TOMAREE High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students received LEGO Mindstorm Kits and Anna Bay Public School a 3D printer thanks to the Brickfast LEGO exhibition held at the Bay earlier this year.
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Brickfest at the Bay is an annual event that has supported a range of different charities over the Past 8 years, it has run by Rainbow Bricks.
Rainbow Bricks is a group of LEGO enthusiast based in the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Sydney areas with members across NSW and Australia.
Rainbow Bricks have been running events since 2011 and became an Recognised LEGO User Group [LUG] with the LEGO Group in 2014.
Rainbow Bricks holds 7-8 LEGO Fan Events each year across NSW and each event donates the funds raised to a different charity.
The exhibitors are all volunteers who donated their time and energy to these event, for the love of the LEGO Brick and the joy it bring the kids who visit our events.
Brickfest’s Kevin Evans got involved with Lego as a child, and rediscovered it when his son started playing and learning with Lego when he was aged 5.
LEGO is now a great entry level way for students to get involved in robotics.
Kevin Evans told News Of The Area “Lego can be used for basic robotics, you can learn a lot from Lego.”
Mrs Xenos Principal of Tomaree High School told News Of The Area, “I would like to acknowledge the work of STEM teacher Mr Hartmann in securing this donation.
The kits will be used by year 10 students studying the STEM elective.
“They will be of great benefit to the students as it will give them the opportunity to further develop their coding skills. The students will learn how robotics can be used to find solutions to challenging problems.
“I am very interested in how the students will use the kits and look forward to seeing what they create,” she said.
Brickfest will be back in 2019 and you can find out more about the colourful hands on event at https://www.facebook.com/brickfestatthebay/
By Marian SAMPSON