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LEGO

In order to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, the LEGO Group has dedicated more than 80 years to understand how learners play and learn. Learning has always been at the very core of the company's most heartfelt values. Being part of the LEGO Group, LEGO Education plays a decisive role in igniting team engagement in learning by giving them a hands-on experience that encourages learning through physical and digital creation.

 

The LEGO Group and LEGO Education not only share a common base (the LEGO brick), but they also hold a very close set of visions, beliefs and values. They believe in providing inspiring, engaging and effective solutions to classrooms and businesses that will transform the way learning takes place. Their promise is to help you deliver playful learning experiences that enable every learner to succeed.

Education:

 

Bring LEGO Bricks into any lesson, and you immediately add an element of fun, without losing any learning benefits. Between the colors and the ability to build almost any shape, LEGO Bricks are perfect tools for challenging students to create something that demonstrates a pattern or shows symmetry. Many students are visual learners and will have an easier time grasping mathematical concepts if they can see them demonstrated in a visually compelling way. LEGO can help with that.

 

As such, making LEGO Bricks part of your lesson plan can help you teach concepts that students might otherwise find tedious, in a way that doesn’t feel like work to them. Many educators have already been putting this idea to the test with success. Here are a few ideas to get you started;

  • If you ask students to work out a classification system for their LEGO sets, they’ll be challenged to do the same. Should they group them based on color, size, or shape? What kind of names should they assign to each category? Different students might end up with different systems altogether. As such, this is a great lesson in looking for patterns and logic in taxonomic systems.

  • In class, you can encourage students to do it collaboratively in groups or to share the stories they’ve used the LEGO Bricks to create. You can add an extra (and fun) challenge by having one student create a scene with LEGO Bricks, then have another come up with a story based on what they see.

  • LEGO Education also provides curriculum to promote writing and literacy skills with their StoryStarter kits. These kits give students a little structure to start with in constructing their stories. They come with characters, sets to build, and beginning, middle and end boards upon which to construct the stories. The kits leave your students plenty of room for creativity, but it encourages them to exercise it within the classic story structure, thereby subtly teaching story construction.

  • LEGO’s More to Math sets come with even more ideas and ways to use the familiar bricks for visualizing mathematical concepts. The company provides curriculum packs with lessons built from common core standards, as well as whiteboard software that lets you demonstrate the concepts explored on a screen for everyone to see.

 

Corporate:

 

As the fast pace of technology calls for innovative, out-of-the-box thinking, corporations are looking for more unusual approaches to meet the challenges they face, often with “hands-on” or “unplugged” approaches. If LEGO is about anything, it’s the use of one’s hands while the mind is in an unplugged state. LEGO Serious Play capitalizes on this by asking the hands to find a solution that the mind hasn’t been able to on its own.

 

Successful innovation demands more than a good strategic plan: it requires creative improvisation. Much of the “serious play” that leads to breakthrough innovations is increasingly linked to experiments with models, prototypes, and simulations. The LEGO Serious Play method is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject. Each participant builds his or her own 3D LEGO model in response to the facilitator's questions using specially selected LEGO elements. These 3D models serve as a basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.

 

The LEGO Serious Play Method is a technique which improves group problem solving. By utilizing visual, auditory and kinesthetic skills, the Method requires participants to learn and listen, and it provides all participants with a voice. The Method serves as a shared language regardless of culture or position. It is also a method the requires a trained facilitator. (http://www.lego.com/en-us/seriousplay/facilitator)

 

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