Teaching with Lego

[by Andy Pulham]

Written tasks often contain complex information and instructions, and it can be useful to create visual models of the ideas in order to clarify key concepts.  To this end, teams were presented with written information of varying complexity and asked to create a visual model from a pile of Lego bricks.

They were allowed to swap bricks with other groups so that they could make their model the best that it could be.  They only had 5 minutes to think it through and prepare a presentation of their model to the other teams.  Each team had a different problem, and individuals could choose whether they wanted to tackle an easy problem or a very difficult one.  After their presentations, the other teams were invited to comment on ways to refine the model.

Here are some examples of the difficult task: structure of a protein.

lego 1

lego 3

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