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. MoreToMath is for primary and second-grade students as an additional 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 product 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

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

Our challenge was to develop Lego models with a single image as a building instruction step, that could fit on the top of a page. Together with space needed for element overviews (bricks required) and activity questions, for a 45min class lesson, we had to prove this concept. We tested many iterations of model types with children to develop models with the right ease of build, mathematical content and appeal.

Creating an appeal

Through real-life themes with Lego mini figure guides, students learn the mathematical practices. These themes evolved through considering the 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 environment introduction images for classroom use allow teachers to introduce particular mathematical practices quickly.

Clear and friendly worksheets

There is a consistent design through all the 48 lessons developed. At the top of the page, an element overview indicates which bricks to collect, followed by the single instruction image of the model. Two Lego mini figure characters (Max and Mia) then take turns to ask questions around the math practice for the students to answer. The students do this by using the Lego bricks and recording on worksheets with pen or pencil. Our challenges were in providing the right amount of content, appeal and space both for students to document on and practical 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. It highlights an example of the problem-solving skills developed. The animation begins with the mini figures Max and Mia exploring the real world, discovering the math in it they are 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. This software enables students to show how they think with their hands as well as allowing teachers to prepare efficiently and present to the class. The software enables the students to be able to build on a display or smart board through dragging and dropping the virtual bricks in the set. We were involved in the early UI/UX design work for the interface to fit with the style guide.

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