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Newcastle-under-Lyme College officially opens LEGO® Education Innovation Studio

12th February 2016

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has teamed up with LEGO® Education to officially open a new £70,000 LEGO® Education Innovation Studio.

The Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Councillor Sandra Hambleton had the honour of officially opening the facility at an unveiling ceremony on Friday 12th February.  She was joined by representatives from LEGO® Education, local primary and secondary schools, corporate partners, college staff and Governors.   As well as witnessing the official ribbon cutting, guests were invited to join NULC and LEGO® Education staff for a morning of informative talks and interactive demonstrations.

The College initially invested over £60,000 into purchasing brand new state-of-the-art LEGO® Education kits with an aim to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and computer programmers.  It has since invested a further £10,000 in bringing its overall vision to life with a brand new studio refurbishment.  As well as being utilised by existing NULC students, the plan is to open the facility out to primary and secondary schools in the local area for LEGO® Education taster sessions.

Karen Dobson, Principal & Chief Executive at the College said: “We’ve made a significant investment in the LEGO® Education Innovation Studio to give our students and those of local schools a truly unique and innovative environment in which to learn.  We are extremely proud to be one of only a handful of institutions in the UK to have a facility of this type.” 

Andy Snape, Assistant Head of Faculty and LEGO® Innovation Studio Manager said: “We are using the resources on a wide range of courses at NULC from entry-level courses through to Level 3 Extended Diplomas along with AS and A Levels too. Our main focus is targeting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) and Literacy based courses but since initially trialling the concept, we have found lots of new ideas to incorporate kit into other subject areas too. In addition we are targeting students to develop their 'soft-skills' of teamwork and communication, developing them to be more employable when they progress on from the College”.

LEGO® Education Innovation Studio sessions are available to primary and secondary school students every Wednesday during term time in the LEGO® Innovation Studio and as well as these sessions, corporate clients can utilise the studio for activities such as team building workshops.

Andy continued: “The resources available in the studio support a wide range of abilities and curriculum areas. We wanted to enrich our curriculum and enhance our lesson delivery using exciting and innovative teaching methods and we found that LEGO® Education offers the products and support to do just that.”

If you’d like to learn more about the LEGO® Innovation Studio at NULC please visit: www.nulc.ac.uk/lego or to enquire about booking a session, email legostudio@nulc.ac.uk.

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