Hungry alligators and fantastic Ferris wheels, these are just some of the robots made by primary school children as part of an exciting new initiative, a LEGO Education Innovation Studio, based at Mary Immaculate College, the first of its kind in a College of Education anywhere in Europe.
Led by the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) and ICT/Digital Learning in the Faculty of Education, MIC, this innovative project will involve the development of a cutting-edge, dedicated learning space in the College. This studio will lead to the delivery of new modules on LEGO Education for 2nd & 3rd year B.Ed. students who in turn will introduce this teaching method in the various schools they go on to teach in. In addition the project will explore the potential of using ICT technologies to develop problem solving and mathematical thinking.
The project was successfully piloted earlier this year when 135 children from eight primary schools in the Limerick and Clare region were instructed by current B Ed students, on placement as part an elective module in LEGO Education, in a set of theme-based robotics activities using LEGO We-Do Kits. The pilot project received glowing praise from the participating children and teachers alike.