MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Armed with toolboxes full of toys, Sarah Birmingham and her sister Megan Tochterman, along with their mom Cris Birmingham, are spending the morning in Hartley Elementary School's kindergarten class.
The trio are getting the kids involved with lego's through a program called Bricks for Kidz. Today's lesson, is to build an airplane.
"Kids are very creative. This gives them a creative outlet," Cris says.
Here's how it works. First, the students are paired up to learn about teamwork. Lesson two, learn how to read a blueprint.
"It's an opportunity for the kids to think outside the box, and that's what is important."
What is really unique about using lego's, is not just the fact that the kids get a break from traditional reading and writing exercises. This gives them a hands on approach in science, technology, and math.
"It's involving them," Sarah explains. "It's something they might not even think about. But when you actually have them do it, it's like, 'Oh, that's why you put weight on both sides, because it balances it out.'"
With the planes put together, and the motors attached, there's only one lesson left to learn. Have a good time.
"This is something everybody needs to be exposed to and it's not a video game. Video games are great; they're wonderful for hand-eye coordination, but you need to actually use your hands to manipulate things," Cris explains.
Bricks for Kidz offers in school, and after school field trips in many different fields of study. If you would like to learn more information about the program, click here.