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Through designing and building LEGO® cities from scratch, kids would learn and practice critical skills necessary for the 21st century.  Immersive & experiential learning has proven to be highly effective methods of learning; best of all, kids are eager and excited to learn through our program.

Through our innovative and highly engaging curriculum, students will learn such topics as:

  • Government
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Finance / Currency
  • Banking (see lesson sample below)
  • Urban Planning
  • Justice System / Law Enforcement
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Environment

Valuable skills students would learn:

  • Presentation
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Technical (e.g. iMovie, Blog, programming software, presentation)
  • Leadership

Lesson Sample: Bank & Hospital

In our Spring 2013 LEGO® Civics Class, kids learned about checking, saving, deposit, ATM, and loan. They build up their own bank with everything inside: the teller, waiting line, changing machine, double security door, security camera, ATM, alarm system, and the table to talk about loan.

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In the Hospital lesson, they learned about different types of hospitals, emergency room, operating room, and people at the hospital. Based on what they have learned, they built a Pediatrics with hospital logo, nursery room, waiting room, and wheel chair  in LEGO® City.

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To see more photos and videos from previous class, please check out our class blog.

Find Out What Spring 2013 Class Did

 

Technologies Students Will Learn

Some of the technologies listed below will be integrated into LEGO Civics curriculum. For example, students will learn Powerpoint making skills when they have to do a speech in front of the class or they will learn iMovie to edit promotional videos for their own LEGO city.

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iMovie

  • iMovie makes video editing easy to include elements such as text, transitions, visuals and music; all elementsthat make the medium a powerful one.
  • Student will learn how to use camcorders/mobile devices with the iMovie app to take, edit and make short videos.
  • Basic movie-making techniques of creating footage, editing clips, assembling clips, adding transitions and music will be taught.

 

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PowerPoint

  • Knowing how to make a good PowerPoint is important for kids to evelop their public speaking and leadership skills. It’s a skill and asset that they will keep for the rest of their life.
  • Students will learn how to make a PowerPoint to present their ideas from collecting multimedia content to choosing layout and themes.

 

Google SketchUp

  • SketchUp is a great tool for easily teaching kids to construct 3D sketchup7_lgmodels of buildings, trees, cars, and the like.
  • Students can use SketchUp to visualize geometry and other mathematical concepts, create models to learn about architecture, and design everything from games and toys to models of spaceships and cars.
  • It can also be used in conjunction with Google Earth.

 

Scratch

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  • There is a growing realization that knowing how to program isessential, especially for the younger generation.
  • Scratch is a programming language designed for kids by MIT. With Scratch, kids can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations – and share your creations with others in the online community.
  • Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

 

Google Earth

  • Google Earth is an astounding, eye-opening, free geographic resource Google-Earth-on-Ubuntu-11.10that allows kids to fly anywhere on the planet and zoom in to see cities, buildings, landmarks, ancient ruins, terrain: anything on Earth.
  • Kids could view authentic cities, explore historical areas, see animal habitats, view the effects of climate change, take tours of ancient ruins such as the pyramids and so on.

 

LEGO® Robotics

  • LEGO Robotics has exploded in popularity. It’s the golden ts.20120102T160325.mindstorms robot icket to STEM education. The best Its hard to find a better way to teach STEM education. And the best part is its hands on, multidisciplinary, collaborative, an authentic learning experience, and engaging!
  • Our program will inspire kids’ imaginations and challenge their minds with the latest LEGO Robotics, introducing them to LEGO Robotics activities and competitions
  • With robotic sets, the NXT Intelligent Brick, plus a range of sensors designed to help their toy robots “see” and “hear,” students can bring their toys to life.

 

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