded to instruct the younger third grade students on the fine art of creating a Lego robot.
“The 21st Century Community Learning Center after school program is designed for hands-on activities,” stressed Easley.
Through the 21st CCLC children are allowed to become systematic creative learners by combining logic and reasoning with play and imagination. The program also teaches the youngsters to master a tool and give form to their thoughts. Children become active learners by constructing things in the real world, expressing their originality in the learning environment and by feeling ownership and taking charge. The students also work together, learning from their peers as well as experts and sharing personal experiences.
Over the years, the Lego group has invested many years in cooperation and research with child development specialists and teaching professionals to determine what it takes to establish truly effective learning experiences.
A Lego press release stated, “While teaching to curriculum subjects and assessment through exam scores may continue to dominate political agendas, research into effective learning techniques and a growing understanding of the needs of 21st century learners show that individuals benefit more by applying knowledge as a means to expand their understanding than they do by simply acquiring knowledge in order to pass examinations.”
LEGO Education has been involved in classroom solutions for over 30 years.
LEGO trained Marvell-Elaine fifth grade teachers Joe Ann Hardy and Jeffrey Hunt to construct the robots. In turn, they instructed their classes on how to create the moveable robots. The fifth graders then passed on their knowledge to third graders.