At Kings Beach Elementary (KBE), we are very fortunate to have two spaces dedicated to STEAM, a maker space (STEAM Lab) and a science laboratory, where students explore with hands-on learning. Finding materials that support this explorative learning can be challenging, expensive, and difficult to navigate the speed at which materials will become obsolete. In addition, materials that have been consolidated from previous science curriculums like FOSS Kits are at last starting to dwindle with no clear prospects of replacement curriculums in sight. One promising and future-proof way forward for our STEAM programming at KBE could be through the investment in LEGO Education kits.
Both the LEGO Education BricQ Motion Kit and the LEGO Education SPIKE Kit offer engaging, hands-on, integrated learning experiences that would be inclusive to our student population needs at KBE. Furthermore, these LEGO Education kits would easily encourage students to explore math, science, and literacy concepts in a playful manner in which students would learn 21st century skills without feeling overwhelmed to do so.
LEGO Education has created online resources and lesson plans through their LEGO Learning System that support educators to find ways to incorporate the above-mentioned learning goals through the use of LEGO Education kits and technology that is simple, easy to replace, and optional to the overall curriculum.
Because LEGO is such a formidable company with longstanding success around the world and has succeeded in creating the LEGO Foundation to promote learning through play, I believe that Kings Beach Elementary students would benefit from investing in their products and curriculum.