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–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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