Lego Instruction Set

 

           Form groups of two. 

 

       Obtain a small bag with ten to fifty assorted Lego building pieces in it (assorted in shape and color works best). 

 

Combine the pieces to form an object that resembles something in a very abstract way  

  

       Decide upon a design, give it a description (a name), and then write down step-by-step instructions for how another group could construct the same design from the fifty pieces.


     The actual name for the design (house, car, whatever) the group should keep secret and not made part of your instructions. For instance, you can't write "to form the walls of the house . . . " but you can write "place red green blocks around the edge of the flat green piece . . . ." 


  


      Devise a vocabulary list of the Lego parts, giving each part a distinctive name.  Have them work it: (e.g. a 6-pin (no S) brick - a 6-cm diameter wheel / a wheel X cm in diameter / it has a diameter of X cm - a 9-cm long bar, etc.)

 

        Once your group has finished writing your instructions, take all the Lego blocks apart and return them to the bag, along with your instructions.

 

          Give the bag to another group  to recreate the design based upon the instructions. That group then completes the exercise by correctly guessing what the initial group intended the design to represent. 

      

       Allow 45 minutes to an hour for the entire sequence to be completed. 


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