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Lego Classroom Visit #1
Here's the report on my first visit to a classroom to share my Lego hobby.
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Okay, so that's me in the main photo. No, I won't make you look at that again. Here's why I'm standing in front of a bunch of "happy" kids. I was invited by my mother-in-law, a wonderful second grade teacher, to share my Lego hobby with her class.





I started by setting up my display of some models I have built at the moment. On the left is my new Star Wars #7675, actually the first new set I've got in a long time. On the right is my losing MocOlympics entry, Max and Pugsy's Treehouse Hanger. Funny, the kids didn't seem to mind the "losing" part.





Here's the three Lego Transformers I can't seem to get rid of. Someday, I'll need these parts to make a new one. But not today.





Next, I set up the centers around the classroom. Here are four of them: Transportation, Lego Writing, Patterns, and Landscape.





The other three centers. Build a Top, Symmetry, and Building with Shapes. Yes, that large gray top is my entry for Yuri's contest. And, by the Symmetry tub, you'll see my first mech. Well, it's not the first if you count all my Transformers. It was a 3-minute project that demonstrated, uh, symmetry.





Here are two tops built by the students. They are both spinning in the pictures, although it's hard to tell.





The landscapes turned out well.





The boys just couldn't keep away from the transportation table. Not that I would want them to.





Two students successfully wrote their first names with Lego.





My favorite pattern was the one on the top left. It's bold colors reminded me of Crimso Giger's Round IV MocOlympics entry.





Last, my personal favorite: My mech playing basketball, while the coach looks on.

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This was a fun day. The students were very excited to spend part of their day playing with Lego, and it felt good to finally use my Lego to give back.

Hopefully this will only be the first of projects with students. I have another that I want to start soon at my school, and I'd like to share something like this with my own class. I also have thoughts of making an after-school class, or a summer school class, or something.

If you are an educator, or are interested in seeing Lego used more in classes, consider joining my new group, Lego in the Classroom.



