MOUNT WASHINGTON - LEGOs are among the most popular toys in the world, but if you ask Carla Young she’ll tell you the tiny blocks aren’t merely toys.
The Mount Washington Elementary School science lab teacher will tell you LEGOs spark kids’ imaginations.
And thanks to the LEGO Education Showcase Grant Young acquired for her school MWES students now have more than 25,000 LEGOs for hands on learning activities.
Young, who is the school’s LEGO club adviser, applied for the grant in April.
Knowing that only 100 applicants would receive the award nationwide Young was not optimistic.
That was until she was contacted by the grant’s sponsor, Education Blueprints Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to individuals, teachers, and students.
“I was shocked when I found out we received the grant,” she said. “Honestly I had forgotten about it after a while.”
In celebration of the $1,300 grant award, MWES recently hosted a LEGO Education Showcase event.
Nearly 100 MWES students ranging from third to fifth graders participated in the event, themed “Wild Imaginations,” after the school’s 2012-2013 school year theme “Wild About Learning.”
During the event MWES third grader Jordan McCubbins created a geometric pattern of shapes and colors with LEGOs.
Unaware that she was applying principles of mathematics and design while crafting her model, McCubbins simply said she had fun.
“Basically the LEGO Education Showcase is to give students the opportunity to explore and build using their creative imaginations,” Young said.
“Kids learn and expand their creativity when they’re having fun. That’s what it’s all about.”
With the grant, the school received 21 1,200-piece LEGO sets, which Young assured would be put to good use.
In addition to supplementing the MWES LEGO club’s stock, Young said the LEGOs would be used in STEM educational programs, which which focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.