Creative Engineering with Lego!
Engineering is all around us – from the construction of our houses to how our car moves along the road – without engineering the world around us would look very different!
In these lessons we are going to use Lego to learn how the world of engineering works.
Like real engineers, we will work through an engineering process starting at the brief, and then moving through the design phase; we will discuss what materials we’ll need and then build our designs, before testing and evaluating our creations, in a fun and hands on way!
By the end of our five week block we’ll have a portfolio of Lego engineering projects.
We will go on an adventure through engineering from Mechanical Engineering through to Civil Engineering. We’ll be exploring different types of vehicles, structures and natural elements, and examining how and why they work; how we can replicate the design and construction, and even improve it!
Through our adventure together we’ll learn the engineering concepts that include:
- Build a working Lego Windmill – exploring mechanical and kinetic energy, and renewable energy.
- Navigate the world with a Lego Chinese Hanging Compass – looking at the power of magnetic fields.
- Build a Lego Crane and learn how pulleys and levers allow heavy objects to be lifted whilst learning the importance of strong and stable structures.
- Let your imagination run wild and build a Lego model with Trap Door and pop up surprise – you will learn how to make the required mechanism to make your creations come to life.
- Build working Lego Vehicles – learn how to make moveable vehicles that you can steer, and transport your Lego figures around in style.
Working through these activities we will be exploring physics, maths and design within engineering!
To learn all of this you will need a mix of standard Lego bricks and a few little additions (such as elastic bands, string, balloons, paper, etc.) for certain sessions, which you will receive an email about in advance.
How our sessions work…
We start our session with a friendly introduction and settling period – which includes time for show and tell should students want to show anything they’ve created, helping to improve social skills.
We then have a chat about the brief and topic, before moving onto the design phase, by putting pen to paper to plan out our creation and decide what bricks we will need.
Now it’s time to build! Students are encouraged to guide themselves through their builds but I’m on hand throughout should they need assistance, want to show what they are doing, or ask questions!
After the building stage we move to testing and evaluating; we’ll look at how our creations work – or maybe don’t – and will work out why, and if we can make improvements.
During the lessons we will have moved through all the phases a real engineer would in a project. Students will have a full understanding of what the process entails and they will develop design skills, problem solving skills, different building techniques, material selection, communication skills, fine motor skills and dexterity.
If this engineering adventure sounds perfect for your children, register now!
Classes are on Wednesdays at 5pm (GMT) from the 16th June to the 15th July.
Your teacher is Nick – you can find out more about him on our about page.