New Bricks 4 Kidz Lego play area based on STEM prin­ci­ples

The Argus - - NEWS -

BRICKS 4 Kidz, which de­liv­ers ed­u­ca­tional play ac­tiv­i­ties through LEGO®, has just opened in County Louth, teach­ing chil­dren aged be­tween 3 and 16 years the prin­ci­ples of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, and Maths (STEM).

With a pres­ence in 45 coun­tries world­wide, the com­pany’s project based pro­grammes use LEGO Tech­nic® and Ro­bot­ics to re­in­force key con­cepts in the school cur­ricu­lum. The spe­cially de­signed project kits and theme-based mod­els, pro­vide the build­ing blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tional play.

The new fran­chise op­er­a­tor, Steve Rees, recog­nised that this in­no­va­tive con­cept pro­vided the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to bring play-based STEM ed­u­ca­tion to the chil­dren of Louth, and be­lieves Bricks 4 Kidz will prove to be very pop­u­lar across the county.

The busi­ness, which opened at the start of Jan­uary 2018, will as­sist around 15,000 chil­dren in 71 Louth schools to ex­plore sci­en­tific con­cepts and ideas through LEGO themed work­shops. Th­ese pur­pose­fully de­signed and age ap­pro­pri­ate work­shops will pro­vide chil­dren with a unique op­por­tu­nity to learn about sci­ence through the medium of play.

Speak­ing about the new ven­ture, Mr Rees said, ‘When I first heard about Bricks 4 Kidz I knew that it was a su­perb con­cept and busi­ness I wanted to be in­volved in. I had grown up with LEGO and al­ways en­joyed the chal­lenge and sat­is­fac­tion that came with com­plet­ing a model and the lim­it­less cre­ativ­ity it al­lowed.

To use this prod­uct day to day in a way that can en­rich chil- dren’s ed­u­ca­tion is some­thing I truly be­lieve in. En­cour­ag­ing the next gen­er­a­tion to en­gage with and em­brace STEM ed­u­ca­tion is ex­tremely im­por­tant.’ added, Mr Rees.

In ad­di­tion to the in-school work­shops, which are adapted to suit the pre­vail­ing cur­ricu­lum ob­jec­tives, Bricks 4 Kidz is also de­liv­er­ing LEGO themed birth­day par­ties, af­ter-school classes, and holiday camps through­out Louth.

Karl Fitz­patrick, the Mas­ter Fran­chisee for Bricks 4 Kidz in Ire­land, wel­comed the suc­cess which the busi­ness has achieved to date stat­ing ‘ The pop­u­lar­ity of Bricks 4 Kidz has spanned con­ti­nents and I am de­lighted that chil­dren in Louth are now able to en­joy the ben­e­fits of the pro­grammes.

‘We are de­lighted that Steve Rees has joined the grow­ing net­work of Bricks 4 Kidz fran­chisees in Ire­land, and with his en­thu­si­asm and ded­i­ca­tion for the brand, we could not have se­lected a bet­ter am­bas­sador for the busi­ness in Louth.’

Brick 4 Kidz Louth cur­rently em­ploys two peo­ple on a full­time ba­sis and aims to have three full-time em­ploy­ees and 12 part-time LEGO tu­tors by July this year.

Stevee Rees, Fiona Collins and Adele Ryan Bricks 4 Kidz Louth with Karl Fitz­patrick, Mas­ter Fran­chisee, Bricks 4 Kidz.

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