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Toy Maker Educates Teachers On Building Teachable Moments

Bob Jesberg educates the educators on playing for smarts. (credit: John Ostapkovich)

Bob Jesberg educates the educators on playing for smarts. (credit: John Ostapkovich)

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By John Ostapkovich

HATFIELD, Pa. (CBS) - About 20 educators from Bucks and Montgomery Counties got hands-on experience yesterday in how a locally-made toy building system can create a teachable moment.

“You are going to develop a car that will roll down that ramp.”

Bob Jesberg of K’NEX leads the first teacher interaction session of the year at K’NEX headquarters in Hatfield. From a kit, participants withdrew axles, tires and some mysterious connectors.

K’NEX education products manager Maureen Kratz says this is precisely what students would do.

“For us, it’s all about innovation and helping them use problem-solving skills to figure things out on their own,” she said.

Teacher Hilary Cochran of Souderton’s Indian Crest Middle School expects her students to love this stuff.

“We try to do an inquiry-based approach to learning. We do a lot of hands-on activity,” she said. “That way students could see how what they’re learning really does play a part in the real world.”