January 15, 2016

# Hello 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.

Lego Mean, Median and Mode

Lego Algebra

But Mathspig has always lerved Lego Maths. Here are just a few examples;

Ratios: Lego Olympics

Ratios: The Rosetta Project Scaled down to a Lego Universe

Other links to

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.

# Mathspig

## Lego Fractions

January 15, 2016

Here 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 and Mode

Lego Algebra

## Lego Mean, Median, Mode

January 15, 2016

Students can calculate the Mean, Median and Mode using Lego. Here is the exciting part:

The lego stacks become the graph

# STARTwith40LEGOBRICKS

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, 2016

This 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, 2012

### 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 atDiscovery News and more cool curves and loops @ Sanders Brick Bending Blog

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# 2. Going Bloomin’ Crazy

### 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 @ sayhi-todesign 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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May 29, 2012

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