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Sickles Students Get a Hands-On Lesson in Engineering, Architecture

The third-graders built their own amusement park out of Legos.

Third graders at Viola L. Sickles School recently brought hands-on learning to a new level by building their own amusement park through an Exploratory Investigations Program. Credit: Fair Haven School District
Third graders at Viola L. Sickles School recently brought hands-on learning to a new level by building their own amusement park through an Exploratory Investigations Program. Credit: Fair Haven School District
A group of Victoria L. Sickles third-graders took hands-on learning to the next level by building their own Lego brick amusement park, according to a press release issued by the district.

The Bricks 4 Kidz project marks the program's first appearance at the Fair Haven school. Bricks 4 Kidz is a program designed to teach children the principles of engineering and architecture using Lego bricks.

The initial lesson, provided to all of the Sickles third-grade students, imparted a science concept that was demonstrated by a creation made with the Lego bricks. 
Next, students were invited to participate in hands-on building sessions with guidance provided by a Bricks 4 Kidz representative. Some 84 students elected to participate in these sessions, which were held in the Sickles Library over a period of five weeks and resulted in the completion of many intricate amusement park rides, according to the release.

"The third graders worked beautifully together in building and designing the amusement park," Exploratory Investigations Program Coordinator and District Supervisor for the Fair Haven School District Marion Carolan said in the release. "Through this program, they were able to problem-solve and gain an understanding of concepts in science."

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