Comments

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  October 17, 2010
Cool. I kinda wish I was in that class. Did any of the kids steal some bricks?
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  December 1, 2009
good use of bricks and free time. I just may end up doing something like this myself soon. I've got a growing 2 year old boy who is absolutely in love with my bricks. It's hard to tell him not to touch the 5 foot tall buildings, yet he can play with the racers and cement trucks. He's figuring it out though, after healthy doses of training and discipline...
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  November 12, 2009
Quoting Eben Young I have the wheels, now I need the windsheilds DD:
Cool!
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  November 12, 2009
I remember when I used to work at a sports center (during my Dark Age) and we hosted the Micro Basket classes... dozens of little gremlins tearing joyfully down the place... and you can't imagine what a few of them could do when provided with ice cream and giant styrofoam jigsaw puzzles.
  November 12, 2009
lol, if I was in that classroom, the WHEELS WOULD BE MINE!!!! (seriously though, I dont have any tyres D:) EDIT: I have the wheels, now I need the windsheilds DD:
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  October 29, 2009
Very cool! I did not have to go to a classroom to lose control of LEGOŽ ownage. My 7- and 3-year olds have been duking it out with parts. The 3-year old abandoned DUPLOŽ after only a week and now wants the "standard" LEGOŽ bricks. I only get to play with leftovers if there are even any left... I agree with the Good Doctor about disinfectin' them bricks! XD
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  October 14, 2009
Thanks for posting this! It gives me some great ideas to share with my daughter for her school.
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  October 12, 2009
Where were you when I was a kid!? Looks fun.
Wes Pitter
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Tristan Amaya
  October 10, 2009
I would not have made it with all those kids touching my LEGO and if I did I would have had a BB gun pistol in my pocket for "safety purposes" But that was real nice Wes.
 I like it 
  October 10, 2009
I've gotta say, that was mighty brave of you to let all those kids touch your LEGO. (Personally I would make them go through some sort of LEGO detector when they exited the room to make sure they weren't "borrowing" any pieces...) =)
 I made it 
  October 10, 2009
Quoting Chris Phipson Whenever I break mine out at home my daughter always says "I wanna play with Daddy's LEGO."
My children are the same way. Even the little guy gets a Lego to put in his mouth. I actually have learned some new things watching my girls play with Lego. For example, the bottles of chemicals in my Five Iron Frenzy song Moc were an invention of my eldest daughter's.
 I made it 
  October 10, 2009
Quoting Dave Kaleta I'm definitly going to steal some of these ideas!
I'm so happy to hear it! That's the main reason I posted this!
 I like it 
  October 10, 2009
The first picture is hilarious!
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  October 10, 2009
Great presentation. You totaly got them into the Legos; hands on! You had great ideas to let them experiment with. I'm definitly going to steal some of these ideas!
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  October 10, 2009
Wow, those kids all look so happy! I would too had someone brought LEGO in to play with during school. And for the record Wes, although you didn't advance in the Olympics it was NOT a "losing" moc by ANY means my friend. You know, I never had an issue with kids touching my LEGO. Whenever I break mine out at home my daughter always says "I wanna play with Daddy's LEGO." Anyway, this is a GREAT thing you're doing. So many schools lose site of the fact that LEGO can be such an important learning tool for kids and what you're doing here is just very cool. Keep it up! ~ Chris.
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  October 10, 2009
This is something I would enjoy to do myself... with a special Lego collection just for this (as you said) and if I wasn't totally AFRAID of kids lol - Anyway there's some very nice creations and all in all, it must have been fun ! (thanks for quoting my entry too, I also love this pattern !)
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  October 10, 2009
I have a hard enough time letting my OWN children touch my LEGOs, much less someone else's. Nice work though. I remember in Junior High one of my teachers was teaching us about simple machines (wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, screw, lever, etc.) and used legos to help us create and understand how these machines worked.
  October 10, 2009
Quoting Wes Pitter "What this experience taught me is that I would really benefit from having a separate collection of Lego for working with children!
Amen brother! Lee.
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  October 10, 2009
That was realy nice, i wish somone did that for me when i was younger. And Cole i know what you mean, birthdays at my house are like doomsday for my collection.
  October 10, 2009
That was nice of you. I don't like it when people touch my lego. A few weeks ago my friend came over and was messing around with my starwars minifigs. I tried to distrat him with grand theft auto but it didn't work.
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  October 10, 2009
"All those kids touching my LEGO" "You Touch My Legos You Get Shot With A Nerfgun" "I'd have a nervous breakdown, if it was my LEGO" "You let them 'touch' your Lego - are you mad?" You guys are too funny! Not your feelings, but the ways you say them. We all take our Lego very seriously, and I am no exception. This was not easy for me. What this experience taught me is that I would really benefit from having a separate collection of Lego for working with children!
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  October 10, 2009
That's nice of you to blur their faces with smiles to protect their identety.
 I made it 
  October 10, 2009
Quoting Topsy Cret Ok, that's just creepy... The left spinning top has the EXACT same design as the one built. Great idea. Good day
Sorry to creep you out, Topsy. A student was holding the gray disk, so I pointed him in that direction. But I left well before the top looked like that, so, yeah...go ahead and be creeped out, if you want.
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  October 10, 2009
That's Really Nice Of You To Do That! But At My House, You Touch My Legos You Get Shot With A Nerfgun...Countless Times!
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  October 10, 2009
Ok, that's just creepy... The left spinning top has the EXACT same design as the one built. Great idea. Good day
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  October 10, 2009
It looks SO cool for kids and maybe they will have this in the future !
  October 10, 2009
Looks like a lot of fun, for you and the kids. Seems like they came up with a lot of cool stuff, too. Although, I'd have a nervous breakdown, if it was my LEGO hahaha! Even when my own nieces and nephews come to visit I keep them away from my LEGO with a small contingancy of megablocks I got when I was a youngun. Yeah... I'ma meanie.
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  October 10, 2009
Looks like great fun. Good to see a little lego evangelism going on, haha. I like that pattern best too. I've just returned from a visit to the museum and it looks remarkably like something Piet Mondrian or Theo van Doesburg would have done if they had the bricks.
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  October 10, 2009
So, wait; you let them 'touch' your Lego - are you mad? Well, I suppose that was very nice of you, but I do hope you bleached all the parts when you were done ;-) Lee.
 
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