Since September 2019, DCHS students across multiple year groups have been part of a top-secret pilot project with the Lego Foundation. The project, run in conjunction with local creative company CCE Insights, aimed to test out a class set of ‘Lego Creative Toolkits’ to see if they would enhance learning for students, with a view to then rolling out the packs as a free resource for all schools in the future.
The pilot involved 15 schools in the UK and 15 in Denmark, and DCHS was lucky to have 30 toolkits available for staff to use. The kits are still in school and can be used for the remainder of the academic year.
Initially the toolkits were thought to be more suitable for Primary Schools, although soon we learned of interesting ways to use them with students right the way up to year 13. Inside the packs (which were top secret until now) there are a selection of Lego bricks with words such as ‘create’, ‘build’, ‘take apart’ and ‘reflect’ written on. Some additional bricks have happy and sad faces, and some are blank, with a special pen provided to write new concepts or ideas on the bricks themselves.
Students in Mr Hay’s Art classes have used the toolkits to explore what it is to be creative, and have found ways of identifying the processes they used to generate artwork, giving them a new way of expressing themselves and providing a visual journey for their records.
In Mrs Bush’s English lessons the bricks were used with gothic tasks to help students reflect on teamwork and communication skills, as well as being used to recall content such as the plot and feelings of characters in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’.
CCE Insights were so impressed with some of the student work that they revisited school and filmed students from 7ML and 8JTT using the kits, footage which subsequently featured in the short film below. This film was used at the international Lego Conference in February, and can now be shared with you.
As a result of the pilot project some elements of the toolkits will likely be modified before production begins. The Lego Foundation is a separate, philanthropic branch of the wider Lego company and, therefore, if the kits are rolled out to all schools this will be done for the benefit of students and not for profit. Excellent news as we found the toolkits incredibly helpful in getting our students working together, expressing themselves creatively and thinking outside of the box.