Archive for the ‘Lego Maths’ Category
The Lego Olympics 2020
July 30, 2021Awesome Lego Maths and a Giant Lego Tree
July 28, 2018Maths isn’t TOO HARD; it’s TOO BORING, Sir!
January 15, 2016Hello my little Peeps,
In 2012 The New York Times ran an article by Andrew Hacker titled ‘Is Algebra Necessary?’ The argument was, basically, that too many students find algebra difficult and colleges in America use math results to screen students thus further disadvanting already disadvantaged students. The author had a point. eg. Of all who embark on higher education, only 58 percent end up with bachelor’s degrees. The main impediment to graduation: freshman math.
Perhaps, algebra could be taught in a different way. Mathspig was inspired by New York Grade 3 teacher, Alycia Zimmerman, who uses Lego to teach fractions (See next post) and came up with the following examples.
But Mathspig has always lerved Lego Maths. Here are just a few examples;
Ratios: The Rosetta Project Scaled down to a Lego Universe
Other links to Lego Maths.
And while you are doing your Lego Maths you an also use the Lego Template to design your own Lego Figurine.
Download Template here.
Have fun peeps.
Cheerio
Mathspig
Lego Fractions
January 15, 2016Here is a post on Lego Fractions by New York Grade 3 teacher Alycia Zimmerman. Surprisingly I found this on an art website.
Mathspig found this Lego Maths so much fun she thought she’d try some more. Here is the result:
Lego Mean, Median, Mode
January 15, 2016Students can calculate the Mean, Median and Mode using Lego. Here is the exciting part:
The lego stacks become the graph
START with 40 LEGO BRICKS
Draw a graph of No. of Blocks Vs No. of Prongs (per block) Make sure all blocks are the same height.
Start with 40 bricks.
Sort into Stacks to create graph of
No. Prongs Vs No. Bricks
This is a close up of the stacks above.
The no. of bricks in each stack is written on top of the stack.
Lego Algebra
January 15, 2016This Lego Algebra is designed as s a demonstration, rather than a student activity.
Let x = no. of Lego Bricks.
Now find x:
Don’t forget there is a lot of algebra fun on Mathspig with Algee Baa: Algebra for Beginners
Lego Mania 1: Going Loopy
May 29, 2012As part of our Midyear/ End of year madness here are some crazy things to do with Lego.
The idea with these projects is to challenge you, my pretties, by giving you the Lego, the time and the inspiration so you can go, go, go for it and, maybe even, surprise yourself.
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1. Going Loopy
Can you make something round from oblong Lego blocks?
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You will find more awesome Lego Loops at Discovery News and more cool curves and loops @ Sanders Brick Bending Blog
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2. Going Bloomin’ Crazy
Lego constructions can move. Here is The Blossoming Lotus built by the Brickengineer. If you click on this link you can see the Lotus blossom. Cool! Can you make a Lego flower bloom, mathspigs?
But if you really want to see some Lego flowers bloomin’ get yourself down to the Reiman Gardens @ Iowa State University. They have the Lego flowers, the Lego birds, the Lego butterflies, a Lego Zoo. Perhaps, mathspigs, your class could put your heads together and make a Lego garden or a Lego Zoo.
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3. Going Square
Lego artist Nathan Sawaya’s Lego sculptures are mind boggling. You can find the following sculptures @ sayhitodesign blog spotto or @ Nathan’s own blog, The Art of the Brick. Maybe, mathspigs, you could build a geometric sculpture out of Lego blocks.
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Or get inspired by Nathan Sawaya’s other sculptures
Wow! That’s just how Mathspig feels when I’m waking up in the morning.
Lego Mania 2: Going Musical
May 29, 2012Another way to get your brain wrapped around the idea of symmetry, 2D patterns and 3D image rotations is by building a musical instrument and some of them even play music, um, sort of!
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1. Lego Harpsichord built by a kid
with ordinary Lego that works!!!
2. Lego Electric Guitar that really works
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3. Lego Flute that works
