Walton Education Foundation

The Goal for this LEGO in STEM Education Grant is to promote interest in and passion for Science,Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by providing hands on materials that encourage problem solving in daily curriculum. Designing on paper and/or computer, then building with LEGO bricks proves to be a method that will successfully make learning math, science and engineering skills more inviting. The process of thinking logically while using creativity in design will demonstrate real life applications of mathematics and science.

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LEGO in STEM Education

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School:
Maude Saunders Elementary 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Linda Young 
Students Impacted:
45 
Grade:
Date:
October 2, 2017

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CHELCO - $997.53

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Impact to My Classroom

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The goal of this LEGO in STEM Education Grant was to promote interest in and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by providing hands on materials that encourage problem solving in daily curriculum. Because of this grant, over forty students were able to use the process of thinking logically, while using creativity in design, to demonstrate real life application of mathematics and science.  Students used 2 dimensional plans to create 3 dimensional LEGO projects such as: The  Chicago Skyline, the Arc de Triomphe and the US Capitol.  Students also used LEGO bricks to create a LEGO wall that included each child's name made from LEGOs and a unique design that depicted their interests.  Due to the unavailability of one of the LEGO Architectural sets, it was necessary to replace a requested item with an available item.  I chose a new LEGO product - Women of NASA.  This set was perfect for our "Space Race" unit.  It was a great kit to bring about discussions of girls in STEM related fields.  By including hands on LEGO construction models, and LEGO baseplates with LEGO boxes, students gained an appreciation of the NGSSS Big Idea #2B - Scientific knowledge is durable and robust, but open to change.

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

The Goal for this LEGO in STEM Education Grant is to promote interest in and passion for Science,Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by providing hands on materials that encourage problem solving in daily curriculum. Designing on paper and/or computer, then building with LEGO bricks proves to be a method that will successfully make learning math, science and engineering skills more inviting. The process of thinking logically while using creativity in design will demonstrate real life applications of mathematics and science. 

 

What will be done with my students

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will continue to be four academic areas emphasized during the 2017-2018 school year in the curriculum of the program in which I teach. Students will be exposed to units of study that include (1) Architecture, (2)Engineering Skills (3) Bridge Building and(4) Space. Students will be engaged in applying math strategies by working with logic and critical thinking activities. After this grant is received, during the month of November, 2017 students will begin working in cooperative small groups to closely follow directions (blueprints) to create structures such as; the Arc de Triomphee, Buckingham Palace, and Imperial Hotel, etc.. Beginning January 2017, added to the Architecture Kits, students will start working with the LEGO base plates and LEGO kits to create scenes, designs and other projects to be displayed in the classroom. These projects will coincide with math and science units they are studying such as our Space Unit and Bridge Building Unit. By including hands on LEGO construction models, students gain appreciation of the NGSSS Big Idea #2B- Scientific knowledge is durable and robust, but open to change.

 

 

Benefits to my students

As a teacher for the Walton District School System, I plan to include the WCEA LEGO in Stem Education Grant in the gifted program curriculum in the six schools that I serve weekly. This will benefit approximately 45 students ranging from second grade through eighth grade in four elementary schools and two middle schools. Because common characteristics of gifted kids include the ability to learn quickly with little practice, curiosity and a knack for solving problems, it is imperative that these students have access to education practices and resources that enhance and increase their innate love of learning. Students will benefit when this need is met by having hands on activities that coincide with units of study. 

 

Budget Narrative

The Budget Items included in the LEGO in STEM Education Grant consist of 9 LEGO Architect Kits, one large LEGO green building baseplate, 4 small multi-colored LEGO building baseplates, a LEGO Classic Large Creative Box, 20 small storage boxes to organize LEGOs by color, and three large Rubbermaid totes to store LEGO Architecture Kits. These items will be incorporated at all six schools served to encourage creativity in design and hands on problem solving. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Green LEGO Baseplate 48"x24" $99.99
2 (4) 12"x12" LEGO Baseplates $60.00
3 LEGO Creative Box 1500 piece $106.90
4 LEGO Architecture Kit US Capitol $99.96
5 LEGO Architecture Kit - Chicago $38.97
6 LEGO Architecture Kit - Sydney $26.99
7 LEGO Architecture Kit - Venice $24.99
8 LEGO Architect - Arc de Triomphe $39.99
9 LEGO Architecture Kit -Buckingham Palace $49.99
10 LEGO Architecture Kit - Guggenheim Museum $71.95
11 LEGO Architecture Kit - Berlin $24.99
12 LEGO Architecture Kit - Imperial Hotel $189.98
13 The Lego Ideas Book $15.51
14 Rubbermaid Tote 3 @ $22.44 $67.32
15 20 Sterilite Quart storage boxes $80.00
  Total: $997.53

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