For 25 years, LEGO® classes have been a signature class at Bright Lights. As the interest has continued to grow, so has the need for additional classes and funding for LEGO® kits. This past summer eight half-day classes and one full-day camp were offered.
The LEGO® phenomenon is not unique to Lincoln. Since being introduced in 1998, LEGO® Mindstorms® has been adopted as a creative platform to experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for students across the nation. Colleges and universities on down to elementary, middle and high schools are providing students with real-world engineering challenges and increasing interest and excitement in the ever growing field of engineering through LEGO® classes.
Mark Danley, Lincoln Public Schools Computer Specialist and Bright Lights teacher, says: “What I see kids do in the classes is to envision and create a robot that will go fast, slow, lift objects, climb an obstacle, turn, launch, speak, spin or a combination of those things. What happens is that through the process of imagining, designing, building and programming this robot, the kids are actively engaging in many of the STEM objectives and often performing multiple STEM tasks at the same time.”
Watch for LEGO® Mindstorms® classes at Bright Lights again in summer 2013.