LEGO Education

Mrs. DomenkMeet Mrs. Domenk

I am pleased to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and welcome you to KTEC’s LEGO Education Program.  I joined the KTEC team in 2012 and taught 2nd grade for three years.  In 2016, I moved into my new role as KTEC’s 4K through 5th-grade STEM LEGO Teacher.

I truly believe a good learning experience is built on a cooperative effort among parents, children, and their teachers.  I look forward to working with your child this quarter and watching them grow with our LEGO Education program.

Mrs. Domenk (Doe-mink)

LEGO Education Science and Technology

LEGO Education Science and Technology solutions enable young children to behave as young scientists, by providing them with tools and tasks that promote scientific inquiry. Using our solutions, children are encouraged to pose ‘What if …?’ questions. They make predictions, test the behavior of their models, and then record and present their findings.

LEGO Education follows the 4 C’s processConnect to a story, Construct a model, Contemplate its function, and Continue improving its design.

Lego early structures setKindergarten: Early Structures

Gives students a tangible understanding of how basic everyday structures such as bridges, towers, and walls work while also sparking curiosity about the exciting world of engineering.   Students learn the basics of building solid, stable structures.  Concepts include balance within structures, ways of building structures, and stability.  They also explore basic structures such as towers, bridges, and walls.  They use Duplo bricks and learn about weight distribution, under lapping and overlapping, levers, hinges, buttresses, suspension cables, pulleys and axles.

Early Simple Machines Lego set1st Grade: Early Simple Machines

Young students build fun and simple models using colorful elements such as a seesaw, rolling vehicle, spinning top, raft, and many more. By playing with and manipulating the models, children experience pulleys, levers, gears, and wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Students will be working with gears and learning the principles of gearing up, gearing down, and how worm gears and crown gears are used.  Most of the models we build in class have a moving component that students experiment or query with.

2nd Grade LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0

LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 is developed to engage and motivate elementary students’ interest in learning science- and engineering-related subjects. This is done through the use of motorized LEGO® models and simple programming. WeDo 2.0 supports a hands-on, “minds on” learning solution that gives students the confidence to ask questions and the tools to find the answers and to solve real-life problems.

Students learn by asking questions and solving problems. This material does not tell students everything they need to know. Instead, it makes them question what they know and explore what they do not yet understand.

3rd – 4th Grade: Simple & Motorized Mechanisms

The kit size doubles, as well as the amount of time it may take for students to complete their builds. Students perform real science experiments with objective, record-able data. Students make predictions and conclusions for each experiment.

Students investigate everything from basic mechanical principles to advanced motor-powered machines while also acquiring key insights in science, engineering, and technology. They will build and explore machines and mechanisms, investigate motorized machines, calibrate and capture wind, and study gearing mechanisms.

Renewable Energy helps students explore solar, wind, and water energies.  They will investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion, and consumption; and use measurements and data analysis to describe and explain outcomes through hands-on activities and exciting, real-life models.

5th Grade: EV3

Students engage in computer science, science, technology, engineering, and math.  Students build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology.  They are encouraged to brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop them through a process of selecting, building, testing, and evaluating. They build a robot using the “Robot Educator” model.  They move through a series of computer programming lessons and learn how to program their robot to complete multiple missions.