Deborah Lucas – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Deborah Lucas – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Biography

Lego bricks have long been beneficial in promoting fine motor development in children. However, there are many more benefits to implementing Lego use in the classroom. Lego brick-free building affords children the opportunity to plan, design and create three-dimensional structures.Lego bricks simple machines building encourages children to examine how simple machines work, as well as how to construct these figures. My proposal was to include Kindergarten students in an after-school program that would enhance these skills. Once a week, for three months after school, students chose to either free build or build Lego Sets based upon student interests. Students worked for an hour, either individually or in small groups to build their structure, robot, or vehicle. Upon completion, students complete a Show-Me Board. Using
photographs taken through the building-process, students outline the creative process used to complete the task.

Kindergarten, All Content
Cordia Elementary, Knott County
Project Title: STEM Building using Lego Bricks ARI Innovations Mini Grant Recipient