Walker Elementary students learn with Legos (VIDEO)

Walker students

Walker Elementary fifth-graders Jacob Sullivan, Joseph Martin and Giovanni Morales were the first to build a mixer during the after-school "Bricks 4 Kidz" session Wednesday afternoon at Walker Elementary.

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM.

CRESTVIEW — When most Walker Elementary school students headed home after school on Wednesday afternoon, 41 kids stayed on campus to learn more about mechanics.

Teacher Michelle Williams gave a brief lesson on how to operate a kitchen mixer. The lesson showed students how gears work together with the motor for it to function.

Then, students paired into small groups of eight. Each group had a Lego set with an instruction booklet that showed students how assemble a mixer. 

Upon hearing Williams’ instructions, the students got right to work. The first group to finish a Lego mixer included fifth-graders Joseph Martin, Giovanni Morales and Jacob Sullivan. After completion, the boys aided other groups.

Each group received permission to play with the Lego sets after it completed a task. As a reward, teachers passed out miniature Lego men for the kids to play with.

Bricks 4 Kidz is a fee-based, after-school program with meetings every Wednesday afternoon at the school. Parents pay $10 per session for their kids to attend.

"We have only been doing this program for about a month," said Williams, whose kindergartner and third-grader also participate. "It allows the students to expand their learning in the classroom."

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