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LEGOS are used as a teaching tool in one Farmington Elementary classroom

FES student Elijah Koudelka, 8, gets to use LEGOS as part of his classroom education.

LEGOS. Everyone has had them, everyone has played with them at one time or another. But at Farmington Elementary School, LEGOS are also being used for educational purposes.

LEGOS are an everyday activity for the students in Sue McGill's classroom. The students spend some of their time building creations -- airplanes, rocket launchers, ships and just about everything else -- as part of their curriculum.

McGill and educational assistant Nick Davis encourage the students to build these new creations, too.

"All of them have such an incredible sense of imagination," McGill said.

But besides helping to expand their imaginations, McGill uses the LEGOS to teach things like cooperation, socializing skills, team building, and even fine-tuning motor skills.

In December, one of the creations was put on display in a showcase at FES. That was pretty cool, McGill said, because her students got a lot of positive recognition from their peers.

"I think it was an incredible boost to their self confidence," she said.

Ask the students if they would be willing to tear down their LEGO base, and the reactions are mixed -- two say they're not interested, one would like to try something different.

Though the teachers find there are subtle benefits in using the LEGOS as an educational tool, to the students, it's simply not that complicated.

"I have a very creative imagination," fourth grader David Paul Iung said. "LEGOS are so much fun."

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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