Engineering Technology and Information Technology Students Tackle LEGO Instruction Writing Project – South Hills School of Business & Technology
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Engineering Technology and Information Technology Students Tackle LEGO Instruction Writing Project

South Hills' Academic Affairs Assistant, Lex Fogleman, assembling a LEGO car

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — Second-year Engineering Technology (ET) and Information Technology (IT) students at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Main Campus in State College were assigned a visual technical writing mid-term project that required them to create a set of assembly instructions for a LEGO® brick building project. The purpose of this assignment was to help students to improve their communication skills by requiring them to present concise instructions to their audience in a clear and easily understandable way.

Students began by imagining they were working for a fictitious company that required them to use electronic slideshows to produce assembly instructions. ET and IT students worked in teams to design and construct a “real-world item” using a minimum of 15 LEGO bricks. Then they were tasked with developing step-by-step assembly instructions for the item, creating graphics to show how to build their project, and inserting the graphics into a slideshow.

Their writing skills were tested when, upon completion of the assignment, the ET and IT students were required to present their projects to an audience comprised of South Hills faculty, staff, and fellow students. LEGO bricks and instructions were provided to audience members, who were asked to assemble the objects based on the instructions in each electronic slideshow. Participants provided feedback to the students on how easy or difficult it was to follow their instructions from beginning to end. Through audience comments and observing the challenges participants faced putting the items together, the students learned valuable lessons on how to communicate more clearly which will help improve their technical writing skills.



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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.