The wealth of experience gained across various schools and education set ups provided me with ongoing opportunities to develop my pedagogy, try new things and refine my professional skills. This led to my being able to innovate new approaches to teaching and learning that were further encouraged when I joined the London Design and Engineering University Technical College (LDEUTC).
My role in developing the LEGO Education Innovation Studio as a certified LEGO Education Academy Teacher Trainer has received much appreciation and recognition as we are now on an international platform. The LEGO learning that I have developed is embedded into Psychology as it provides learners with a playful way to learn, allowing them to take ownership of their learning.
As part of my developing role at college and through my research work, I am invited to conferences and education events both in the UK and globally either to present developments in STEM education with my own work or to deliver workshops that allow educators to try out our uses of LEGO.
Many departments are now also seeing the benefits of this hands-on approach and this has led to my being a PhD candidate at Imperial College where I hope to provide scientific evidence for my work using LDE as a research base, thus allowing a fruitful collaboration with academia and industry. I am also frequently invited to speak at UCL for various teacher-related events and these have led to much collaboration with senior educators.
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