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Lego in the school; it’s not impossible!

Lego was born in Denmark, but by today, it has conquered the whole world. It is a toy that is popular with kids and adults alike, but it can also function as a serious development tool.

 

The history of Lego

 

The brand name Lego comes from the Danish expression “leg godt”, which means ‘play up’. When the founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, who was working as a carpenter, invented the name, little did he know that the word also has a Latin meaning, which is also suitable for the toy designed by him: it means ‘put together’, ‘share’, ‘convey’.

 

The first 4x2 cm cube was made in 1958, and it can still be joined to any model produced today as the single elements are made with perfect, two thousandths of a millimetre precision.

 

Lego, the tool of the modern world

 

Today’s modern European educational directives increasingly promote, besides the traditional formal educational methods, the incorporation of non-formal educational elements in educational activities. It is now recognised that beyond lexical knowledge, it is also essential to develop skills and for this reason, Lego is employed more and more often in education. Lego as an educational tool and method aims to improve logical thinking, adaptability, strategical thinking and creativity. 

 

In Hungary, initially, 100 schools plan to introduce the educational method based on the Danish company’s toy. The government has signed a cooperation agreement with Lego in order to help children acquire programming skills, Mathematics and foreign languages with the help of the building blocks.

 

The Lego Education is committed to the education of the future generation. The company which has been producing building blocks for 58 years believes that with their education method that is based on the game experience, they can contribute to the improvement of the children’s problem solving skills and though this, they will find it easier to acquire the necessary skills. Besides this, the method will help the development of creativity. Assumedly, children will become more motivated to learn as they will use games to acquire knowledge. Moreover, besides knowledge, they will gain competences with which they will become more competitive at the labour market. The aim of this educational directive is to call attention to playful teaching and learning.

 

One of the preconditions of the use of Lego in schools is that the teachers also familiarise themselves with the method. For this reason, they can receive a training as they have to get to know a special methodology that is not yet known in the Hungarian education system.  

 

Mónika Holczer

 

Translated by Judit Molnár

 

Pictures: Flickr (Bill Ward, Tim Herrick, woodleywonderworks)

Published: Thu, 28/09/2017 - 15:06


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