Building-Based Workshops

LEGO GAMES AND CHALLENGES: 60MIN

This is a fast-paced and fun teams event! Which team can complete the most challenges and score the most points? This session can be easily targeted for any age group and topic of study.

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Best for Years 1-4:

STORYTELLING WITH LEGO:  60-90MIN

Once upon a time…. There was a really boring story about some characters that we have all seen before… and then they lived happily ever after! Can we tell a better story that that??

Over the course of this lesson we will explore what makes a good story and how we can become better storytellers. We will look at the aspects of plot, character and setting and the effect these have on the feeling of our story. The aim of this lesson is to use construction to form ideas, write a story and illustrate aspects of the story. This can then be shared in groups or photographed to take back to school; it could even even used later in a session of stop motion movie-making!

This program easily allows for alterations for age and topic of study. This can be done with either a focus on oral or written language. 60-90 mins per session, depending on students’ ages and written language ability.

Curriculum Links:
English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Speaking, Writing, and Presenting
Technology: Technological Practice
Arts: Communicating and Interpreting
Social Science: Continuity and Change
Key Competencies:
Thinking - generating endings for stories, inventing characters and places
Using language, symbols and texts - recognising emotion, facial expression, and creating meaning
Managing self - staying on task, managing time, evaluating their own ideas
Relating to others - sharing lego, offering improvements, listening attentively
Participating and contributing - sharing ideas

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Technic for Juniors:  90MIN (2x45min mini-sessions)

Allow us to introduce your students to LEGO Technic, which allows them to create more advanced models with moving parts. Your class will be split into two groups. Each group will have a 45 minute mini-session working with one of our facilitators and 45 minutes to play in our LEGO and DUPLO pits.

We will begin the Technic building mini-session by investigating the different types of Technic pieces available to build with. The next step is get creative and see what we can build that moves—maybe a digger, maybe a giraffe, maybe a flying house… Once students have gained some confidence working with Technic, they will have the opportunity to follow some building instructions to create a Technic contraption such as a catapult, a set of scales, or a paper crinkler.

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Best for Years 3-6:

WELCOME TO LEGOPOLIS, CITY BUILDERS NEEDED:  90 MINUTES

Legopolis is a brand new city in the South Island! But there is a problem…. Legopolis was not designed  very well… There are 4 supermarkets all next to each other, and all the roads lead to nowhere! We need some town planners to join together and design a brand new layout for this mixed up city!

In this session, we will think about all the types of places we see around our city, and how we can best arrange a city. The aim of this session is for students to think critically about planning and purpose, and then physically build their city!

Curriculum Links
Social Science: Culture and Organisation, Place and Environment, Continuity and Change, Economic World.
English: Viewing, Speaking, Writing, and Presenting
Arts: Communicating and Interpreting, Developing Ideas
Health and Physical Education: Relationships with Other People, Healthy Communities and Environments,
Key Competencies
Thinking: idea creation, giving feedback
Using language, symbols and texts: planning a design by drawing and making lists
Managing self: staying on task, managing time
Relating to others: sharing lego, offering improvements, listening attentively
Participating and contributing: sharing ideas

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TECHNIC CONTRAPTIONS: 60 MIN

In this session, students will be introduced to LEGO Technic and use it to build simple machines. We will investigate gearing, create catapults, build LEGO grabbing machines and more! With our support, students will be able to replicate contraptions we show them and make their own modifications to customise their creations

This programme can be adapted in difficulty for ages 7+.

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BEAR NEEDS A CHAIR! 90 MIN

Oh dear! Bear has come home from a leisurely stroll to find a broken chair! How will Bear be able to sit and eat porridge now??  

In this session, students will be asked to solve the problem of Bear’s broken chair. The aim of this lesson is to think about how and why things are made, plan a chair that adheres to design specifications, then build it using LEGO Technic! We will talk about the design engineering process, research chairs, build a chair that we get feedback on before improving our designs.

Curriculum Links:
Technology: Technological Practice, Technological Knowledge, Nature of Technology
Arts: Developing Ideas, Communicating and Interpreting
English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Speaking, Writing, and Presenting
Key Competencies
Thinking: idea creation, giving feedback
Using language, symbols and texts: planning a design by drawing and making lists
Managing self: staying on task, managing time
Relating to others: sharing lego, offering improvements, listening attentively

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Best for Years 5-8:

WACKY WHEELS: 60-90 MIN

Build your own rubber band powered vehicle!

In a 60 minute session, students will be introduced to LEGO Technic. We will provide a kit to build a basic rubber band car, but the real challenge comes when student have to re-engineer their car to develop a much more effective vehicle. There will be plenty of opportunity to test and improve their vehicles before we finish by finding out who has created the vehicle that can travel the furthest.

If you would like to take your cars a step further and have a longer 90 minute session, we can add motors and infrared receivers to create remote control cars ready to race through an obstacle course.

This programme can be completed individually, in pairs or in small groups, depending on how many students attend the session.

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