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Building passion with Lego Robotics

Kids may now solve some of the biggest problems related to waste, recycling and renewable engineering by playing with Lego blocks.

The Ardoch Youth Foundation has launched its Lego Robotics program, aiming to inspire students who are what founder Isobel Michael describes as “the next generation of scientists and engineers”.

Michael said: “We all know, and there is so much evidence coming out to show, that science, technology, engineering and maths are the future and we need to invest in the learning for all children in Australia. We need to get their interest from a very early age.”

The Lego program challenges children as young as 6 to answer questions such as How do we promote recycling? How do we use our resources most efficiently? and ‘How do we deal with enormous amounts of waste we are generating in the world?”

The program re-enacts real-life scenarios through a challenge board, on which kids use robots to pick up Lego, which act as ‘waste’. Michael agrees that the program, which is equipped with motor skills, problem-solving skills and creativity, is “connecting students to science and maths learning – what is going to give them opportunities” in the future.

“These kids can come up with ideas that the professionals haven’t even thought about because they’re looking at it from a different perspective,” she said.

Lego Robotics has been implemented across a number of schools in Australia, including Mahogany Rise Primary School, Aldercourt Primary School and Seaford Park Primary school.

This program is being funded by Real Needs, the community grants program of Real Insurance.

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