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Tuesday, August 5 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
W21: Constructing Stoichiometric Understanding Through LEGO®

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A 2012 survey of children's toy usage in the UK showed that 92% of 6 to 12 year old children play with LEGO® building blocks. Although LEGO® building blocks can be assembled in myriad structures there are a limited number of building rules that govern construction. Consequently, the use of LEGO® building blocks as a manipulative presents a powerful knowledge structure that can be readily applied to enhance student learning of stoichiometry.

This presentation will outline five hands-on activities that have been developed to leverage student fluency with LEGO® bricks to improve student learning of stoichiometry. The rationale for the use of LEGO® building blocks, the learning theory that underpins their utility and the precedence for them in chemical education will also be addressed.


Ken Hoffman

Teacher, Rocky View Schools
Designing student learning opportunities through building toys Designing student-driven, cross-disciplinary digital learning environments Teaching social justice through chemistry


Tuesday August 5, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
PAD 106
  Manipulatives  Pedagogy