We like what this article has to say. It’s not an article about the latest app that can enhance the way kids learn. It’s about the trusty old plastic toys called Legos, and how kids are engaging their brains to think when they're using their hands to build.
According to Tracy Huziak-Clark, an associate professor of science education at Bowling Green State University, hands-on activities have the potential to engage students in ways traditional teaching methods may not. We have always been huge advocates for hands-on learning; it’s what our books are all about, so we’re of course happy to know that these types of activity are fueling after-school STEM programs.
To kick off Black History Month, here’s a quote from W.E.B Du Bois, a scholar, activist and the first African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, on what it means to be a soul divided in America. He speaks here to the “American Negro” in the early 1900s, but his words reverberate even into today, for all of us of any color, race, sex, and religion. He talks about merging his Negro soul with his American soul, and explains that the coexistence of the two is what he wants, not the denial of one or the other. When we are allowed to let all of what makes us “us”—our race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.—we do indeed gain access to our better and truer selves.