The Brick Chronicles :: A Lego WeDo Challenge for November

The Brick Chronicles feature unique creations made with Lego® bricks. Hopefully you, and the children in your life, will find them as inspiring as I do!

Lots of Legos®, lots of computers and a spark of an idea.

Lots of Lego WeDo sets, lots of legos® and lots of computers to complete that spark of an idea.

For the last few years, I have been gleaning ideas from the fabulous web site,  Dr. E’s WeDo Challenges. They offer monthly challenges  – taking a break during the summer – and they are incredibly creative. The site offers very few suggestions, so the kids are truly encouraged to come up with their own ideas to meet the challenge. This month, Dr. E asked the kids to consider the future of furniture.

The kids had every intention of completing last month’s Halloween challenge, but our projects ate up all of the extra time. This month, I made sure we wouldn’t wait until the last minute.  I pulled out the three WeDo sets, showed off the challenge and took a big step back.  After an hour of tinkering, they moved past the “safe” choice — a flipped bed — and started to make some modifications. I’ve noticed that copying is a great spring board for creativity (and love this ‘evolution of a maker’ post).  Can we build that – and once we do – how can we make it our own?

Check out R’s video submission for the November challenge – a combination alarm clock, burglar alarm and wake-up routine.