Lego Education

Lego Education_MoreToMath

Building mathematical confidence through hands-on problem solving

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We were delighted to have worked with the Math team at Lego Education to help them develop their first mathematical portfolio product called MoreToMath. Aimed at first and second grade students as a supplementary product within lesson plans the set engages students with math practices through hands-on problem solving activities.

We worked with bringing the idea to life in the concept phase and supported as design lead in all the experience touch points from themes, activities and models, layout, graphical content and packaging as well as animation storyboards and early UI/UX concepts on digital elements with apps and interactive tools.

Hands on testing for ability

One of the most exciting and innovative ideas around the concept is the 1 worksheet per lesson. We worked with this to simplify, support teaching and reduce the amount of paper required. Classic Lego models come with multi page building instructions that have a complexity that we wanted to avoid.

Our challenge was to develop Lego models with a single instructional building step/image that could fit on a single page together with element overviews (bricks needed) and activity questions for a 45min class lesson. In order to prove this we tested many iterations of model types on children to develop models with the right ease of build, mathematical content and appeal.

Creating an appeal

It is through real life themes with guiding mini figure characters in Lego that students learn the mathematical practices. These themes evolved through considering appeal to the age group and relevance to the math practice and lesson content. Animals and Insects and Outdoors are for 1st grade students, while the themes Sports and Food are for 2nd grade students. Supporting introduction images for classroom use allow teachers to easily introduce the particular mathematical practice through the appealing real world settings and friendly Lego characters. The final illustrations were completed by JaFilm.

Clear and friendly worksheets

The process of working through all the activity worksheets is consistent through the total 48 lessons that were developed. The Element overview at the top of the page indicate which bricks to collect followed by the single instruction image model to be built. 2 mini figure characters (Max and Mia) then take turns to ask questions around the math practice for the students to answer, through using the Lego bricks and recording on the worksheets. Our challenges were in providing the right amount of content, appeal and space both for students to record on and translation into multiple languages.

An introduction to getting hands on

We worked on the concept, storyboard and direction for the short animation that introduces the set through highlighting an example of the problem solving skills that are developed through the set. The animation begins with the mini figures Max and Mia exploring the real world, discovering the math in it and being transported into a mathematical world of problem solving where answers generate fun rewards.

Digital Tools

The MathBuilder software developed for the set supplements the physical building and enables students to show how they think with their hands as well as enabling teachers to easily prepare and present to the class. The software allows the students to be able to build on the screen or smart board through dragging and dropping the virtual bricks in the set. We were involved on the early UI/UX work on the interface for fit with the style guide.

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