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St. Agnes students Brooklynn Lee and Colbie Klimek concentrate on their invention at the Bricks 4 Kidz in-school field trip. (Contributed)1 / 4
Wyatt Green and Jack Petrich test their project to see if it works. It was part of the Bricks 4 Kidz in-school field trip at St. Agnes. (Contributed)2 / 4
McCarter Kirksey and Torie Hoeper work on their LEGO project as part of Bricks 4 Kidz. (Contributed)3 / 4
Sarah Wasson and Kiley Wruck test their color spinner that they built with LEGOS bricks. (Contributed)4 / 4

Students at St. Agnes School in Osakis enjoyed new fun with an old favorite: LEGO bricks.

The hands-on program, "Bricks 4 Kidz" involved children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

During an in-school field trip on Jan. 30, they learned how to build items using specially designed project kits and theme-based models.

The program, a first for the school, gave students the opportunity to apply knowledge and teamwork to build a product.

Using a LEGO's pattern, the students had fun working together to make an object, brick by brick — a bat, Christmas tree, paper crimper, elf, spider, Santa or art spinner.

They had to follow the directions precisely — and in order — to make an object work. If they didn't, the object didn't work as it should and they'd have to keep working together to come up with a solution.

"The program is valuable in that it gives students an opportunity to work on skills of cooperation, diligence and logic," said a St. Agnes teacher. "The format is fun and interesting for all students, and has allowed for the students to be really proud of their accomplishments."

The program provided lessons in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, known as STEAM, while encouraging creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork and following directions.

"The students learned how to follow a plan, work together, be patient and celebrate their success," said another teacher.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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