The Benefits of Engaging with The LEGOs

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“LEGOs.”

We are pretty sure that you know this term well. In case you don’t, this image can help you out-

benefits of LEGOs

A bunch of LEGO bricks

As you can see from the image, LEGOs are nothing but building bricks that players can use to build various things (including robots, small toys, and others) from scratch itself. A guide usually comes with the set, but players can improvise if they want to improve on their builds.

LEGOs are a highly engaging and innovative plaything for students who are enthusiastic enough to adopt the DIY (Do-it-yourself) culture for their individual benefits. In this article, we’ll discuss the different benefits of engaging with LEGOs in precise detail. So let’s begin.

The different subject areas accessed by LEGO-work

LEGO kits (such as the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, the Lego WeDo kit, etc.) can be used by students to make avant-garde pieces of robots through a systematic following of instructions (tons of tutorials are available on the internet) and improvisations.

Here’s a case in point-

LEGO robot hand

A simple robot made from the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit

Some of the major subjects accessed as a result of such activities are:

  • Mathematics:

 Whether you are aware of it or not, LEGO engagements involve a whole lot of mathematics in its specified activities.

These usually include the application of geometry and coordinate geometry in LEGO robot-building activities.

  • Robotics:

LEGOs and robotics go hand in hand with one another.
Who doesn’t want to build a robot of his/her own? Most students do, and the LEGO Mindstorms kits give them a platform to do so in a unique way.

  • Physics:

The center of gravity, an integral part of Physics, plays a significant role in determining the overall efficiency of the robot. Get it right to get an efficient robot.

  • Mechanics:

Robot building is all about putting parts of a robot together. Such tasks involve a whole lot of mechanics in it; something that’s more than capable of benefiting a student in the long run.

Engaging with the LEGOs: The benefits

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  1. LEGO activities help to promote engineering through fun and games

The main objective of engaging with the LEGO blocks/bricks is to build something extraordinary, right out of the ordinary.

Want to build a robotic hand with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit? It’s as easy as a piece of cake now, thanks to the power of the internet.

Similarly, you will be able to make a number of other pieces the use of the kit with a bit more improvisation, imagination and technical knowledge (that you can gather from the internet LEGO forums). A few examples are depicted below:

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A few of the finest robots made from the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit

Hands-on robot-building activities, thanks to the magic of the LEGO kits, can definitely help to promote your engineering knowledge for good. And the best thing about this is the fact that you may not even realize that you are learning something helpful while having fun at the same time.

If this is not a benefit; what is?

  1. LEGO helps to inculcate programming knowledge in students

The importance of coding in today’s world can never be ignored. The earlier you start, the better it’s going to be.

LEGO robot-building activities can help to introduce the perfect programming knowledge to students (having no prior idea of programming) in a fun and effective manner. This is definitely one of the biggest upsides of LEGOs that’s seldom matched by anything else.

  1. LEGO activities can help to inculcate a critical problem-solving mentality in students

Engaging with the LEGOs can help to encourage a student to think on his/her own. S/He will be compelled to find the shortest solution to a problem; a trait that’s more than capable of benefiting him/her in real life.

LEGO activities can also teach a student to break down complex problems into smaller manageable chunks. Such critical problem-solving skills can go a long way in their career.

A few worthy mentions…

  • LEGOs can help to promote creativity in students.
  • They can also help in the quicker development of fine motor skills in autistic students.
  • LEGO activities can help to bring the children and the parents together. If this is not a benefit, we seriously don’t know what is.

So that’s it then. It’s time we bring this to a close for now. Hope you had a useful and an enlightening read. Ciao!

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A post by Sudipto Das (6 Posts)

Sudipto Das is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely his/her own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.
Sudipto writes technical content occasionally on a variety of niches and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. Connect with him on mail at sudipto@brishti.in

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