New kids on the block

From learning mechanics to using robotics, some Peach Plains Elementary School students are doing more than playing with Lego blocks.
Krystle Wagner
Jan 17, 2013

The Peach Plains Lego Club gives the young students the chance to use computer software in concert with their creations.

For first-time club member Aashray Mandala, the after-school program provides time to fulfill his enjoyment of Lego fun.

“I love to play with Legos,” he said. “I like to see the way things work.”

The club was formed three years ago, growing from a dozen students to nearly 80 today. It has expanded to include club members as young as first grade, said Mark Pease, a parent who helped form the group.

Pease, an advanced technology manager at Stone Plastics, said the idea stemmed from the difficulty in finding good technical people to employ. He said it led him to thinking about schools not having the time or funding to pursue such activities.

Pease funded the purchase of Lego kits with the help of donations from local businesses.

As the club continues to grow, Pease said they now ask for $20 from each member to help fund the purchase of the Lego Education WeDo Robotics construction set kits, and the software and activity books to accompany them.

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