Students in the Triad using LEGO bricks to improve skills

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LEGO bricks are a childhood staple, but these days, they are serving as so much more than just a toy.

A Triad program called Bricks 4 Kidz helps students improve skills related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) using LEGO Bricks.

"What's exciting is that it builds their awareness of how things work together,” Catherine McCormick, owner of Bricks 4 Kidz Piedmont, said.

By designing machines, buildings, and other models, it introduces children to instructional content including the concepts of friction, gravity, and motion.

"It helps the fine motor coordination as well it helps with creativity. So it also helps them with math without knowing they're doing math. It's a fun imaginative way to learn math,” said Casey Chesson, director of the Griffin Recreation Center.

9-year-old Dylan Marcus says he has always loved science, but he especially enjoys it when it’s taught in an interesting way.

“I like that all of them can teach us how to build everything and they teach it in a fun way so it will be exciting,” Marcus said.

Bricks 4 Kidz partners with schools and after-school programs throughout the Triad. There is also a Bricks 4 Biz program to help businesses with team building.