Children’s Blog

Family Cooking Club!

Last night 10 families participated in our first ever Family Cooking Club! This month we perfected our cupcake-decorating skills, it was fun and tasty! Stay tuned for the next session!! If you missed out on the fun, here's a link to some of the recipes and decoration tips we used!

 

                                 (practicing our piping skills)

 

                                 (the finished products... a snowman and a cup of cocoa)

 

 

LEGO bricks build better mathematicians

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"A study carried out by the University of Derby has found that LEGO plays a vital role in the development of maths skills in children."

Read more at the University of Derby, UK.

 

December Workshop video

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Filmed by the participants:

Our first LEGO Science Workshop

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Our first LEGO Science Workshop was a big success! Our group of 20 enthusiastic budding scientists built and programmed a couple of mechanical dancing birds. In the process, we learned about pulleys, the mechanics of belt drives, crown gears, gearing up and gearing down, and programming logic.

Watch this space for more videos of the event.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services

Scratch

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One of the things we discussed in today's LEGO Science Workshop was the programming language Scratch, which was developed at MIT for teaching easy programming concepts. Many of you may already be familiar with it through your child's school, but just in case you're not, the software is freely available at:
 
 
The LEGO software we use in the workshops is very similar to Scratch in its use of "drag and drop" icons. In fact, one may even use Scratch to program the LEGO WeDo components.
 
If anyone is interested in purchasing a WeDo set for home use, you can find them at the LEGO Education website.

November 17 registration LEGO Science Workshop

Just a reminder that registration for our first LEGO Science Workshop begins on Monday, November 17. You may register online or in the Children's Room.
 
The first workshop will be on Monday, December 8 at 3:30pm in the Storytime Room, and continue on the second Monday of every month. Children in grades 2-5 are welcome to register.
 
Please see our LEGO Science blog for more information.