LEGO®, this four letter word conjures up a lot of great memories for me from my childhood. I was always excited around Christmas time as there would be a large package from Germany coming to our home. My father is originally from Northern Germany and all of his brothers still lived there. So, my brother and I would receive some tasty treats (yummy chocolate and Marzipan) but where we spent the most hours in sheer delight were the LEGO® packages that we would get. At the time, these little bricks were not available at any Canadian store. However, today, these bricks are a global sensation and continue to capture all our interest. The ability to take these building blocks and add more features such as motors and sensors has taken them from a great past-time and hobby right into the classroom with computer science, literacy, numeracy and several competencies such as problem solving and critical thinking.
Students will be able to build LEGO® models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore a series of cross curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as language, literacy, and social studies.