LEGO Education is the division of LEGO
Company that is dedicated to the field of teaching and
learning. LEGO Education develops learning concepts
that inspire students to use their creativity and innate
curiosity through experiencing things themselves. LEGO
Education’s learning concepts include teacher’s
guides and student materials that help you adapt your
teaching to meet official curricula. All LEGO Education
learning concepts are based on comprehensive scientific
Below are some frequently asked questions about LEGO Education :
For which age groups is LEGO Education most
LEGO Education is relevant for all
children six months and up. There are two main categories
of product – pre-school products and school products.
Why can’t LEGO Education’s
learning concepts be purchased in shops?
Our aim is to ensure that teachers
receive the best support and guidance possible when
they choose to use our products in class. This is why
LEGO Education’s learning concepts can only be
purchased from dealers that specialise in learning materials.
How do LEGO bricks help children to
develop their skills?
We remember things we learn as part
of an active, creative process better than things we
are told passively. We call this learning by making.
It is – quite simply – the best way to acquire
and improve skills. When children work with products
from LEGO Education, they also add to their own “knowledge
bank”, which corresponds to their particular level
What advantages do LEGO Education’s
learning concepts provide for teachers?
The teacher’s materials included
in both the school products and some of the pre-school
products provide teachers with inspiration and ideas
for projects that fit into the framework of national
curriculae. The student materials provide flexible guidelines
that help students progress on an individual basis.
What teachers achieve is higher levels of motivation
and involvement on the part of their students –
who learn more as a result.
What do LEGO Education’s learning
concepts give students that other materials cannot?
LEGO Education gives students a unique
combination of challenges and practical experiences that
are adapted to their particular level. When students
are challenged at just the right level, they become
involved in a step-by-step development process, in which
each step encourages them to continue to the next. This
is how children are motivated. When they create meaningful/recognisable
“works” with their own hands, they build
up experiences that they remember. LEGO Education’s
learning concepts give students motivation and lasting
experiences – which are the fundamental elements
in a good learning environment.
What is the main difference between
LEGO Education’s learning concepts and “ordinary”
LEGO Education’s products have
been developed specifically for learning, and the classroom
sets contain materials for teachers and students. The
teacher’s guides establish a framework for structured
class sessions and ensure that the class keeps to the
set curriculum. The materials give students a starting
point from which they can explore the creative learning
process. LEGO Education provides plenty of room
for variation in learning. The teacher’s guides
and the student materials do not contain rigid solutions
– they allow instruction to be adapted to meet
the needs of individual students.
Do the teacher’s guides and the student
materials really make a difference?
They certainly do. The teacher and
student materials contained in LEGO Education’s
unique learning concepts enable students to acquire
knowledge individually and help the teacher to adapt
instruction to meet the different developmental levels
of individual students. In this way, all children are
presented with specially adapted challenges that fit
their own level of skills at any given time.
Can LEGO Education’s learning
concepts be used for all subjects?
Yes. Our products are best suited to
maths, science, technology, and computer-related subjects, but they can
also be used to help teach biology, geography and languages.
One of the great strengths of our products is that they
can be used for different subjects. In fact, studies
have shown that even if our learning concepts are only
used in one subject, their effects have an impact on
the way students learn in others.
Are LEGO Education’s learning concepts
primarily for “gifted” students?
LEGO Education’s learning concepts
can be used by all students. In fact, one of the problems
that is most important to us is how best to reduce the
distance between the top and bottom of the class. This
distance is often the result of differences in the intellectual
skills of different students. For example, a student
might do very well in computer class, but find geography
rather difficult. We aim to make all students winners
as a result of using our learning concepts, which can
be adapted to meet the needs of individual students.
How can LEGO Education be certain
that the concepts promote effective teaching?
Our common sense tells us that children
learn best when they are engaged, motivated, having
fun and actively involved in solving problems through
play. Common sense, however, is not enough. We develop
our products in collaboration with teachers –
for teachers and students. All product development in
the LEGO Group is based on extensive research conducted
by us and by others – including Chicago University,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prestigious
research institutes working in the areas of children’s
motivation, cognitive abilities and creativity.
Why is it so important that students are
If children solve problems that are
too easy, they are not challenged and will not learn
anything. If children are asked to solve problems that
are beyond their abilities, they give up and will again
not learn anything. Yet, if the challenges and chances
of solving problems are at the right level – i.e.
if the students can only arrive at a solution by working
hard and exploring different possibilities – the
boundaries of their understanding will be extended,
and they will enter a positive learning cycle of challenges
What does “hard fun” mean?
When students are challenged enough
to feel success or satisfaction – but not so much
that they risk failing every time – then learning
is fun, but the kind of fun that you have to work for.
What do teachers think about LEGO
Education’s learning concepts?
The reports we have received from our
international dealers indicate that the teachers who
have used LEGO Education’s materials in class
are enthusiastic and view them positively. LEGO Education’s
learning concepts are developed in close collaboration
with teachers and children alike, and we are convinced
that our complete solutions make class interesting and
What do students think about LEGO Education’s
They’re crazy about them! Most
children know LEGO from playing at home, and although
LEGO Education’s products are different from LEGO
products sold in shops – in that the focused learning
process demands more of the students – the fact
that most children already know LEGO is an advantage.
Children are subconsciously aware that this kind of
learning knows no limits, and this makes them motivated
even before they begin.
How do LEGO Education’s learning
concepts relate to the curriculum?
The teacher’s guide and the student
materials relate LEGO Education’s products directly
to national curriculae and standards. The general nature
of the class sets makes them useful in many different
teaching situations, and the student materials ensure
that every class session is used to its full potential.
This means that LEGO Education materials can be used
across grades and subjects. The sets can be combined,
thereby lending inspiration and ideas to countless projects.
Are LEGO Education’s learning
concepts just toys?
No – and that is why they are
not sold in shops. LEGO Education sells professional
learning concepts that can only be used to the full
by trained teachers.
Are LEGO Education’s learning
concepts primarily for boys?
A student’s gender has no bearing
on learning – what’s most important is that
students are stimulated in the right way. In fact, experience
shows that girls understand better and become more interested
in themes once thought of as “boy subjects”
– such as physics and computer science –
when LEGO Education materials are used in the class.
How much time do LEGO Education’s
learning concepts take?
This varies considerably according
to the specific product. LEGO Educational Division’s
learning concepts were developed to be used in individual
class sessions and should be used as such. However,
some of the more complicated class sets require two
sessions. The teacher’s guides, which provide
suggestions for how much time to spend, are structured
to fill a class session – they include background
information, assignments and ideas for additional work.
What effect will using LEGO Education’s
learning concepts have on teachers and their methods?
The educational approach is based on
a dialogue between teacher and students. This means
that instead of the teacher just giving the answers,
the students are allowed to experience success by using
their abilities to explore a number of different solution
models. As a result, they acquire a deeper understanding
of the theory by gaining their own practical experience.
What does “teaching materials
without fixed solution models” mean?
Most problems have more than one solution.
LEGO Education’s learning concepts encourage students
to find their own creative solutions that develop their