Learning to Redesign with Legos
Today the 8th graders at Miles River got a chance to take on the “Redesign” step of the engineering process. Students worked in teams of engineers to take an object that was poorly designed and turn it into something of their own creation that functioned (and looked!) better than the original! The poor design was a Lego bookshelf – the task was to move the bookshelf from one classroom to the next, carrying a heavy load of Lego books with ease. The original bookshelf couldn’t fit through the doors well because it was too long, and it didn’t even come with wheels! It was great to watch students get creative with their redesigned Lego bookshelves – some were taller and had handles, others were short and wide with wheels. All redesigned bookshelves had to hold the same number of books as the original design, but the bookshelves weren’t allowed to touch any of the classroom walls. All of the students were up for the challenge and discussed their ideas for redesign before they started building. Once their bookshelves were complete, each team got a chance to present their design to their classmates and show their bookcase in action on our mock classroom tarp.