Schoolwide LEGO World build challenge update!

A few weeks ago we launched the schoolwide LEGO World Build Challenge where teachers could sign their home room to come down and build for 15 minutes. I purchases over a $100 worth of base plates so there was room to build. It was well worth the cost.

The rules are simple

1. Don’t destroy any work on the board. You may modify and enhance, but not destroy.

2. Build what you want.

You can see my first post about this challenge to see where we started.

I have taken pictures each week to document the building process from a blank canvas to space slowly filling up.

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You can see the challenge now lies in the issue of taking what pieces we have left and creating something worthy. If you check the slideshow down below you see how many changes have taken place. We have had all sorts of things built and over time the ones that students don’t really dig slowly get taken over or eliminated, but not in a mean way.

Just today we had two really cool ideas develop that I will have to share at a later date.

This is a great challenge for students. They are limited on time so they must build quick and if they want their work to remain it must have a strong foundation that intrigues other classes. Each day a new wave of 15-20 students come and continue the journey. It is a great process.

And like everything else, I have big plans to make this even more epic soon!

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LEGO City School Wide Building Challenge

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This is not a class lesson per se, but what I am setting up in my middle school is a Lego City Building Challenge. I have some base plates that I have scrounged up and I have them assembled on a table as seen in the picture. During our homeroom classes can sign up on a calendar and come down and build as they wish. The goal here is to create a collaborative building project.

Rules are simple
1. You cannot take any pieces off the building area
2. You need to build structures that enhance the overall city

As time goes on students will develop a name. As the base plates fill up I will buy more plates to keep the process going and allowing them to figure out how to add more to an existing structure much like cities of today.

Down the road I would like to add electronics and spice things up with LED, Arduino, etc.

But for now we just need to build. I have a bin of various pieces that they can choose from to build.

It is free-form, but overtime I think it will start to manifest itself into something really powerful.

Right now the blue will act as the ocean so they cannot build buildings on the water. Green is fair game. I don’t have any criteria for grey or white yet as I put them there due to lack of boards, but if anyone were to have a clever concept for those colors I am open.

Just wanted to share another possibility to bridge students and classes together in a non threatening way.

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Coffeechug LOVES LEGO 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set

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Finally, the Lego kit I have been waiting for has arrived and I had time to actually build it the other day.

I am talking about the amazing Back To The Future DeLorean Time Machine. I will start off by stating that I loved this kit and love this build. If you are a fan of the movie, then this is a MUST HAVE!

Let me share some photos so you can see how cool it really is so you can justify buying one for yourself or kids.

When I opened up the box the goods come organized like this
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The booklet had some great information in it besides the instruction build. It was a joy to read.

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The kit comes with some additional add on pieces. The red hub cap, a new upgraded engine, and a clean energy diffuser
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Of course my guilty pleasure are minifigs so I just love these two! You can rotate the head to unveil different facial expressions which is very cool indeed!

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And of course the wheels fold in for flying perfection!

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Here is a top view

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Here is a back view( you can swap our the license plate if you wish)
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Here is my final picture taken with the doors open the way I like it!
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I loved it. It was not a complicated build, but one that I enjoyed doing. The moving pieces make this cool whether the wheels, the doors, or other items. If you can get your hands on this one, then I suggest you get one.

Now onwards to figure out how to connect it to a EV3 brick to give it some actual speed!

You can purchase it here

LEGO 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set

Here are the specs on the kit from Lego.com

Travel Back to the Future with the awesome DeLorean time machine!

Build your very own miniature version of the iconic DeLorean time machine that Dr. Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown and Marty McFly famously used to travel Back to the Future! Selected by LEGO® CUUSOO members, this amazing model features lots of cool details, like opening gull-wing doors, fold-up wheels, flux capacitor, time travel display and 2 license plates. We’ve also included extra engines and wheels so you can recreate the different variants of the time-traveling car featured in the Back to the Future movies! Finally, this unique set also includes a fascinating booklet containing production notes, original images and fun details from the movies. Includes 2 minifigures: Marty McFly and Doc Brown.

• Includes 2 minifigures: Marty McFly and Doc Brown
• Features opening gull-wing doors, fold-up wheels, flux capacitor, time travel display and 2 license plates
• Also includes Marty’s skateboard as well as extra engine and wheels
• Customize the car to match the movie versions
• Step on the gas and prepare to travel Back to the Future
• Open the gull-wing doors, just like the real car!
• Fold up the wheels and engage hover mode
• Jump on the skateboard and pull some tricks
• Build the model that LEGO® CUUSOO members requested!
• Includes building instructions and exclusive Back to the Future information booklet
• Car measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide

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Lego Minifig Series 8 – Football Player Trade

I am working on collecting all 16 Lego Minifigs from series 8.

Here is what I currently have

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I have an extra football player and would like to trade someone for one I don’t have in exchange. Contact me or leave a comment if interested.

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Lego Minifig #2: Looking to trade my custom Coffeechug minifig

Alright, I am willing to trade my very own custom minifig of myself, COFFEECHUG, for another minifig rendition of COFFEECHUG!

If you have a good build of a minifig of me(I am bald and love coffee and triathlons and anything nerdy) then contact me at aarmau@gmail.com to set up a trade.

I might have to keep the coffee mug unless your minifig has some addition that is equal.

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Lego Minifig #1 – Let Us Do A Trade

Alright so I was perusing the Internet when I came across this awesome site created by some kids called The LEGOMEN Project where they trade their minifigs with anyone. It is much like what you can do at Legoland.

I decided to start my own.

I am starting small with some basic minifigs and will be working towards cooler ones as well as some custom minifigs. This is what I want. I want custom minifigs where you have created your own by mixing and matching parts.

Here is my first one I made in about 10 seconds.

Wanna trade, please contact me and we will get this going. I will post all trades and future minifigs here on the blog as well as on Pinterest.

Source: flickr.com via Aaron on Pinterest
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