School Builds Love of Science One LEGO Block at a Time
Community invited to celebrate student-built robots and more at Martin Luther King Jr. School’s ‘LEGO Night’
At Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School, students are building their math, science and engineering skills through LEGOs, thanks to a $2,500 grant that supplied the school with enough of the colorful plastic blocks to support several programs.
“LEGOs provide a fun way for students to learn important skills that are the building blocks of a quality education in math and science,” says Principal Reginald Brown. “Students are acquiring problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills vital to success in school.”
To celebrate the students’ many accomplishments, the school is hosting a LEGO Community Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18. MLK is located at 480 Little River Way, Sacramento, CA 95831. Neighbors and families are invited to play with LEGOs and learn about the school’s many LEGO-related initiatives.
MLK is unique in that it has a FIRST LEGO League Robotics team for fifth- through eighth-graders, a We Bot Robotics program for second, third and fourth graders and an after-school LEGOs club. The school also works with the robotics team at John F. Kennedy High School for extra LEGOs support.
The application for the school’s grant was written by Denise Watts, who coaches MLK’s robotics team. “Kids love robots and they love to see the practical application of their ideas,” she says. “Plus, LEGOs are fun.”