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How LEGO is Helping to Shape Interactive Learning Environments

September 5, 2014
How LEGO is Helping to Shape Interactive Learning Environments
Kids working with LEGO Story Starter program in school. Courtesy LEGO Education
LEGO has been in the classroom for years. But it's only recently that teachers have started using the classic toy in their lesson plans.

Stephan Turnipseed, President Emeritus and Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at LEGO Education, says that many of the problems facing our classrooms could be resolved through a greater emphasis on interactive learning.

“We know as adults how much we dislike doing things that are not engaging, that are not relevant,” he says, explaining that children learn most when they can take ownership over what is covered in the classroom.”We have to engage them in the manner in which they are engaging the world. To do less is to deny them the opportunities they deserve.”

Turnipseed, who is also chairman of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (an advocacy organization), transformed LEGO Education from a product sales company that puts bricks into classrooms into an educational resources leader promoting hands-on learning across America. He explains that the LEGO Education mission is to combine LEGO resources with a unique learning methodology to better prepare students for success.

LEGO Education is delivering solutions in classrooms from pre-K to college, and from teaching children how many ways there are to build a duck to analyzing data from robotic sensors, the group is finding a new way to make learning both fun and engaging.