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Bricks 4 Kids Teaches Lanigan 4th Graders Lessons Beyond The Classroom

Lanigan Elementary fourth graders have strengthened their science knowledge one Lego at a time.

Adrianna Bulla shows off her Lego merry-go-round, created during the final day of the Bricks 4 Kidz program.
Adrianna Bulla shows off her Lego merry-go-round, created during the final day of the Bricks 4 Kidz program.

The school recently welcomed the Bricks 4 Kidz program to further expose the students to the fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

The six-week program enabled the fourth graders to utilize several life skills, such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, adaptability, cooperation, focus and time management as they built various simple machines using Legos.

Fourth grade teacher Tracy Waldron said the Bricks 4 Kidz program perfectly paired with the science curriculum, which offered instruction on gears, pulleys, wedges, inclined planes and additional simple machine information.

The hands-on experience was an added bonus and helped reinforce lessons learned in class, she said.

During the last day of the program, students worked in small groups in all fourth grade classrooms to create battery-powered merry-go-rounds using Lego kits.

Those who finished their task first helped classmates troubleshoot their issues.

Waldron said lessons have expanded beyond the classroom, as students were recently at recess trying to create a snowman and discussed the need for an inclined plane in order to stack each three large balls of snow atop of one another.

This was the first year Bricks 4 Kidz was offered at the school.