With the imminent release of the new Lego Movie, on 6th February 2014 children from six of the region’s schools have taken this ever-popular construction favourite and exploited its educational potential.
‘Lego Day’ was an initiative conceived by Deputy Headteacher, Emma Prokipczuk at AllSaints, Sapcote and delivered in partnership with the local Pathfinders group of schools, made up of All Saints Primary School, Sapcote; Sharnford Primary School, Burbage Infant and Junior schools, Westfield Junior School and Sketchley Hill Primary School. The aim was to get pupils who are fascinated by both maths and science to develop their problem-solving skills and apply them to real life situations.
Prior to the big day hosted by All Saints School on January 21st, the children researched solar energy at their own schools before coming together for the group session in Sapcote. Here groups of three were set challenges to design and build different parts of a Lego village including a school, fire station and leisure centre, whilst all the time thinking about how to harness and use the power of the sun in their buildings.
The children all mixed well and worked successfully in their teams, creating some innovative designs and having great fun in the process.
“The children came up with some inspirational designs,” said Emma Prokipczuk. “they also worked well with their peers from local schools and we intend to organise more events within this group of schools during the rest of the academic year.”