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Lego Design: The Modern & Historical World (week 1)
The first week's worth of builds by the 8 & 9 year olds in my summer school class. The class runs 5 days a week, 8:30-3:00... that's a lot of Lego time!
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Week One: Realms of the Past


Build you name: Our very first build. A variety of white bricks were presented and we talked about the various names and ways of identifying them; 1x4 brick, 2x2 slope, 1x3 reverse slope, etc. Each student chose their own accent color for the base. This build provided a challenge in creating irregular shapes; there was a lot of talk and collaboration between the builders. (Tom's photograph was corrupted, sorry Tom)




Microscale castle build: Each student was given an 8x8 stud plate and asked to experiment with building their own castle. This was mostly an exercise in getting to know where parts were located and experimenting with combinations. We also held a critique session on the castle in which the students were ask to talk about two things they liked in the build and two things they though could be improved.





Tower challenge: Build the tallest tower you can using a variety of 1x bricks. It was interesting to see the students get ideas from each other and try new techniques. This was our first intentional encounter with SNOT (studs not on top).



Castle Build: We studied castles and learned about their history and purpose; there was a long list of vocabulary words to learn. The students split into two groups and each designed their own castle based on the characteristics we learned about. I'm fairly certain their favorite vocabulary term was "murder holes" which were used to throw rocks down upon invaders trapped between the portcullises.













The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: After a trip to the Oriental Institute Museum, and reading several books, both fiction and non-fiction, the students chose which of the wonders they would like to represent. Four students worked on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia...







While the other seven worked on The Great Pyramid at Giza.







Stay tuned for next week's installment... modern architecture.



Comments

  January 16, 2012
These kids sure can build! I think even better than me! :D Will there be... teen - adult classes?
Dave Kaleta
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  June 25, 2011
That micro castle is really cool: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=276841&id=/user_images/5162/1308966516m I also like the Zeus statue and the pyramid. How old are the children there?
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  June 25, 2011
Wow, your kids are great!
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  June 25, 2011
whoa! i think your students are better than me but with a teacher like you... i like Adams name the best and the pyramid and statue are awesome! i like the second castle the best, your students are great!
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  June 25, 2011
Wow! These kids have some serious building talent. Of course, with a teacher like you, who wouldn't become a master builder! That Zeus statue and pyramid are great!
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  June 25, 2011
They are all great, but that Zeus statue is out of sight! I just love how they did the hair and beard. Great work you're doing, good sir!~H
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  June 25, 2011
Dave, I'm thoroughly impressed with your student's skills! After seeing some of their builds at BW, I was completely jealous that I couldn't sign up and take your course as well! Keep up the great work of making Kaleta clones.
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  June 25, 2011
I can't think of anyone better to inspire and teach the builders of tomorrow. Heck, they're the builders of today already! Great job to the kids! ~ Chris.
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  June 25, 2011
love it the names are cute.
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  June 25, 2011
Very awesome. That's a cool little project. :)
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  June 25, 2011
nice designs. i specialy like your pyramid
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  June 25, 2011
awesome builds and techniques!
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  June 25, 2011
Sign me up for summer school. These builds look great.
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  June 25, 2011
That is a summer school class I'd have taken, too. You've got some very skillfull studens. Most interesting here are the microscale castles, because they show the different levels of creativity best (in my opinion). The 11th is very artistic and the last one very accurate, though all of them are really nice.
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  June 25, 2011
I'd love to take one of your classes, yet I'm probably both too old and too far away. Good job to your students though, that statue of Zeus is particularly nice.
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  June 24, 2011
Very cool idea! I wonder if anyone ran Lego club/classes when I was kid here, if they did I missed out. Those full size castles are impressive.
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  June 24, 2011
I'm missing a lot of vocab here! That's so nice!
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  June 24, 2011
oh my god..i envy your students skill... they build good! you ought to be proud :)
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  June 24, 2011
Wow Mr. Kaleta, your doing a great job with these kids! Tell them there work is excellent! I love that Olympia statue. Just wait until I tell the children at my mindstorms robotics camp. I'm sure they'll be psyched to see this. Nice build at brickworld, by the way.
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  June 24, 2011
A tip of the builder's cap to the kids! Some excellent builds here, particularly fond of the statue of Zeus. Might have to take your class myself so that I can build microscale castles for my comic. Thanks for sharing these and again, way to go kids!
 
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