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Children Learn Stem Concepts At WKCTC Extreme Lego Camps

Students working with lego blocksForty children from second to fifth grade have participated in Extreme Lego camps at West Kentucky and Technical College in the past two weeks as part of a Workforce Solutions outreach project in the Emerging Technology Center. The camps provided the students with a broad range of theme-based activities to help develop their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as language and literacy.

Next week, kindergarten through first grade students will have their turn to participate in fun and educational activities with an Extreme Lego camp in the Emerging Technology Center, July 26-30, 8:00 am. to 4:00 pm. The cost of the camp is $225; lunch and snacks will be provided.

The students will build fun and simple models like a seesaw, rolling vehicle, spinning top, raft, and many more. By playing with and manipulating the models, the students will experience pulleys, levers, gears, and wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance.

We want these children to learn and have as much fun as the other two groups, said Kevin ONeill, WKCTC continuing education coordinator. We can only take twenty and the camp is almost full, he said.

The curriculum was developed by the Lego Company and purchased for use in the camps, and the activities were designed specifically for each age group.

Bill Kunnecke, electronics design and math teacher at North Marshall Middle School, is the instructor for the camps. He is also the coordinator of the North Marshall Middle School Lego Robotics program. Kunnecke has hired his former students who participated in the Lego Robotics program to help with the camps.

Steven Maness, a freshman at Christian Fellowship this fall, is one of Kunneckes former students and camp assistant instructor. Maness is really excited about the opportunities for the kids in the Lego camps. I really would like to see the type of program in all the area elementary and middle schools, said Maness. After all, these are our engineers of tomorrow.

To register for the kindergarten-first grade camp call 270 534-3335. If slots are still available, registration can also take place on Monday, July 26, in the Emerging Technology Center before the activities begin.