The LEGO Rocket Challenge

LEGO has a wide variety of classroom applications. One way that the company encourages educators to use the popular construction tool is through the six brick challenge. In these challenges, LEGO builders are asked to complete a variety of tasks, but are limited to using only six bricks.

As a LEGO Education US Master Educator in the 2018 cohort meetup held in Chicago, I was challenged to create a duck using only six bricks. Every Master Educator was given the same six bricks, but the resulting ducks were anything but the same.

Fast forward to the 2018-19 school year. As a learning technologies coach, I am tasked with working with Burleson ISD educators to implement technology in various forms across the curriculum. A third-grade educator, Julie Broadway at the Academy of Nola Dunn Elementary, invited me to come and share a brick challenge with her students who had recently been on a field learning experience at NASA in Houston. I developed a series of cooperative challenges based on building a rocket.

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