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How a new generation of LEGOS is helping youth grow with technology


Altoona (WQOW) - Students at a Chippewa Valley elementary school will soon be able to check out classic toys that teach them how to code. 

The Altoona Elementary School can buy new versions of the LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics kits thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Women's Giving Circle. The new LEGO version will teach kids stem skills. After building the creation, students code on an iPad to make their robots move.

"We had a great start with our fab lab at the middle school and high school so our goal at the elementary is to get K-3 coding and robotics going to support our stem skills which we believe are 21st century skills our students need to know," said Altoona Elementary School library staff members Jess Richards and Liz Kaetterhenry.

School officials are ordering the LEGOS. They hope the gadgets will be available in January.

The Women's Giving Circle, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, has awarded $41,466 in grants in 2017. This year's grant awards bring the Women's Giving Circle's total grant distribution total to $227,953 since its inception.

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