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Children's Discovery Museum introduces STEM skills to students using Lego technology

By Carolina Astrain
July 19, 2014 at 2:19 a.m.

Rylee Hunt, 9, of Lolita, sets up his Lego foot to kick the ball at the Lego Education WeDo Robotics camp at the Children's Discovery Museum in Victoria.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: The Children's Discovery Museum

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday

• WHERE: 204 N. Main St.

• COST: $5 per person; members and children under the age of 2 receive free admission.

Shouts of excitement could be heard from inside the Children's Discovery Museum this summer.

Twin brothers Luke and Michael Schaper raised their hands in the air, cheering on their team and shouting "goal."

A soccer player formed by Lego pieces moved back and forth in front of a goal post and soccer field made entirely of the multicolored, plastic toy pieces.

On a table in the same room, facing the main drag of downtown Victoria, students programmed the Legos for certain movements using computer software donated by the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation.

The foundation made a donation of $4,500 to the museum for the Lego camp equipment and programming, said Melissa Dixon, museum director.

"Thanks to program opportunities like these, we've been able to incorporate some science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills into these students' summer," Dixon said.

Tanya Wilkinson, who was hired in June to work as the museum's education coordinator, said she's excited to become a part of a new era of activity for the museum.

"We're going to be planning daily programming for our students each day of the week with a different theme," Wilkinson said.

Todd Valdes, a museum board member, said he was happy to see the alignment between the museum's Lego camp with the Victoria school district's focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM.

"This is a great summer program aimed at meeting the needs of our local industry," Valdes said.

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