Brick Ideas...Using Technic Lego in Schools

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Design

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"You taught my daughter at Chudleigh Primary this week. She came home full of enthusiasm about her day learning about, building and testing the tank she had built with her friends under your guidance ~ I thought it was truly inspirational ! "

"It was a really educational afternoon which the children thoroughly enjoyed and were 100% engaged through the whole session. The open~ended nature of the afternoon really encouraged the children to innovate and solve problems".

Catapult session. Mr Parker, Dunsford Primary School.

I run sessions using Technic Lego that link in with different topics and parts of the curriculum.

Tank Building. World War 1 & 2

In this session the children work in groups of 3 to design and build Lego tanks. We look at strong structures, fixing on motors and batteries. we learn how caterpiller tracks work and fix them to our tanks. I set tank challenges and we end the day with a tank battle.

 

In this session we cover the following.

Maths: 

Measurements:  Measuring speed over 10m and calculating the time it would take to cover 100m and 1km.

Geomentry: Looking at angles of 90 and 45 degrees (22.5 & 67.5 degrees if appropriate) discovering the effects of different angles.

Fractions: Using collected data.

Algebra: Using A divided by B to calculate the gradient of a hill.

Statistics: Record data in a table and calculate data.

Design and Technology:

Design: Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas through discussion.

Make: Select from a range of components.

Evaluate: Evaluate ideas and model against design criteria and consider the views of others.

Technical Knowledge: Apply their understanding of how to strengthen and reinforce more complex structures. Understand and use mechanical systems.

Science: Predicting outcomes. Fair tests.

History: World War 1 & 2

Ancient Greeks

The Greeks invented lots of things. In this session we design and build working water wheels. We collect lots of data i.e. using 1 Litre of water we see how many times we can get the water wheel to turn and for how long.

Roman, Celts and Invaders: Catapults.

This session links in to these topics.

The children work in groups of 3 to design and build a catapult. We learn about strong structures and catapult design. We test our catapults and improve our designs. 

 

In this session we cover the following:

 

Maths: We measure distance and collect data.

Statistics: Record data in a table and use the collected data.

Technical Knowledge: Apply understanding of how to strengthen and reinforce more complex structures. Understand and use mechanical systems.

Science: Predicting outcomes. Fair tests.

Victorians

Isambard K Brunel: Using Terchnic Lego each group of children build a section of bridge which is then joined together to span between two tables in the classroom before driving the Lego Train across. (aimed at Years 2, 3 & 4) 

Powered Vehicles

Using Technic Lego pull-back motors, the children design and build vehicles which are then tested for speed and distance. (A school hall or corridor is required for testing up to 15 vehicles.)

Action Contraptions

Bubble Machine:

Exploring gear ratios and how gears change the speed of the spinning mixing wheel.

Zipwire runner:

What makes the zipwire runner travel down the wire? How can we make it go faster? How fast does it go?

Elasticband-powered car:

How far will the elastic band take the car? Looking at gears and how different elastic bands change the performance of the car.

Time killer:

An amazing machine that slows down time! Looking at gears and stored energy. 

Renewable Energy

Solar powered Vehicles.

Designing and building a solar powered vehicle. Children work in groups of 3 to build a vehicle. Looking at collecting and storing energy. Measuring speed and distance. What effect having bigger wheels makes to the vehicle. Recording data.

Technic Lego in schools

Schools I've working with.

Chudleigh C of E Primary School.

Redhills Community Primary, Exeter

Bradley Barton, Newton Abbot.

Rydon Community School, Kingsteignton.

Hazeldown Community School, Teignmouth.

St Lukes, Exeter.

St Catherines C of E Primary, Heathfield.

Hatherleigh Primary School.

Park School, Bournemouth.

Stover School.

Ravenscourt park  School, London.

East Allington Primary School.

 

STEM Groups

This group runs for 1 hour over 5 weeks for groups of 4 children.

 

session1. Strong structures.

session2. Motorised vehicles,                       understanding gears

session3. Fast vehicles: gears/                     ratios.

session4. Slow vehicles: gears/                     ratios.

session5. Other uses for low                         gearing, cranes,                           lift a brick..

 

Small group sessions.

Pupil Premium Groups.

Whole class sessions.

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