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Lufkin students learn science and math with the help of legos

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Brick by brick students in various Lufkin and Nacogdoches ISD schools are learning through the use of legos.

The Bricks 4 Kidz after school program is five years-old and the East Texas area is just one of the newest places it has caught on. There are over 400 franchises in the program across the globe.

"If we didn't come here today, we wouldn't have learned," Brookhollow student Blake Morgan said.
"We wouldn't have known about the fun experiences."

The program was started last spring by Erin Lopez and Lufkin ISD teacher Jennie Freeman.

Lopez said the program offers students a nontraditional way to learn what is in the textbooks that they read every day.

"All of our lessons have STEM principles built in, which are science technology, engineering and math," Lopez said. "So every lesson has some aspect of STEM built in, so kids are actually picking up lessons over the technology and engineering. "

And the students agree.

"It's better because mostly it takes a long time to read a book," Brookhollow student Nicole Weiss said.

"It's really creative and I like playing with it and watching it move," Brookhollow student Sean Hale said.

"We had to work in a team," Brookhollow student Kathryn Teague said. I had to learn how to do team works and how it feels."

"You can't just read a book about it," Brookhollow student Emily Rivera said. "You actually get to experience how it works."

Within an hour the legos change from being individual pieces to becoming moving science experiments and the students can't wait to come back next week for harder challenges.

The program is offered in several Lufkin schools and is starting up in two Nacogdoches schools. Bricks 4 Kidz also has summer camps for all school ages and offers a fun learning experience away from the classroom.

To learn more about the group click here.

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