|My Ed Tech World|
This week in 4th grade STEAM class we had an awesome time building LEGO mazes as part of our Toy Story STEAM Mania unit. The kids were so in to this activity! I gave them pretty simple and straight forward directions - their task was to use one baseplate to construct a maze in which a marble could travel from one side to the other. I asked them to keep in mind the size of their workspace and make use of the whole space. We talked about ways they could use the space so their marble wouldn't simply travel in a straight line (dead ends, twists, ramps, etc.). The students came up with so many more great things that I hadn't even thought of - archways to clearly mark the entrance and exit, having some of the maze that had a "roof" over it (so you couldn't clearly see where your marble was), ramps that would jump you to the next part of the maze, and building a staircase entrance. I was so impressed by their creativity and perseverance when they asked me to test their maze and I sent them back with feedback and ways to improve the complexity. Every single student stepped up, made the improvements, asked for more feedback, and then had their table partners test their maze. It was awesome how each maze was different students incorporated so many elements into their design. This was truly a test of not only their creativity, but also critical thinking. They all wanted a maze that would make me have to work to solve it - and I was okay with that!
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