Day 17- Building continued

Day 1 of Building- Students mainly counted their LEGO pieces. The reason we do this is so that students know how many pieces they have and have discussions of how they can use certain pieces that didn’t initially show up in their Plan phase.

This is one of the videos created by the students to document how far they’ve come after Day 1.

For each day of the build, students are required to come up with a log using Google docs and a video of them working. The video is to show that one person didn’t dominate the group and take over all building responsibilities. So far the logs haven’t been that interesting. One group decided to have chat in it.

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Screenshot of one of the group’s Google document. Each student had to type in a different color. Yes, I know we can see the version history, but this also makes it more interesting to read.

Overall, the builds seem to be going pretty well. Here are some photos of their builds on Day 1:

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Some of the builds look very different from the initial building date. Part of the assignment was to use ALL of the pieces. They were purposely kept from them so that they can problem-solve along the way. I think that this form of problem-solving is kind of superficial, and somehow, if I were a student it might make me feel like I’ve been cheated somehow. However, in the past years, when the pieces were given and they were given the same assignment, the kind of planning that happened this year didn’t happen. In fact, most of the students in the past ended up building using all of the pieces, and then drew their plans after…which totally defeats the purpose of planning your building. Anyway, here are some of the structures after Day 4 of building:

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This is one of my most favorite units to do in class because the students really talk to each other and are having serious problem-solving conversations throughout the whole thing. There seems to be more modern art sculptures that are showing up in their builds. I can safely assume it’s because some of the more oddly shaped pieces weren’t anticipated.

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