R.E.A.L Schools takes on a learning approach that is uniquely different to provide our students with unparalleled, quality education. One of the methods of this approach is the implementation of active learning which teaches our students to use their senses to gain information. Recently, R.E.A.L Schools National of Shah Alam Campus held its annual LEGO Challenge Day (LCD) which focuses on encouraging students’ interest and participation in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or ‘STEM’.
This yearly initiative inspires students of the tech-savvy generation to be inventors and critical thinkers without forgetting the cultivation of core values such as character. Thus, this latest edition of the LCD shines the spotlight on current environmental concerns and raises awareness on ways to preserve Mother Nature through the use of technology. The code name of this year’s LCD challenge was ‘Trash Trek’, which highlights the concept of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ or simply the 3Rs in short.
Creativity is also recognized in R.E.A.L Education as a trait that should be fostered in every learner, regardless of age. Thus, to induce creativity within our students while simultaneously promoting the 3Rs, students were presented with green concept competitions and tasks such as inventing their own trash management system which includes trash vehicles, trash sorting machines and trash compactors that leverages on natural means (air compression) as a source of energy. There was an additional ‘Open Category’ this year in which students were required to programme their robots to collect trash within a designated competition area.
In essence, LCD is an extension of classroom learning. The goal is to think of more out-of-the-box solutions to a simple problem, while giving students the opportunity to apply engineering concepts to actual working models during the competition. Every child would learn how to assemble gear and pulley systems, as well as apply pneumatic and scientific principles to a working, physical mechanism. This unique approach is in support of robotics and technology efforts that seek to inspire and motivate students to excel in STEM education. Since 2010, R.E.A.L Schools has developed its teaching of ICT with a focus on a more dynamic, hands-on approach based on the LEGO Education framework.