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About Educational LEGO Projects 

Educational LEGO Projects are available in the half day segment of our 2016 programs. 

Find below important insights about our LEGO projects. 

Did you know the company that makes “play” LEGO also makes educational LEGOs and the curriculum for their use? In addition to being a lot of fun, educational LEGO products are designed to teach important skills to children. Wow Science offers five levels of educational LEGO for various age groups.

Benefits of Educational LEGO to Early Childhood Education
 
Here are important K-2 students can learn with the educational LEGO products for their age cohort: 
 
1. Enhances Visual Motor Integration (coordination skill). The hands-on nature of LEGO activities facilities hand-eye coordination in children. Excellent visual motor integration is a necessity for success in many scientific fields. It is critical to success in sports, playing musical instruments, dancing, and more!
 
2. Stimulates analytical and critical thinking skills. The step-by-step process involved in LEGO activities stimulates analytical and critical thinking skills in children. It fosters an environment where they have to pay attention to detail as they try to figure out the next piece, fit it in where it belongs, and ensure it functions properly.
 
3. Stimulates creativity and imagination. People become very good at the skills they develop and nurture. One of the reasons LEGO educational products are so popular is their versatility. Children can essentially create with LEGOs whatever they can imagine. Imagination and creativity are skills that can be developed with practice. The LEGO Story Starter Kit is especially designed to promote creativity and collaboration.
 
4. Promotes visual spatial development. LEGO designs involve attentiveness to the relationship between line, color, shape, space, and form. This enables children to develop visual spatial skills. Children who possess strong visual spatial skills excel at completing jigsaw puzzles, geometry, manipulating objects mentally, playing chess, repairing machinery, and drawing diagrams and illustrations. These are all qualities that make for an excellent STEM professional. Even in sports, spatial development is just as critical. Take a football quarterback for instance. It is a well-developed spatial skill that enables a quarterback to accurately throw a ball to a position where a receiver is going to be before the receiver gets there.
 
5. Develops social skills. Children constantly have to work together in many of the activities in our program. Many of the educational LEGO products are design to promote collaboration. Children learn to address each other, rely on one another for help, ask questions, follow instructions, and experience the impact of their behavior on others.
 
Benefits of Educational LEGO to Students in 3rd Grade and Above
 
Educational Lego products for students in this category include Simple Machines, Powered Machines, Mindstorms NXT, Mindstorms Robotics EV3, and Tetrix. Wow Science offers all of these Lego products in its afterschool, in school, and summer programs. 
 
The LEGO Mindstorms curricula feature three main sections with five design projects per section, for a total of 15 projects:
 
1. Make It Move: Students are challenged to design, build, and program robots that move using motors with rotation sensors. In five projects, students apply mathematics and science knowledge to create robots that measure distance and speed, move without using wheels, maximize power to move up an incline, and move and turn to create regular polygons. Students also apply their knowledge of simple and complex machines and use ratios to describe proportional relationships.
 
2. Make It Smarter: Students are challenged to add sensors to their robots to control behavior and to measure, graph, and analyze sensor data. In five projects, students develop robots that use sensors that measure ambient and reflected light, distinguish specific colors, measure distance from an object, recognize a touch-sensor state, and measure angular displacement or rate of change. [add photos]
 
3. Make a System: Students are challenged to design and program robotics systems built from subsystems. In five projects, students develop systems that move a ball, pick and place objects, simulate manufacturing, sort colors, and communicate their location. Students test their system, gather data, and use that evidence to engineer system optimizations and improvements.
 
This program gives children a fun opportunity to learn science. Students will 

  1. understand and use mathematical skills and concepts, such as proportions and ratios, graphing data, and multi-digit computation;
  2. apply knowledge of scientific concepts, such as speed and power, motion and stability, and forces and interactions;
  3. understand cross-cutting concepts, such as systems, patterns, structure and function, and logical thinking;
  4. understand the core concepts of technology;
  5. understand the role of troubleshooting, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving;
  6. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project;
  7. demonstrate creative thinking and construct knowledge using technology;
  8. use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively.

Students accomplish all of the above while having fun and maximizing their ability to collaborate with others. 

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