DCU offers Lego workshops for variety of ages

DCU Innovation workshops are designed to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills. Image Credit: DCU

Dublin City University are now offering Lego workshops for all ages in their newly built Lego Innovation studio situated on St. Patricks Campus, Drumcondra.

The ‘Learnit’ Academy will use this interactive learning hub to carry out workshops for children, teenagers, families, children with special needs and for over 55’s. The studio was designed to be a fun, flexible and interactive learning environment that all ages can enjoy.

These workshops are designed to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills. They aim to help people in a future where innovation, originality and the ability to work with others is vital.

DCU’s head of digital learning programs, Professor Deirdre Butler, said she believes the workshops have “the potentials to transform how we, children and adults alike, learn and engage with the science and technology that surrounds us every day.”

The Studio aims to provide a new generation of teachers and learners who are curious and confident to engage with different types of technologies which surround us every day.

The program also promotes STEM subjects in schools and makes them more practical and easier for students to understand.

Since beginning, just under 70,000 children have attended workshops run by the ‘Learnit’ Academy with over 500,000 LEGO bricks being used every summer.

Ross Maguire, the founder of the ‘Learnit’ Academy and a partner of DCU’s Institute of Education said “the importance of STEM Education cannot be underestimated”. He said that the hands-on workshops will help participants develop problem solving, design, collaboration, coding skills and much more.

The ‘Learnit’ Academy are the only official partner of Lego Education in Ireland. Learnit runs after school classes throughout the country as well as holding workshops in the DCU studio.

Ciara O’Loughlin

Image Credit: DCU