Students at Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School are bringing their creations to life, thanks to the LEGO STEM Program and a grant from the Distict 123 Educational Foundation. STEM Club and 8th grade students are using the LEGO programs to learn the basics of science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun way. Through the use of LEGOs, students build their object then code the project to move as instructed, taking learning out of the textbooks and literally into the hands of the student.
“Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School STEM club and 8th grade students would like to send a big thank you to the Educational Foundation for helping make our LEGO STEM program, lunch and LEGOs, and integrating LEGO education into our 8th grade curriculum possible! Students are loving problem solving with the LEGO robotics, architecture kits, wind turbines, and much more. Please enjoy the video highlighting these programs,” said Maggie Omiecinski, OLHMS Teacher.
Thanks to a grant from the Ed Foundation, supplies were provided for each LEGO Education set. The Education Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1991 through the good efforts of the School District and dedicated friends in the community. Its purpose is to attract private monies to fund and advance special innovative educational projects/programs that would not normally be supported by tax dollars. A community Board of Trustees governs the Foundation’s activities. Since its inception, over $200,000 has been contributed to the Educational Foundation. Funding for the foundation has been achieved through private and corporate donations, as well as through annual fundraising events including dinner dances, an annual golf outing, and family festivals.