If you are a LEGO fan, you no longer need to ‘help’ your kids with their LEGO – you can play with your own! Learnit have partnered with Dublin City University to offer innovative LEGO Education Academy Workshops for all ages. These new Learnit LEGO workshops prove LEGO is no longer just for kids!
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Located in the DCU LEGO Education Innovation Studio at DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, the Learnit LEGO Workshops have been designed to inspire and develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills through hands-on activities. Both kids and adults can develop the critical skills they need to meet the challenges of a future in which innovation, originality and the ability to work with others will be vital.
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Why Is STEM Education So Important?
STEM skills are essential for all of us as we negotiate school and work. Science and technology pervade every part of our daily lives, from the gadgets that we use and apps we download to the weather forecast and ability to travel globally.
Skill like problem-solving, creativity, focus, analytical ability, critical thinking, innovation, scientific literacy, technological awareness – all of these are developed through STEM education.
“The importance of STEM education cannot be underestimated. Our hands-on workshops develop problem solving, design, collaboration, coding skills and much more,” says Learnit’s founder, Ross Maguire, who is also a part-time lecturer in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies on the use of LEGO in Education.
Since 2010, Learnit has brought a range of LEGO Education workshops and camps to over 80,000 children throughout Ireland. The Irish ed-tech company has also worked with a number of major tech companies including Google, Facebook and Intel.
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What Can You Learn At The Learnit LEGO Workshops?
There will be courses for children (ages 3+), teenagers, adults, and over 55s. Junior Engineers (6-8 year olds) can develop simple mechanisms and machines, while the Junior Robotics (7-10 year olds) workshop uses LEGO Education WeDo 2.0. For adults, the Parents’ Playtime Workshop and Experienced Engineers (over-55s) focus on engineering and robotics.
“We will have workshops available for children as young as three, for teenagers and for children with special needs,” said Professor Deirdre Butler, who is responsible for the design and development of Digital Learning programmes at DCU’s Institute of Education.
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“In keeping with DCU’s ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and enhancing the lives of older members of the community, we will also include programmes for experienced engineers (over 55’s) and grandpals (for grandparents and grandchildren).”
“These innovative workshops have the potential to transform how we, children and adults alike, learn and engage with the science and technology that surrounds us every day.”
Do you think your family would be interested? Leave a comment below and let us know – I don’t know about you, but we’re booking in for a family workshop ASAP (and I’m not sure who is more excited about it)!
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