"Look What I Built With Lego!" & "Look What I Learned From MECC Software's 'Serious Fun!' "- 40 Years Ago!!! Today's Kids Will Learn With RE@L's New STEM Tools!

Almost 40 years ago this young girl posed for a LEGO ad showing what she could do with her newly-designed home and carport…or is it a heliocopter-port? Maybe both.

SeriousFunLego Girl 1978We at RE@L like to think she not only knew how to build new designs, but she also liked to play with her MECC science- and math-based software on her computer.The graphic on the right, also 40 years old, shows what it looked like back then when computers sat on a desk instead of being held in your hand.

Nor did we have the word STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) back in those days. LEGO is what some kids were using to learn with back in those days. Girls, too. Not just boys.

We’d like to believe this smart and creative young girl became a smart and creative woman and maybe even working in a STEM career. Who knows, she may now be in her prime building space-ports for weary space travelers to get some rest and relaxation. You never know.

RE@L’s new strategies are to embed the various learning activities in K12 STEM, real-world experiments.

As we learned back in our MECC days, it’s imperative to provide the teacher with all the materials needed to properly conduct the learning experiments and have students ready and able to learn.

Nothing beats “hands-on and heads-on” learning, and that’s what RE@L does.

RE@L’s software relates to the real world.

STEM-circles1The sky is the limit these days for girls and boys considering STEM careers, whether or not they choose high-tech.

Our RE@L homepage uses three artistic bubbles to show how RE@L embraces three distinct and critical dimensions of Project-Based Learning (PBL):

1. -Classroom activities,

2. -Field experience,

3. -Connecting to the real world experience

RE@L’s new portal, RE@L VIEW™, uses new technologies to bring both content and resources all together for both students and teachers. Moreover, it includes sharing questions and findings with other PBL schools across the nation, and around the globe. If our students can learn together anywhere, perhaps they can work together and relate to each other, too.

The secret to RE@L VIEW™ new learning is the advanced resource-sharing of the virtual world, real-time portal. It allows teachers and learners everywhere to connect and share their work and findings. 

UnknownRE@L has harnessed the power of content and resourcesWe have also added newer tools that take learning to a new dimension. 

Prototypes may begin with toys and building blocks. But they can and have become far more than that. Today’s tools allow virtual realities undreamed of only a few short years ago. 

If the young girl, pictured in the LEGO poster above, had been able to choose new paths for learning and life, think of her options that would be available out there today.

Perhaps, one of those careers awaits a young, probing minds of students you know! The universe awaits their new explorations! So do we!

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.