HENDERSON — On Saturday, April 2, Turning Point CDC hosted a LEGO Day for students at the Creating Success Education Center. Children from preschool to eighth grade participated in several activities, including LEGO robotics, a joint building project and the creation of 3D forms.
The program was presented as part of the STEAM Dreams program at the Turning Point CDC and hosted in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension.
LEGO Day was an opportunity for students to test their creativity in an inclusive setting. “Our minds can master any task presented as long as we have the tools to accomplish it,” said Aqueria Hargrove, director of educational programs.
Students were able to experiment, invent and move robots through coding. NC Cooperative Extension taught each student how to build the LEGO base, add the batteries, and place the different body parts on the robot. Once the students finished building the robots, they were able to connect the robots to the computer’s bluetooth.
Students were then able to use different codes to tell the robots to talk, move forward, back, turn around, and more. At the end of the program, the students gave a demonstration and re-enactment for their families.
They also worked to create 3D shapes using LEGO. The students used the LEGOs to build a spring image in 30 minutes. It challenged them to use different sized LEGOs to create an everyday image. The students completed the complete image in 3D form and worked in teams to obtain the materials they needed.
Creating Success After School is for K-12 students and takes place at Turning Point Community Development Corp’s Creating Success Education Center. Turning Point CDC is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in partnership with Oasis of Hope Ministries, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the continued development, transformation, and empowerment of communities in Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin in North Carolina. Chalis Henderson is Executive Director.