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!
In my camps, I want the students to get comfortable with the WeDo software before asking them to respond to a particular challenge. I’ve noticed that coming up with their own structures comes quite naturally to them, but brainstorming an answer to a particular problem can present some difficulty. From the beginning, they are encouraged to adapt, modify and experiment with the “formal” structures that they build…playing with the software as they go.
After they’ve gotten a good hold on how it works (usually in the last couple of days), I ask them to think about how they can create a particular type of structure. One of the first challenges is always the “playground equipment” challenge. I ask the students to think about, and possibly sketch their favorite piece of playground equipment. Then, I give them some parameters to work with (i.e. it must use one mechanized part). The rest is up to them.
The videos I have featured below showcase only two of my past students’ projects. While all of the projects were quite worthy, these two students faced many challenges with these projects and had to revise them many, many times to get it to work just right.
For those of you who don’t know about gaga ball, the players hit a rubber ball with their hands and try to touch the other players and get them out. I just learned about it myself this past summer and I would liken it to a gentler version of dodge ball, yet still fiercely competitive.