LEGO Smart Contest Builds Problem Solvers
Calling all teachers, home educators, after-school program directors, and any other educators working with k-12 students – are your students LEGO smart? “Being LEGO® SmartTM is more than building with LEGO bricks. It’s having the ability to work in teams, solve problems, and create solutions. It means understanding key science, technology, engineering, and math concepts – not just on paper, but through demonstration.”
Lego Education is searching for 10,000 contestants to be a part of the 2010 Lego Smart Creativity Contest. The contest requires more than just building with LEGO bricks. Qualified contestants receive a free LEGO Smart Kit and must use the kit to complete an academic challenge project. The purpose of the challenge is to illustrate how LEGO bricks can be used to create valuable learning opportunities for students that will help develop them into creative problem solvers.
One grand prize winner will receive a LEGO Education gift Certificate and recognition as the 2010 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest winter valued at $500. Three first place winners will receive a LEGO Education Gift Certificate, LEGO bulk brick set and a LEGO smart gift valued at $250.
2009 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest grand prize winners were K-3 students completing a challenge projects entitled 100 Dots which taught critical thinking and problem solving skills while students practiced counting to 100. Using the LEGO Smart Kit students were challenged to build a creation that when viewed from above, showed exactly 100 LEGO dots.
How to Integrate LEGO Smart Creativity Contest in Your Classroom
What is considered one of the greatest toys in the world is now becoming one of the greatest educational manipulatives in the classroom. Browse last year’s LEGO Smart activities to get ideas for the challenge or simply learn how you can integrate LEGOs into your curriculum. Projects include every subject and content area including geography, science, math, social students and many more collaborative, engaging, and fun activities. The contest is an excellent way to build thoughtful, problem solvers and get your students working together to accomplish something great.
Preregistration: 12 a.m. CST, March 1, 2010 – 5 p.m. CST, July 30, 2010
Contest Entry: 12 a.m. CST August 2, 2010 – 5 p.m. CST December 3, 2010
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