From the turtle with a LEGO® leg to LEGO bricks in space, we’ve really enjoyed bringing you the latest from LEGO Education this year. As we reach the end of 2012, here’s our round-up of some of the most popular stories we’ve featured over the last 12 months. Don’t forget to visit us in 2013 to keep up to date with all the latest news and views from LEGO Education UK!
In January we brought you the results of the FIRST® LEGO® League tournament final, held at Loughborough University. This year’s Senior Solutions Challenge is well underway and we’ll be bringing you all the action from the final at Loughborough in January 2013! Read more about the 2012 final here.
We’ve been teaming up with NASA and the crew of the International Space Station who have been investigating LEGO bricks in space! In February the crew conducted experiments in microgravity with a trundlewheel. Find out what happened here.
In March we told you how we were partnering with Google for the Google Science Fair 2012. Scientists at Cambridge University explained how they are using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® in experiments to grow artificial bone. Find out more here.
We met the LEGO MINDSTORMS robot that could learn to play rock, paper, scissors in April. Read more about the amazing creation here.
We brought you a series of free Play to Learn activity cards this year and in May we focused on using LEGO® DUPLO® in the classroom to teach communication, language and literacy. You can download this and other cards in the series here.
In June we discovered that 40-year-old Eastern box turtle Beamer is still going strong – 15 years after being given a prosthetic leg made from LEGO! Read the whole story here.
We brought you a free booklet aimed at helping you get the most out of your LEGO DUPLO resources in July. You can still download the guide here.
You and your class were invited to take on the Quick 20 Brick Challenge in August; challenging every child to pick 20 LEGO bricks to create as many builds as possible. The activity inspires creativity and communication, as well as being lots of fun! You can take on the challenge here.
Youngsters at a middle school in the US used LEGO Minifigures to inspire their self portraits in September. See their great work here.
Our free Science Lesson Plan series has proved very popular and in October we published the Learned Responses lesson plan for use with LEGO MINDSTORMS Education. You can still download this and others in the series, by clicking here.
LEGO Education BuildToExpress was launched this year and teachers have been sharing their inspiring ideas for using this new resource. In November one teacher told us how she is using it to teach A-level psychology and ethics. Find out more here.
In December LEGO Education President Jacob Kragh explained how it was vital to work in partnerships if we are to deliver the quality of education needed in the 21st century. Read more of his thoughts after attending WISE 2012, here.
We haven’t got space to mention all the other stories we’ve featured this year, but you can search our archive any time you need inspiration or information!