Schoolwide LEGO World Building Challenge Update

Last week I kicked off the BMS LEGO World Building Challenge.

Rules are simple

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

Students come down and just build!

Since we started we have now had four TA’s come through to build for about 15 minutes which is about all the time they get by the time they get down to the place to build. At first I thought this would not be good, but actually it works perfect. What happens is that the students get an idea and start building, but they cannot finish. This leaves the next wave of students to use their imagination and flavor onto an existing structure that is not yet finished.

Watching the students build is really cool. The kids just play and experiment. They don’t have to, but they cannot resist grabbing a few pieces. What happens is that they just start building. It is so cool to watch their gears turn.

I will continue to post pictures onto the Flickr set on this building challenge

We started bare and basic with blue plates for water and everything considered land

Students started off by building a river which I thought was GENIUS! I never would have thought to build that. Next we witnessed students building vehicles, buildings, etc.

When the next wave came through they started to build a cliff with a waterfall to flow into the water. BRILLIANT! We have a basketball hoop and other goodies

 

Friday of last week I opened the building challenge up to teachers. They started adding a beach and really ramping up the water scene. Do you think we have Spring Break on our mind?

Today, students added some brilliant pieces. We have tentacles coming out of the water and a new snow covered structure.

I had to purchase a bunch of new baseplates to keep things going. As we fill things up I will continue to support and expand the world. I love this opportunity for students to just build and play. So important that we keep these opportunities alive.

When I get home tonight I will upload the builds from today. It is really taking shape and expanding.

We have groups coming down all week so we will make some major ground.

Here is a quick image shot of development

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