WINTER HAVEN | For 74 second-graders from Carlton Palmore Elementary School, a free field trip to Legoland Florida was fun, but for their teachers the excitement was about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics lessons the children were absorbing.
With the help of Legoland staff, students from the Lakeland school built alligators with LEGO bricks equipped with gears, levers, pulleys and sensors.
Using a laptop, students programmed the alligators to chomp their mouths complete with sound effects activated by motion sensors.
For the second year in a row, park officials offered free field trips to Polk County second-graders.
“There’s research that shows there is a decline in science and math between second and third grades and so we wanted to bring the second-graders in to show how learning can be fun,” said Legoland spokeswoman Samantha Lane.
This academic year, Legoland has introduced eight STEM- focused educational programs for students in kindergarten through sixth grade including curriculum using WeDo Robotics LEGO® Education Set.
After their lesson in the Imagination Zone with a Legoland education associate, the students were able to enjoy the rest of their day at the park.
Marlon Lynn, who chaperoned his daughter’s class, said the experience exceeded his expectations.
“It’s always fun to do hands-on activities with your kids,” said Lynn. “The kids love it.”
His 7-year-old daughter, Chloe, was excited that she got to work in teams with her classmates.
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