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Jefferson School Receives Grant from Siemens to Implement LEGO® Education Sets

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Jefferson School Receives Grant from Siemens to Implement LEGO® Education Sets

 Katey McAuliffe at LEGO Training  Elizabeth Morales at LEGO Training

ROXBURY, NJ (June 6, 2019) – Jefferson Elementary School in Roxbury Township was recently selected to receive a grant from Siemens to purchase LEGO® Education sets to be used in the school’s Makerspace along with professional training on how to use them. This was all due thanks to the efforts of Jefferson’s Media Specialist Katey McAuliffe and Jefferson parent and Siemens employee, Elizabeth Morales. 

In an email to McAuliffe, Christine Baumann from the Siemens Corporation stated, “Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. We are also a firm believer in the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and bringing educational opportunities into our communities that create lasting value.” 

Using LEGO Education Sets at Training Adding, “As part of this commitment, Siemens is awarding more than $100,000 worth of LEGO® Education sets and professional training to 30 K-8 schools in the U.S. and your school has been selected from more than 150 submitted by Siemens employees. Siemens – and the employee who nominated your school, Elizabeth Morales – believe the LEGO® Education sets will further enable your school to provide students the opportunity to develop 21st Century skills and become lifelong learners.” 

The LEGO® Education sets are an educational tool specifically designed for creative classroom learning that provides hands-on experiences that stimulate communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Jefferson School received eight WeDo 2.0 Core sets while McAuliffe and Morales attended professional training by a LEGO® Master Trainer on May 8th. 

“These LEGO® Education sets are a wonderful and fun opportunity for young learners to explore STEM concepts in a new and exciting way,” said Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA. “At Siemens, we believe that giving students the opportunity to explore STEM at an early age with engaging, hands-on programs like this one can help spark a life-long interest in these important fields.” 

Jefferson Principal Melissa Cosgrove shared, “We are so excited to be receiving these materials for the students to work with in our Makerspace!” 

About Siemens in the U.S.

Siemens USA is one of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies. For more than 170 years, the company has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure.  In fiscal 2018, Siemens USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. 

About LEGO® Education Sets

LEGO® Education sets are different from sets you may find in your local big box store. These sets are specifically designed for the classroom and come with lesson plans aligned to national curriculum standards. The sets provide engaging, hands-on learning experiences to help students become lifelong learners. Winning schools receive multiple LEGO® Education sets and training by a LEGO® Master Trainer. 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Jefferson School)

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For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at arhodes@roxbury.org or 973-584-7699.

 

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