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Teaching STEM with Bricks 4 Kidz

At Sacred Heart Academy, a group of primary through fifth grade students kicked off the school year with the introduction of the Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO after-school program.

In the program, students discover a variety of STEM topics and build a moving LEGO model made up of gears, bricks and motors.

Students at Sacred Heart Academy learning STEM concepts. [Sacred Heart Academy photo]

At Bricks 4 Kidz, kids learn, build and play with a variety of LEGO pieces. The company’s goal is to use LEGO products to provide a fun, hands-on learning and building experience focused on STEM concepts that encourages critical thinking, creativity, organizational skills, problem-solving and teamwork.

“Bricks 4 Kidz offers an amazing opportunity for children to learn about STEM,” Nancy Portscheller, Bricks 4 Kidz program director, said. “In our after-school classes, kids develop interests and learn concepts in science technology engineering and math, something in which many children do have a future. Kids love this stuff and don’t realize they are learning.”

The after-school class at the Academy of the Sacred Heart uses these bricks, axles, gears and motors to build models that really move. Children follow proprietary Bricks 4 Kidz plans that are based on students’ ages and abilities.

“I love LEGOs,” one Sacred Heart student said. “LEGOs are so much fun! I really like this class because we get to build with motors!”

Currently, Sacred Heart students are working on building a pirate ship and a crocodile.

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