March 2, 2011

Owens Community College Announces Spring Advanced LEGO Engineering Program, March 16 – April 6

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area youth in grades four through eight are invited to explore science, mathematics and creative thinking through the use of LEGO materials as Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services offers an advanced spring LEGO Engineering Program class, March 16 – April 6.

The spring advanced LEGO Engineering Program class will occur Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at Owens’ Workforce and Community Services, which is located at the College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.

“Owens Community College is excited to provide continuing education programming that brings science, mathematics and creative thinking alive for children,” said Rhonda Hogrefe, Owens Continuing Education and Community Service Account Representative. “The LEGO Engineering Program promotes team building and allows attendees to think creatively and explore engineering processes, while at the same time having fun.”

Using advanced LEGO parts and pieces, LEGO Engineering class attendees will learn to design and build models through the use of fixed and movable pulleys, gears and gears ratios, levers, wheels, axles, forces and belt drives. The experiential learning activities will use principles related to simple and complex machines as well as gearing and mechanical advantage techniques. Building on the Junior LEGO Engineering class, the advanced educational program will also focus on more intricate projects that use gear mathematics, ratchets, drive trains and motorized systems.

In addition, the class will use LEGO Educational Division materials and LEGO Technic elements as part of the academic learning process.

The registration cost for the spring LEGO Engineering Program class is $89. For more information, or to register for the class, call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit