The trees are budding and flowers are blooming. Days are getting longer and the sun is shining. Spring is fast approaching, and now is the time to prepare for the severe weather Spring can bring.

The National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety have teamed up for Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 4-10, to encourage North Carolina residents to prepare for the severe weather season. Students in schools and government buildings will be participating in statewide tornado drills Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. to practice their emergency plans. Test messages will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios and the Emergency Alert System.

To be prepared for severe weather, be sure to create an emergency kit filled with supplies your family may need in an emergency. Make an emergency plan and talk with your family about what to do after a disaster strikes. Visit readync.org to learn how to be ready in an emergency and help your family survive.

With many students participating in tornado drills at school this week, supplementing their weather education with fun activities can help ensure lifelong knowledge and hazardous weather preparedness. Brick Scholars offers professional development workshops for educators to learn how to utilize LEGO as a learning tool in the classroom. We also help students cultivate their creativity and grow their imagination (while meeting Common Core standards) by visiting schools for workshops and residencies. Some of our workshops involve creative writing and integrating weather related stories that utilize using LEGO bricks as a 3D graphic organizer to begin the writing process. We also offer professional development for teachers to learn about how to implement LEGO robotics into the classroom that meet Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Be sure to check our website for upcoming events or contact us directly by email megan@brickscholars.com to schedule a professional development workshop. 

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