LEGO Learning Symposium Explores New STEAM Teaching Methods for K-12 Education

Event fosters collaboration to inspire hands-on learning in the classroom and recognizes innovative work of teachers worldwide

BOSTON--()--LEGO® Education and Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) are together hosting the LEGO Learning Symposium, taking place June 6-7, 2016 at Tufts University in Medford, MA. The event brings together worldwide educators to share best practices and inspire playful learning techniques using the LEGO® brick across K-12 science, engineering, mathematics, and literacy disciplines.

The LEGO Learning Symposium will include a keynote presentation from Mitchel Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. Attendees will gain hands-on experience using LEGO® Education solutions in the classroom through workshops, teacher talks, and dynamic round-table discussions designed to educate and support teachers in building the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers. The event is held in conjunction with the Tufts STEM Education Conference.

“Today’s classroom environment should reflect the many different ways students learn,” says Ethan Danahy, research assistant professor in Tufts University School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and the school’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. “To accomplish this, we must come together as a community of educators to explore the science behind learning. This symposium and the conference being held at Tufts fosters an environment of collaboration, where teachers can share their experiences using new and creative teaching methods to inspire colleagues from around the world.”

As part of the event, LEGO Education will honor the receipts of the 2016 LEGO® Education Teacher Award and offer them a platform to share their work. The award recognizes elementary and middle school teachers from countries around the world who have incorporated the LEGO® brick, curriculum, and software into their classrooms to achieve learning outcomes across subjects while engaging with playful learning experiences.

“We look forward to some exciting days, and we are happy to recognize and honor these talented teachers to encourage them to continue enabling every student to succeed trough playful learning experiences”, says Pernille France, Senior Director, LEGO Education.

Recipients of the 2016 LEGO® Education Teacher Award include:

  • Olga Melnikova, Elementary & Middle School of Innopolis, Russia
  • Irina Styopkina, Gymnasium No. 74, Barnaul city, Russia
  • Andrea Fonseca, Metodista School of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Chi Mau Tiu, Carmel Secondary School, Hong Kong
  • Jae Guk Shim, Bongdong Elementary School, South Korea
  • Neil Gray, Sacred Heart College, Australia
  • Jennifer Garlick, Gordon East Public School, Australia

Read more about the seven teachers in the LEGO Education Community.

About LEGO® Education:
LEGO® Education offers playful learning experiences and teaching solutions based on the LEGO system of bricks, curriculum-relevant material, and physical and digital resources to preschool, elementary, middle school, and after school. In partnership with educators for more than 35 years, we support teaching in an inspiring, engaging, and effective way. Our educational solutions, which range from the humanities to science, enable every student to succeed by encouraging them to become active, collaborative learners, build skills for future challenges, and establish a positive mind-set toward learning.

About Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO):
Tufts University’s CEEO is a leader in improving education through engineering for K-12 and university classrooms. Tufts CEEO offers a research program aimed at understanding how kids and adults learn engineering, which informs the development of various educational tools. The Center collaborates with a number of companies to bring these tools into the classroom and work with teachers around the world to further support the teacher-user community. Tufts CEEO houses faculty, staff, and graduate students from engineering disciplines and the education department.

Contacts

LEGO® Education
Sarah McKitterick, 617-460-6950
sarah.mckitterick@LEGO.com

Release Summary

LEGO® Education and Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach are together hosting the LEGO Learning Symposium on June 6-7, 2016 at Tufts University in Medford.

Contacts

LEGO® Education
Sarah McKitterick, 617-460-6950
sarah.mckitterick@LEGO.com