Kids may look forward to the lazy days of summer, but those two months of relaxation have real consequences. Research shows that kids lose one to two months of learning during summer holidays, making summer brain drain a nationwide problem.

Smart parents are taking charge to stop summer learning loss before it begins. The summer months — if used wisely — can help children grow their knowledge and practice new skills. While many different reading programs aim to engage kids with the written word, far fewer opportunities exist to grow their skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in fun and engaging ways.

That’s why parents love Bricks 4 Kidz. STEM skills can greatly diminish during summer months, but Bricks 4 Kidz offers a unique approach to building STEM knowledge. Summer holiday workshops focus on unique and fun projects that use LEGO® Bricks, and the results are incredible. Not only do kids have tons of fun, but they also combat summer learning loss by gaining real-life skills related to STEM, which they can apply when they get back in the classroom.

How do Bricks for Kidz classes improve STEM skills? To better understand the relationship between the Bricks 4 Kidz program and growth in math and science skills, the company contracted with Advanced Education Measurement (AEM) to design a pre-test and post-test to measure students’ abilities before and after the classes.

graphThe results were outstanding. The AEM study showed that students of all ages who participated in Bricks 4 Kidz After-School Classes and In-School Workshops demonstrated growth in targeted math and science skills. Here are some of the study’s amazing results:

  • Improvement for students in After-School programs ranged from a 6.7 percent increase for Grades 3–5 to a 10.7 percent increase for Grades prep–2.
  • The improvement for students in Bricks 4 Kidz In-School Workshops is even more pronounced. Students in the Age 6 workshops improved 11.3 percent on the post-test, Age 8 improved 37.0 percent, and Age 10 improved 44.0 percent.
  • For the entire study, the average child improved 24.4 percent on the post-test, the equivalent of two and a half letter grades on an in-school test.

That means if your child is like the children in the study, he or she is likely to move their grade on an in-school test from a C to an A+ after participation in a Bricks 4 Kidz class or workshop. Bricks 4 Kidz summer holiday workshops offer a fun, informal way for kids to practice related STEM skills, which can help them stay sharp for when school resumes.

“While AEM only examined two Bricks 4 Kidz programs, we are optimistic that students in all Bricks 4 Kidz programs, including summer holiday workshops, may exhibit similar gains,” says Dr. Bryan Shelly, president of AEM.

Summer is here; will your child be sitting on the coach and binging on TV or taking a fun class that can fight summer brain drain and improve cognitive skills? Continue the important learning that kids completed in the classroom and give them an edge this summer by signing them up for a Bricks 4 Kidz holiday workshop today.

Until next time,

Ilka 🙂