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Weir Elementary School Lego Education
By Felicia Lawrence
WEIR, KS.--- Weir Elementary School is taking learning to a new level. Teachers have made it fun and entertaining by bringing toys into the classroom.
"When you have a child that's engaged, they're learning, and sometimes they don't even realize they're learning. So it's play, but it's a very important curriculum," said Tammie Hall, Principal.
Kindergarten Teacher Cyndee Martin says this is the ultimate way to grab the attention of her students.
"As the children are engaged in playing, they're learning math and science and how to get along," said Cyndee Martin, Kindergarten Teacher.
Administration is more than supportive of the program. They feel using Lego's in the classroom is the best way to intertwine subjects and overall strengthen their curriculum.
"They're also learning the concepts of what levers, motors, how does a pulley work. Those types of things. So they're learning some very basic introductions to complex scientific and mathematical terms," said Dr. Glenn Fortmayer, USD 247 Superintendent.
School Superintendent Doctor Glenn Fortmayer says STEM-education, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math is the key to education in the 21st century.
"You're never to young to start learning even the most complex types of concepts. And it's important for these kids not to be afraid of terms like engineering and robotics, and STEM. So this gives kids a very early start and it gives them confidence," said Dr. Fortmayer.
The curriculum is designed to advance by grade level. By the time a student reaches their senior year of high school, they are studying robotic engineering. It's a progressive program, but as the superintendent put it, it's best to start young.