1. Magic Moments

    Magic Moments

    Sometimes things come together in your class in such a way as to cause a smile to hit your face and remain there for the whole day. Here’s one such event: Why it’s cool: The class were working on the Move Without Wheels challenge. I was out for the day...

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  2. LEGO-based therapy

    LEGO-based therapy

    LEGO-based Therapy is a social development intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The goals of LEGO Therapy for such children are to: improve their motivation to initiate social contact with peers improve their ability to sustain interaction with peers for a period of time overcome their autistic symptoms...

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  3. Challenges in K-12 engineering education: Lessons from Massachusetts

    Challenges in K-12 engineering education: Lessons from Massachusetts

    Although technology/engineering has been a part of the Massachusetts state curriculum frameworks since 2001, meaningful implementation has been slow for a number of reasons. For example, technology/engineering is considered outside the purview of the liberal-arts. Science teachers are slow to accept technology/engineering as an additional part of their responsibility. There...

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  4. The Social Skills Network

    The Social Skills Network

    The Social Skills Network is made up of of students and their teachers engaged at school and online in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics using LEGO EV3 challenges. It is made up of Robotics Social Clubs from six schools and colleges from Brisbane Catholic Education. The students enjoy connecting with...

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  5. Learning STEM in the Classroom

    Learning STEM in the Classroom

    Chris Rogers, professor at Tufts University, explains why STEM education should be taught in the classroom in this video published by LEGO Education. See below for a transcript. Transcript So my name is Chris Rogers and I’m a professor here at Tufts University and I wanted to talk a little...

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  6. Learning Dimensions: Another way to assess

    Learning Dimensions: Another way to assess

    Mike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson, from the Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s legendary Exploratorium museum, have created an alternative Learning Dimensions Framework for the assessment of student engagement in project-based learning. Students are assessed for such measures as engagement, initiative and intentionality, social scaffolding, and development of understanding. While these...

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  7. Project rules to foster collaboration, not chaos

    Project rules to foster collaboration, not chaos

     Projects are an engaging way to teach STEM concepts, engineering design, and a host of soft skills—collaboration, communication, resilience. However, a project-based classroom can easily veer towards chaos and ugly competition. How do you encourage students to tackle open-ended, creative, and challenging projects while fostering an atmosphere of cooperation and...

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