We are exited to be part of the ‘Raising Standards Together’ Conference organised by the London Maths Hubs on 9th July 2015.
Our Managing Director, Dr. Rene Lydiksen, will be one of a number of presenters including Rob Eastaway of Maths Direction; Maths Enthuser Johnny Ball; Jane Jones of Ofsted; Professor Dame Celia Hoyles from the University of London and funny-man Mathematician Matt Parker.
This event is completely free to attend and it would be great to meet some of you there to talk about how we can support maths teachers and address the challenges of the new curriculum whilst raising standards in mathematics.
To register visit the London Maths Hubs Website https://londonmathshubs.wordpress.com
Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils of all abilities, whether they have little interest in writing or need to be more challenged, are able to connect with and engage in their lessons to a greater degree when they have a physical resource to inspire them.
The simple LEGO® brick inspires creativity, communication and fun; and is helping to break down barriers in Literacy by approaching learning in this subject using this fun and familiar tool.
Literacy at Key Stages 1 & 2 with StoryStarter …
- Engage all of your pupils in Literacy lessons, no matter their ability
- Pupils work in groups to plan and build their story, improving communication skills
- They use the story writing software to put it into words, bringing technology into your lesson
- The accompanying curriculum pack provides activities, ideas and tips & tricks
- The teacher e-learning tool gets you started straightaway
Find out more about how StoryStarter can help your pupils on our website.
If you’re looking for some fun activities to plan (or do) during half term then make sure you visit our Community for lots of LEGO-based inspiration!
Our Community gives you the chance to connect, engage and share your thoughts and ideas with other like-minded educationalists from all over the world.
Browse for teaching resources, chat to our experts or be inspired by how others are using LEGO Education in the classroom. Oh and the best bit, you get to create your very own LEGO avatar!
Here’s some of our favourite posts …
The Marshmallow Challenge (using WeDo)
A week in the Life (of a robotics teacher)
Great use for all those lids!
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The project-based activities included in the WeDo Computing Scheme of Work cover a wide range of topics in the National Curriculum for Computing at Key Stages 1 & 2, including designing, writing and debugging programmes; algorithms; sequence, selection and repetition; and input and output.
It’s creative, engaging and hands-on and a fantastic resource to improve those 21st century skills of communication, collaboration and team work.
The full WeDo curriculum pack helps build Science, Engineering and Maths knowledge while incorporating technology across your everyday lessons.
With WeDo, you get an easy-to-use, classroom-ready solution that enables you to deliver motivational learning experiences that meet curriculum targets with instant success.
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We were honoured to host Hayley Todesco, Google Science Fair winner, earlier this week at our HQ in Billund, Denmark.
Hayley came to talk to us about her award-winning project ‘Cleaning up oil sands waste.’
It was a delight to hear all about the project that won Hayley the 17-18 age category in the Google Science Fair last year.
Her project involved designing, constructing and testing the effectiveness of sand filters newly applied as bioreactors to the biodegradation of toxic naphthenic acids.
Reductions in acid concentrations and development of large biofilms over three weeks revealed that these new bioreactors were fourteen times more efficient than batch bioreactor controls.
Application of these inexpensive and sustainable bioreactors could significantly accelerate the detoxification of oil sands tailings.
Watch Hayley’s full story below and learn more about the 2015 Google Science Fair.
… but sometimes it’s difficult for pupils to get started, or to find words that match their imagination.
StoryStarter is the award-winning helping hand which kick starts your pupils’ creativity and boosts their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
It meets the National Curriculum standards for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for Speaking & Listening and Reading & Writing.
Download our free Instant Success series of 10 activities to see just how easy it is to get started with creating and telling stories in the classroom.
- Illustrate Newton’s laws of motion
By providing an objective, allow pupils to design, build and programme a robot that can demonstrate how each law works, describing how force is applied in each example
- Compare the differences in potential energy vs kinetic energy and test efficiency
Discuss potential energy and have the class build various LEGO systems that display each form of kinetic energy. Work on efficient energy solutions by designing a system to lift an object with the least energy input possible
- Demonstrate how renewable energy can generate electricity
Pupils can build and programme an experiment in which they collect and analyse data from a LEGO wind turbine to optimise the turbine’s placement and reactions to its environment in order to maximise efficiency and energy output
- Define and identify simple machines and mechanical advantage
Using one robot, pupils can build different attachments that utilise a lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw and then create a robot that acts as a compound machine
- Observe waves, vibrations and thermodynamics with sensors
Using a light sensor, pupils can observe the frequency of robot motion either whilst driving or being suspended on a string. Using a sound sensor, pupils can create sound waves at different frequencies. Using a temperature sensor, pupils can design a system that will cool down hot liquid the fastest
If you have any questions as to how LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 can help you in the classroom, you can Tweet us @LEGOEducationUK using #askLEGOed
“The children achieved everything we thought they would. They were happy and focussed. Their confidence increased as they progressed through the three activities.” Linda Graham, Teacher.
LearnToLearn has been developed by teachers, for teachers. It introduces you to LEGO Education and gives a taste of how the LEGO brick ignites learning in the classroom.
It has been specifically designed to show educators how to effectively use LEGO bricks across areas of the curriculum within science, literacy, maths, social studies, design and engineering and enables you to teach the LEGO Education way.
Not all maths problems have only one solution and often there are multiple ways of finding the right answer.
Similarly, when pupils are doing maths, they use a variety of learning styles to help them solve the task at hand.
MoreToMaths enables pupils to create solutions for maths problems using simple LEGO models. It inspires learning whilst still clearly showing the maths in focus through real-world connections.
Take a look what Ollie, aged 5, thinks of MoreToMaths …
Lisa Biggin and Dr. Rene Lydiksen officially open the Ayresome LEGO Education Innovation Studio
We were treated to a great day by the Head, Teachers and Pupils at Ayresome Primary School in Middlesbrough last week.
Managing Director, Dr. Rene Lydiksen, was very proud to be invited along to speak at the opening of the schools’ LEGO Education Innovation Studio:
“I’d personally like to thank Headteacher Lisa Biggin, Director of Education Phil Ainsley and all of the teachers and children at Ayresome Primary School for such a warm welcome. Ayresome is not just a wonderful school. It really sits at the heart of the community in Middlesbrough. It is a great example of the positive impact superb leadership can have on the pupils, the teachers and the wider community.”
Here’s some press coverage from the day…
Read the full Ayresome story here.