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Re: HIT: Lego Wall - any in high school??

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Mary Bangert <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 5 Jun 2018 06:56:25 -0500

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Were any of these done in a high school?

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> On Jun 3, 2018, at 4:30 PM, Evelyn Reakes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Original post 05/21/18:
> 
> We are planning on building a Lego wall in our library this summer. I have
> done research on building a Lego wall and have found some good DIY
> information. I am not a Lego aficionado and have a question (or two..)
> about Lego brick sizes vs Lego wall,  base plates, etc...
> 
> We are looking at purchasing the 10" x 10" base plates to build the wall. I
> am guessing that this is a standard base plate size  for creating a Lego
> wall (?).
> 
> Questions:
> 1) Is the 10" x 10" base plate size the way to go with building a Lego wall?
> 2) Does the 10"x 10" size base plate use standard Lego bricks?
> 3) Are the standard Lego bricks the way to go with creating a Lego wall?
> 4) Any suggestions on purchasing a starter amount of Legos for the wall? I
> am going to suggest to my principal to hold a "Back to School Lego Drive"
> to get kids excited and to allow them some ownership in this. However, I am
> thinking we probably want to have some Legos on hand just in case......
> 
> Any tips / words of wisdom / information on building a Lego wall, or about
> Legos in general, are welcome.
> 
> *****
> 
> Responses:
> 
> 
> I bought 10 x 10" self-adhesive base plates online (Amazon) that are LEGO
> compatible and they work great. We also tried to get LEGO
> donations by having a drive at the high school but people do not want to
> give them up! You might try garage sales??? I ended up buying some during
> Black Friday and got them half-price at Wal-Mart.
> 
> *****
> I built a lego wall this year in my library and in my opinion it turned out
> wonderful!! We put up Plywood on the wall and used liquid nails to put the
> base plates up.
> 
> Yes use standard lego bricks!
> 
> I bought almost everything off of Amazon. I used the generic 10x10 plates-
> link: http://a.co/8rBnn29
> I have lego brand legos and off brand legos and they all work on the board
> the same. I bought my lego brand legos at wal-mart, my off brand legos I
> bought on amazon-link: http://a.co/4iOb7z7
> 
> The one thing I liked about having the lego brand legos, is they came with
> a lego separator tool, which is really helpful when removing legos off of
> the wall!
> 
> My lego wall is 9 plates x 7 plates (63 plates total)
> 
> When putting the base plates on the wall, make sure to put legos on the
> seams as you build it so you can build seamlessly across the wall, it helps
> keep the plates spread evenly apart. Connect at seams on all sides and in
> the corners where two-four connect.
> 
> I used a level to make sure the plates were level, every time I put a plate
> up I made sure it was level on all sides.
> 
> After it was built, we waited 48 before removing the legos that connected
> the plates.
> 
> ****
> I think it’s a great idea and your students will love it, but be
> forewarned: LEGO’s are expensive!!
> Also, if you are getting a bunch of them, you may want to try some
> literacy-based activities with them. I was amazed (and praised by teachers)
> when I tried it in K-5….
> Let me know if you want more info…
> 
> *****
> 
> I created one last school year which was grant funded.  It might be the
> single most popular part of my library program!  The contractors used
> regular Lego base plates, I think mine were 12x12.  They used regular epoxy
> to attach them to my cinder block wall.  As part of the grant I received 3
> of the following kits, which were dwarfed in the bin that they purchased
> for me.  I also had a giant bin that I stole from my own children (they had
> outgrown them!).  I have since been supplementing as I can.  The best
> source that I've found so far is Goodwill.  They have Ebay type auctions on
> lots of Legos - by the pound!  I'm in a Title I middle school, so my
> population might be different from yours, but I think your idea of a
> start-of-the-year Lego drive is excellent!!!  I'm including a picture of my
> wall, just in case that's helpful to you!  Good luck!  :0), Barbara
> 
> https://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Classic-Large-Creative-Brick/
> dp/B00NHQF6MG/ref=sr_1_9?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=
> 1526909819&sr=1-9&keywords=lego
> 
> *****
> 
> We built a Lego wall in our makerspace three years ago and it has been a
> huge hit! Here are my answers to your questions (although others may have
> different answers):
> 
> 1) We used the 10X10 base plates and they are perfect. The green pops out
> against the industrial beige walls. Be sure you have some sort of base to
> attach them to (we used plywood and had that attached to the wall). We used
> Gorilla glue to attach them. One word of advice: as you are gluing them on,
> use regular Lego bricks to attach the plates to each other so they are
> evenly matched. You can remove the Legos when the glue is dry.
> 
> 2) Yes, the 10X10 plates take standard Legos.
> 
> 3) Yes, absolutely! Use the standard blocks as Duplos are way too large.
> 
> 4) I have at least 40 large shoeboxes of Legos (sorted by color) and I
> never purchased one Lego! We had a drive and had a raffle. Local businesses
> donated items and students received one raffle ticket for a small ziplock
> bag of Legos. We also had a family donate three large garbage bags of Legos
> (i guess Mom was trying to make a point to her kids by getting rid of their
> Legos...)
> 
> *****
> 
> I built a teeny tiny Lego wall in my teeny tiny media center. Here are a
> few things I'd share about it.
> I used the 10x10 base plates and affixed them with caulking compound
> directly to the wall!  The thing is, the kids prefer to play on the two
> used lego tables I purchased on ebay.  They also just take the extra base
> plates and build directly on them.
> I am at a Title I school. I was sure I was not going to get any lego
> donations! But I got so much that I still have a huge box of lego pieces in
> my back room!  The first student came in the very next day.  He brought me
> a box of Minecraft Legos and I actually was refusing it, thinking his mom
> would not want him to give those away. But he also gave me a form I asked
> parents to sign saying they agreed to let their children donate legos.
> Also I took a photo of the 7 students who donated to the wall and it hangs
> above it.
> I have no management issues: everyone who wants to gets to play, they have
> to share.
> The most popular legos are wheels and car parts and windows. They also like
> duplo cars and people/animals.
> Some of my creative students made Beyblades (tops) out of legos and have
> battles on the tables as well.  I let them write their names in a dry erase
> marker on the beyblades and keep them in a box for them.
> Finally, SLJ asked me to write a story about my experience.
> https://www.slj.com/2016/09/standards/hey-i-built-a-lego-
> wall-heres-how/#comment-530734
> 
> *****
> 
> Thanks everyone for the great input!
> 
> evie
> 
> -- 
> *Evelyn Reakes, MSLIS*
> *School Library Media Specialist*
> *Epiphany Catholic School (PK-8)*
> *Lake City, FL*
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