The effectiveness of hands-on learning, for example through construction, has been well documented for many years. Today neuroscience is able to document even more precisely how physical and active involvement in experiences stimulates the brain and improves the quality of learning.
There is a growing recognition that people primarily think and learn through experiences they have had, rather than through abstract calculations and generalisations. We store our experiences in memory and use them to run simulations in our minds to prepare for problem- solving in new situations. These simulations help us form hypotheses about how to proceed in the new situation based on past experiences.
It is difficult to store and reflect upon abstract thoughts, as the brain does not have a memorable experience to retain and work with.
And yet a significant proportion of teaching efforts still rely on delivering knowledge in this disconnected way.
While the LEGO System for Learning cannot solve all of the challenges that educators face, it is a fact that building representations of ideas, problems, and knowledge with LEGO bricks and digital tools provides students with an experience that is concrete and with learning that is memorable.