Lego Machines – Creative teachers often use toys and gadgets to help enhance learning. At General Charles G. Harker School in Gloucester, Silvia Cancila uses Lego to teach her fourth graders about scientific methods. The students use education-focused Lego kits to demonstrate and understand the applications of simple machines like levers, pulleys, and wheels. They make observations, conduct experiments and use results in a purposeful way. The project, which is aligned with Core Curriculum Standards, was made possible through mini grants from the Gloucester & Salem Community Advisory panel.