Awesome Engineers LEGO Enrichment Day
Awesome Engineers Ltd can provide a day of LEGO workshops, each typically lasting for 1 lesson or 1 hour, adjusted to fit your school timetable. These may be all aimed at one age band (KS1, KS2 lower or KS2 higher) or may be a mixture of these. Models available include a balloon propelled car, working windscreen wipers, weighing scales and a wind turbine. All models move, some are motorised.
Each workshop consists of an introduction to our LEGO sets, a visual presentation of the concepts demonstrated in the chosen model, a ‘build-time’ where students complete their models according to pictorial instruction sheets, followed by worksheets based on the models, finishing with the opportunity to extend the models, encouraging creativity and imagination. This often produces some great photo opportunities! The session finishes with a review of models, followed by packing away the sets.
Curriculum areas covered by these models include forces, properties of materials, counting, balance, symmetry, shape, pulleys and ratios. More information on the ways we work with schools may be found on our website.
- Develops motor skills and dexterity
- Improves spatial awareness, peripheral vision, concentration, focus and much more
- Encourages creative thinking
- Develops the ability to analyze engineering challenges
- Stimulates an interest in science and engineering
- Builds self-confidence
- Strengthens social aptitude by developing communication and interpersonal skills
- Expands horizons and inspires curiosity
- Great for special needs such as ADHD, PDD, Autism, vision and hearing impaired as well as intellectually gifted children’s programs
- Arithmetic – Due to the calculations required to understand the dynamics of the different components, the instructor has the opportunity to teach mathematics, starting at counting, measuring, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, extending to symmetry, geometry and various other topics.
- Famous Scientific and Philosophical figures – different models open opportunities to introduce Archimedes, Sir Isaac Newton, Einstein, Bernoulli etc. and how their theories or discoveries relate to our lives today through the models constructed.
- Powers and principles in physics – Gravity, Newton’s laws of motion, centrifugal and centripetal forces, moments of inertia, potential energy, green energy, lift, drag and thrust, centre of gravity, fulcrum, load division, energy efficiency, angular momentum and more.
The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.
Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||13 September 2017|
|Last modified||13 September 2017|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Design and technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Science|
|Running times||1-4 hours|
Cost £400-£800 depending on duration and distance