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The LEGO Education Ambassador program champions educators across the U.S. who are reimagining the way students learn through the power of play
Billund, Denmark, 17 January 2024 – LEGO® Education today announced the 2024 cohort of its U.S. Ambassador Program recognizing educators nationwide who are leaders and advocates of teaching students through the power of play. LEGO Education Ambassadors are changemakers in early learning through middle school education inspiring and preparing students for their future with hands-on LEGO Education learning experiences.
Nearly all (98%) of K-8 students say purposeful play helps them learn and the majority (96%) of K-8 teachers believe it is more effective than traditional methods like lectures or textbooks, according to a LEGO Education survey. Educators selected for the program share the same passion for bringing learning through play experiences into the classroom to engage students and develop critical 21st century skills like problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.
The Ambassador community fosters learning where educators connect and share ideas, experiences and perspectives at local and online events, on social media and in the LEGO Education Community. As leaders in their schools, districts, and communities and with the support of their peers and LEGO Education, the Ambassadors can reach and inspire more educators and students to discover the joy in learning.
“Hands-on learning is the cornerstone of student engagement. Students will want to come to school daily if there is positive engagement and a sense of belonging, which is why I’m excited to collaborate with others in the program and create learning experiences that make our students go WOW!,” says new Ambassador Brian Briggs, Director of Technology for Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento, California.
The 2024 cohort includes many new and returning educators, including classroom teachers, STEAM specialists, robotics instructors, and media specialists. Each year educators apply and are selected for the program because they exemplify the values and mission of LEGO Education, are leaders and advocates of hands-on STEAM learning, and have demonstrated the impact of the LEGO® Learning System in their classrooms.
“As a LEGO Education Ambassador, I’ve been able to open doors of opportunity for my students and co-workers in their diverse communities,” says Ambassador Angela Gier, 5th grade Math and Science Teacher at Maple Lawn Elementary in Dallas, Texas. “I am excited to continue to enhance my teaching practices and share with my students all the new ways to experience endless possibilities and opportunities for creativity, innovation, and learning with LEGO Education.”
These 78 educators represent 25 states across the U.S. and range from 3 to 32 years of teaching experience. A complete list of the 2024 LEGO Education Ambassador cohort is included below.
About LEGO Education
LEGO® Education offers a range of playful, hands-on STEAM learning experiences based on its comprehensive learning system for students in early learning, primary and secondary education, as well as through after-school programs and competitions. From the Early Learning portfolio to the LEGO® Learning System, these solutions create an active and collaborative environment where learners of all levels and abilities build their confidence, future-proof their skills and spark a lifelong love of learning.
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