Lego drives science learning
Belt transmission, vibration and metal fatigue are terms often associated with a first-year engineering degree, but Bungaree Primary School and Hillman Primary School students put these words into action when engineering experts E2 Young Engineers Perth visited the schools last month.
Years 4 to 6 students participated in a Lego engineering program on Wednesday, November 28 making functional motorised Lego prototypes of race cars, jelly blenders, drills and compactors. Head Lego engineer Chee Wong said the program provided hands-on STEM learning by educating children using a favourite childhood toy.
“Obviously the students are having fun but more importantly they are learning about gears, pulleys, motors and the underpinning science and technology in a highly engaging manner,” he said.
“Lego helicopters teach students about the physics underpinning flight, Lego washing machines teach students about torque and centrifugal forces.
“There is so much we can learn using Lego as a prototyping tool.”
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