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Cincinnati urban schools get an engineering Leg(o) up

During a kindergarten math class at Roselawn Condon School,  teachers throw around terms like schematic, fulcrum, balanced and unbalanced.

This "Language of Lego," as it's being called, is coming early for these five and six year olds to prepare them for a possible career in engineering. Roselawn Condon, a STEM school in the Cincinnati Public School District, is one of two urban schools taking part in the iSpace Lego program. The other is Hartwell Elementary.

Students Joseph Powell and William Young enthusiastically dig into their educational Lego bin and pull out the correct pieces to built a see saw. They look at the schematic and find the correct pieces to continue. They cheerfully exclaim, "We know how to do it!"

While many engineers say Legos were their favorite toy growing up, some kids in the urban school districts may not be able to afford them. That's where Ethicon and the Andrew Jergens Foundation come in. They bought educational Lego kits for Roselawn Condon and Hartwell Elementary. Students will get to  take home and keep other sets of Legos.

This will be the eighth week Roselawn Condon kindergartners have learned about Legos and various engineering principals. Principal Voll bragged about his eighth graders getting college credit for their math courses and he looks forward to these five and six year olds doing even better.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.