Libraries in our borough are among the first in the UK to link up with LEGO to provide fun, educational activities for children.
From September (2015), children will be bringing their very own creations to life at a new LEGO Club at Hanwell Library.
LEGO Education has joined forces with Cultural Community Solutions, which runs the borough’s libraries on behalf of Ealing Council, to help to build up children’s skills and use computing to bring the classic construction bricks to life in an educational, but fun, way.
During the summer there were taster sessions held at libraries across the borough.
The club will run weekly for children aged eight and above. Under the guidance of LEGO-trained staff, the children will take part in activities and workshops that are designed to stretch their imagination and boost their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as developing their understanding of computing and design technology.
They can use bricks and other specially created LEGO items to create their own stories. They build scenes with the brightly coloured interlocking bricks, along with rope and elastic bands and figurines Max and Mia. They can then set them in motion with gears, axles and pulleys and use special software to capture their tales scene by scene – and then watch them back. It has been found that this type of storytelling can be a useful way to improve literacy and increase confidence in communicating, as well as stimulating the children’s imagination and creativity by asking them to come up with new ideas and build a sequenced tale.
It costs £2.50 per session for library members, or £4 for non-members. The first set of LEGO Club sessions have sold out, but more are being planned for later in the year.
As well as the weekly clubs, LEGO and our libraries are also offering school visit days so classes can take advantage of the sessions. And it is planned to start offering LEGO parties.
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