Skilled To Work: Legos help Mt. Vernon Elementary students code

Students at Mount Vernon Elementary School are learning about pollination and coding with the help of Legos and iPads.

Posted: Feb 11, 2019 5:19 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The building blocks of our childhood are being used to help kids learn to code.

In a recent lesson, first and fifth-grade students at Mt. Vernon Elementary School used Legos and iPads to learn about bees and pollination. 

"I just love that it's not reading, writing, and arithmetic anymore, that our curriculum involves all the pieces," teacher Tami Dillon said. "I love that they're getting to work with fifth grade. That it's not just I'm stuck in my classroom with my kids, who I love and adore, but I get to work with fifth graders too. And the fifth graders and first graders are learning so much from each other."

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