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Lego Teaches Important Lessons

Jonathan Rose

Pretty much everyone has either played with or heard of Legos at some point in their life, and we can all remember waking up on Christmas morning a unwrapping the new Lego set we had wanted all year. However, only a few people actually know about Lego’s unique history. The brand was created in 1932 by a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk who began making wooden toys for children. The classic plastic brick toys that we all know and love today first were first introduced in 1958, almost 27 years after the company’s beginning.

One of the most amazing things about this innovative company is Lego Education. It focuses on teaching students and teachers through five different modes of learning: visual, auditory, language, and kinesthetic.

Lego Education started in 1980, to “help inspire preschool, elementary, middle school, and after-school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, computer science, math, and the humanities,” according to promotional materials.
The Lego Education unit believes that, through building children’s skills and overall knowledge, they will help them succeed through adulthood.

One of the people who helps deliver this experience is Layne Rainey, a Lego Education consultant. “My favorite thing about my job is that Lego is such a great company to work for; they're really all about family time,” he said.

Today at Metropolitan State University, all of the participants got the opportunity to listen to six different accomplished journalists, interview a Lego Education Consultant, and write and publish an article on YourHub.com/NextGen. A few of the journalists that everyone got the chance to encounter were, Laurence Washington, Kip Wotkyns, and Dana Coffield. The group later met with Layne Rainey. Soon after, each individual team of kids got to present everything they had done and experienced today.

“I thought it was very fun and innovative,” said Hannah Grober.