Lego Ed­u­ca­tion Work­shops launched

Fingal Independent - - OPINION -

LEARNIT, in part­ner­ship with Dublin City Uni­ver­sity, has launched a range of Learn it Academy LEGO Ed­u­ca­tion Work­shops for LEGO fans of all ages. Lo­cated in the DCU LEGO Ed­u­ca­tion In­no­va­tion Stu­dio, DCU St. Pa­trick’s Cam­pus, the Learnit Academy work­shops have been de­signed to in­spire and de­velop Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Maths (STEM) skills through a wide range of hands on, en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

They will help peo­ple de­velop the crit­i­cal skills they need to meet the chal­lenges of a fu­ture in which in­no­va­tion, orig­i­nal­ity and the abil­ity to work with oth­ers will be vi­tal.

From Septem­ber, work­shops for chil­dren aged three and over, teenagers, adults and even the older fans of LEGO will be fa­cil­i­tated by Learnit’s ex­pe­ri­enced team of LEGO Ed­u­ca­tion Academy trained in­struc­tors.

Work­shops will in­clude Ju­nior En­gi­neers for 6-8 year olds, de­vel­op­ing sim­ple mech­a­nisms and ma­chines and Ju­nior Ro­bot­ics for 7-10 year olds us­ing LEGO Ed­u­ca­tion Wedo 2.0.

Other work­shops in­clude Par­ent’s Play­time for adults fo­cused on en­gi­neer­ing and ro­bot­ics and Ex­pe­ri­enced En­gi­neers for over 55’s fo­cused on en­gi­neer­ing and ro­bot­ics.

Since 2010, Learnit has brought a range of LEGO Ed­u­ca­tion work­shops and camps to over 80,000 chil­dren through­out Ire­land. The Ir­ish ed-tech com­pany, which started from hum­ble be­gin­nings, now of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of LEGO Ed­u­ca­tion themed camps and work­shops across 14 coun­ties in Ire­land.

It has also worked with a num­ber of ma­jor tech com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Google, Face­book and In­tel.

A part­ner of DCU’S In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion, Learnit’s founder, Ross Maguire, is also a part-time lec­turer in the School of STEM Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion and Global Stud­ies on the use of LEGO in Ed­u­ca­tion

‘Our goal is and al­ways will be to in­spire the creators of to­mor­row,’ said Ross Maguire, Learn it. ‘ The im­por­tance of STEM Ed­u­ca­tion can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. Our hands-on work­shops de­velop prob­lem solv­ing, de­sign, col­lab­o­ra­tion, cod­ing skills and much more.’

Pro­fes­sor Deirdre But­ler, who is re­spon­si­ble for the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of Dig­i­tal Learn­ing pro­grammes at DCU’S In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion, said: ‘We are de­lighted to be work­ing with Learnit on the roll out of th­ese in­no­va­tive work­shops, which we be­lieve have the po­ten­tial to trans­form how we, chil­dren and adults alike, learn and en­gage with the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy that sur­rounds us ev­ery day.’

De­tails on the en­tire range of work­shops and book­ings can be made via https://www.learnit.ie/book-now

Rian Caf­frey, Maya Kelly and Larry Gra­ham with Ross Maguire.

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