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Rogers to speak about using Legos as a tool for teaching engineering, Oct. 23

Visiting professor of engineering Christopher Rogers will speak Wednesday, Oct. 23, about his efforts to improve the teaching of engineering, from kindergarten through college, through the use of Lego robots.

His talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in 104 Computer Science Building.

Rogers, a faculty member at Tufts University, is the Kenan Trust Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and is teaching a freshman seminar this semester in which students build Lego robots and engage in weekly competitions.

"The desire to build is part of every childhood and can be used as a powerful motivator to teach math, science, and even literacy skills," said Rogers.

Rogers, through the Tufts Center for Engineering Educational Outreach , worked with the Lego Co. to develop a robot kit that augments the familiar childhood building blocks with computers, motors, gears and a variety of sensors.

His talk will include demonstrations of inventions of students from kindergarten to college.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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