Building with LEGO Bricks is an amazing way to create, to play … and to learn. Underneath the simple action of putting plastic things together (and having this continuous joy of hearing the little “click” sound) lies a treasure of skills development for children.
how can we build the confidence level of both kids and teachers in the context of building LEGO models with movements
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy applied to Building with LEGO
Increasing Kids Capacity to Build
We developed a Model Library designed modularly.
In the first column, kids will find a module that has a motion description. For this step, students are getting building instructions to make sure they are able to get a functional build. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: (Remembering, Understanding)
In the second and third columns, they will find inspirational models that are based on the functional module. Kids can attempt to build it by looking at the images provided. (Bloom’s Taxonomy: (Applying, Analysing, Evaluating)
One module example
In module Drive, I have designed the simplest driving mechanism. It is using a rubber band to avoid blocking.
Then kids can convert this module to what they want. We give a race car and a space vehicle as inspirational models.
Increasing Teenagers and Adulds Capacity to Build
Already in 2010, I had identified the importance for students (and teachers) to know and understand the toolbox they are playing with. In middle school, they will be given open-ended tasks and they will have to build freely a prototype and a solution to the problem.
LEGO Bricks then become like wood, nails, and screws. Knowing when and how to use each piece becomes fundamental knowledge.