STEM Enrichment is an Atlanta based small business dedicated to providing science, technology, engineering and math enrichment programs to elementary school aged children.

Debbie Miller, a Lego® fan since she was a kid, is the owner and founder of STEM Enrichment.

She began using Lego® as an educational tool when her boys were pre-school age. As they grew, so did the complexity of the Lego® products they enjoyed. From Duplo®, to Lego For Juniors®, to Lego Technic®, to Simple Mechanisms & Machines, to finally the Lego Mindstorm NXT® robot, every stage of building, thinking, creating and learning has been fun, rewarding and worthwhile.

Debbie started the Lego® program at her sons’ school in 2006. As a volunteer, she coordinates this extra-curricular activity that reinforces STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum. It includes FIRST Lego® League competition teams for 4th – 8th graders and a Junior Lego® robotics program for 2nd and 3rd graders. “It has been an incredibly rewarding experience that I can now share with other students in the Atlanta community.”

Utilizing products from Lego Education®, students, grouped in pairs, build, test, and modify Lego models designed to teach and reinforce STEM concepts. Students explore elements of simple machines and physical science concepts such as forces and motion, friction, momentum, energy and efficiency.

Engineering skills such as identifying goals, processes, and feedback are included. Math skills such as making reasonable estimates, measurement, using fractions and decimals, sorting and classifying, collecting and handling data and visual discrimination are utilized. Identifying problems and designing solutions are inherent in the process. Students will use critical and logical thinking skills while working cooperatively and having fun!

Lab sheets are provided so students can use the scientific method to make predictions and record their results, just like a real scientist!

Debbie's classes are an excellent pre-Lego® robotics program. Kids interested in participating in FIRST Lego League® using the Lego Mindstorm NXT® robot will benefit from their STEM enrichment building experiences.