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LEGO Master Links Computers With Learning

Group of kids working with legos and computer tablets

A global master LEGO trainer visited Barre City Elementary and Middle School Tuesday to boost children’s abilities to understand the fundamental principles of computer coding.

Bonnie Morissette was one of several education professionals at the school during The Hour of Code, promoted by, which takes place each year during Computer Science

Education Week, Dec. 3-9.

Students pre-K through Grade 4 were tasked with learning the rudiments of computer programming on iPads to make a small electric fan run, speed up and slow down and run in reverse. Other students were asked to build a descent ramp for a small vehicle and figure out how to make it roll faster by increasing the height of the ramp at one end. Barre City Elementary and Middle School was the only Vermont school to receive a visit from a LEGO global master trainer, although there were similar computing activities at other Barre schools.