The Lego collection in my school library is insanely popular. I stock the standard books, the minifig books, the special theme books, and even the super-cool creation books.
It’s the last group of books from artist Sean Kenney that I think are so amazing. Rather than an encyclopedia, they encourage creativity and imagination in building unique creations using a handful (or more) of regular, non-specialty Legos. I ordered a set in March 2013 and just re-ordered duplicate copies. They’re fast becoming the most popular Lego books in my library!
This year, since my school is part of a district-wide STEM pilot, we have formed Lego clubs. The 4th and 5th grades are in Lego Robotics, while the K-3rd participate in Lego We-Do. And guess who is leading a We-Do club? Yes! Me! For eight weeks, I get to guide students in creating cool Lego creatures and objects that have the capability to be programmed to move and make sound. Like true engineers, many lessons have a test component that allows students to change gears, toms and other Lego pieces and observe the results. The kit is small, but the result is big. I’ve not seen a group of 12 K-3rd students as actively engaged as when building from the We-Do kit.
I bring this up because as I observed the students build last week, I realized that the creativity required in the We-Do program matches well with what Sean Kenney showcases in his Lego books. This has So Much Potential. Possible library display to kick of 2014? I think YES!