Topic outline

  • General

  • Topic 1

    In the beginning

    In the beginning, there was wooden then plastic blocks. Wheels were introduced, then electric trains, that kids could build and play with.

    In 1980  Lego DACTA, the Lego Education division was formed. They are only available through special educational resellers that sell to schools. 

    Lego Dacta has a series of wheels, cogs and specially produced beams for children to investigate engineering ideas.

    Following this were electrical Lego, pneumatics and programmable bricks.

    Our course looks at the six simple machines

    History of Lego

    • Topic 2

      Lego Educational Philosophy

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        Mindstorms : Where it started

        A quick overview might go like this.

        Seamour Papert was a PhD student who's supervisor was Jean Piaget. He developed a philosophy that grew into this book on Constructivist Learning.

        Initially, it was based on a computer language called Logo, which was well supported by teachers in the 70 and 80's.

        Papert went to work at MIT, supported by Lego, and together developed the constructivist approach to learning with Lego. which was termed LegoTechnics.

        Mindstorms : Download the pdf 

        Montessory : Living with Lego

        • Topic 4

          Lego Education Pack

          • Topic 5


            A force can be thought of as anything that pushes or pulls

            Four fundamental forces are

            • gravity
            • magnetism
            • electrostatics
            • atomic
            • Topic 6


              Did you know

              • the Lego headquarters is in Billund , Denmark?
              • the word  Lego is means "I build"?
              • there are than 400 billion (400,000,000,000) Lego bricks in the world?
              • every Lego brick has a tiny number printed on it, and you can use Google to find which kit it might have come from and a guide to help construct?
              • Lego card instructions usually don't contain words so those who cannot read can still build models?

              Teachers guide

              9689 Kit building instructions

              Activity pack

            • Topic 7

              Structures via shapes

              Triangles are strong
              • Topic 8

                Building a base

                • Topic 9

                  Using a brace

                  • Topic 10

                    Simple machines 1 : Levers

                    A lever is a machine that can give a user a force of a speed advantage.

                    There are three classes depending on the order of load arm, effort arm and fulcrum.

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                      Simple machine 2 : the screw

                      A screw is a corkscrew-shaped ridge, known as a thread, wrapped around a cylinder.

                      The screw is the most common way of joining two materials together and includes common screws, bolts and worm gears.

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                        Simple machine 3 : Wedge

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                          Simple machine 4 : Wheel and axle

                          A wheel and axle is a  simple lifting machine consisting of a rope which unwinds from a wheel on to a cylindrical drum or shaft joined to the wheel to provide mechanical advantage
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                            Simple machine 5 : Pulleys

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                              Simple machines 6 : Gears 

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                                note to self


                                has you tube as well

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