Inspring a Love to Technology through LEGO Bricks

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Building a technical future, brick-by-brick.

Saturday, dozens of middle school girls, ages 9 through 13, gathered in Holyoke to learn how to build LEGO robots as part of the “Girls Connect” initiative.

The program is meant to help peak girls interest in computing and technology.

“One of the things we found is that if they don’t have that early exposure, they kind of hang back in computing and engineering and sometimes the boys are so enthused that they can take over, so we design events like this so girls to really give them a chance to have their own space and to really spend time with the technology on their own,” notes project manager Renee Fall.

Girls who have attended past events have gone on to compete in “First LEGO league”, which encourages inspiration and recognition of science and technology.

  • alpinequeen

    Tinkertoys of the 21st century. Of course, simple robot bodies can be built from wood, sheet metal or plastic and give the builder extra experience in making a robot rather than sticking expensive plastic bricks together.