They say it works. Mathspig hasn’t heard it. The kid could be just spending time blowing on a Lego block.
More @ Izakoo Blog Spot
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4. Lego Cello
Here is another art work by Lego artist Nathan Sawaya. The cello doesn’t play music, but this is such an awesome video of Nathan building the cello, it is a MUST see, mathspigs.
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5. Lego Guitar
This one is by Patrick Dube
It doesn’t play music, but think about it mathspigs. It would look soooooo cool sitting in your bedroom. Besides, many a guitar sits in a bedroom without being played.
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6. Lego Saxaphone
Here is another work by Pat Dube. It doesn’t play music but it’s just cool, man. Put on those sunglasses, feel the vibe and chill.
Lego Mania 3: Going, Going, Gone!
May 28, 2012Now mathspigs, let’s get mobile. There is a lot of symmetry and 3D rotations involved in building a Lego ca. You can go low tech or high tech. Get ready mathspigs here we go:
1. Lego Balloon Car
I don’t think you’ll need instructions for this one. Maybe you could pimp that ride, mathspigs.
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2. Lego Rubber Band Car
You will find instructions @ eHow
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3. Cool Lego VW
Ramping up the challenge, how about building a Lego street car.
If you have a Lego Car Kit you can make a really cool VW and a cool video clip as well:
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4. Lego Street View Car
If you are the ultimate geek then this is the Lego car project for you. It could take years, mathspigs, but worth the sweat.
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5. Lego Bike
Or just get on your Lego bike.
Sean Kenney is a Lego Artist. You can find more images @ incredible things and more amazing Lego art works @ Sean Kenney’s own website.
More amaaaaazing machines @ Lego Education UK
Get Ready for the Lego Olympics
February 23, 2012Get ready mathspigs. You need one Lego Man, Girl, Vampire or Alien each for this exercise. Now we are going to set out the Lego Olympics Athletics track.
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But this story of the Olympics begins with Carl Lewis, one of the greatest athletes of all time who won 9 Olympic Gold medals in 100m, 200m, relay and long jump.
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Carl Lewis
Mathspig needs to find out how big the Lego Olympics track would be. How? Easy.
Carl Lewis will be our standard Lego Man.
I chose Carl Lewis because he kindly gave me his autograph once when I sprinted in high heels across a ballroom floor at a sports dinner in Melbourne and beat all other journalists. It was my personal best in high heels, I think.
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This means everything at the Lego Olympics will be
1:50
of the real Olympics.
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The Lego Bird’s Nest Stadium @ Beijing will be 1/50th of the real Bird’s Nest Stadium. (Not the scale shown here). Pictures by Johor Bahru.
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The Lego Beijing Water Cube Swim Centre will be 1/50th of the Real Water Cube.
EXERCISE 1:
Now mathspiggies over to you. The first thing to do is calculate the Lego Olympic measurements (table below).
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EXERCISE 2:
Then mark out a Lego Olympics 100m sprint to scale and/or
draw a Lego Olympic track (in chalk, perhaps) and/or
step out a Lego Olympic marathon track and/or
make a pole vault pole to scale for your little Lego Man.
Or bring in a Lego Man/Girl/Pirate and step out the Marathon Track (840m to scale).
This little guy has to run 840 m!!!!! Wow!
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Structure 
Real Olympics 
Lego Olympics 
100m Sprint 
100m 
2m 
400m Sprint 
400m 

42 km marathon 
42,000m 

Olympic Pool Length 
50m 

Olympic Pool Width 
25m 

Olympic Rowing Course 
2,000m 

Equestrian Jump Height 
2m 

Approx Pole Vault Pole Length 
5.5m 

Javelin Length Men Women 
2.6m 2.2m 

Olympic Stadium Straight Segment Semicircle Radius inner Lane Lane Width 
84.39m 36.50m 2.5m 