Lego Simple Machines
Today was Lego class at our local building class! Today we were talking about simple machines and the kids were building catapults! After catapults are a lever with a fulcrum. Each team was give a sheet with three different lever configurations to build. Then they tested them to see which was the best. After that they used their best one to try and catapult a ball into a basket they built on another plate! Simple, and fun, and a great way talk about fulcrum points, force, and aiming! It was simple and yet complicated. Bunny had no problem building it, but getting the catapult to work and to get the same results each time was really hard for her! Here are some pictures:
I was trying to encourage Bunny to make one at home too. We will see! She loves to build legos and she is really learning a lot as she plays. I love that we have the opportunity to go to these classes near by. Who knew there was so much science in toys! 🙂 Have you ever used Legos for learning? Share your ideas in the comments! Happy Schooling!
Amy @ No Greater Honors
January 15, 2014 @ 3:56 am
Hoss just got a few Lego sets for Christmas – I may or may not have had something to do with that, and my intentions may or may not have two fold in planting that idea in to grandparents’ heads 🙂 This is something else I hadn’t thought of trying, but now I (can’t believe I’m saying) think we need more legos! 🙂
January 16, 2014 @ 12:33 am
Amy Bunny and Pup both got lots of legos and duplos for Christmas! They are really am great toy and an awesome learning materials too! And I think we are part of the “you can never have too many” club! 😉 Happy Building!
January 15, 2014 @ 5:21 pm
Legos are all the rage at my house – and it’s not dissipating anytime soon 😉
(my son’s screen-name is Legoboy for a reason 😉 )
I would like to have something like these classes closer to us but it seems if I want it, I have to make it happen. Maybe in a few months!
January 16, 2014 @ 12:31 am
Hahaha….they are not leaving here either! The lego classes have been a huge success here for homeschoolers and the building place! I hope you get a chance to do something like it! After all, learning is best when it is play right? 🙂
January 22, 2014 @ 10:15 pm
Hi – I just wanted to thank you for sharing this – the science co-op looks great! We have just started to include some Lego work in science (e.g. different coloured bricks representing different atoms, then building simple molecules). I’ve also seen a great Lego dna model and various forces manipulatives that we will use later.
January 23, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
Wow! Sounds like a lot of fun! I think that Bunny will be jealous when she hears all about that! Keep up the fun! Happy Building!