The Tale of the Epic Library LEGO Wall

Putting up the final piece

Putting up the final piece

I’ve been dreaming up the idea of a LEGO wall for a long time.  I don’t know exactly when I first got the idea, but I do know that it came from seeing a LEGO wall on Pinterest sometime last spring.  The image stuck with me in my head, and I kept thinking about it.  Towards the end of last school year, my lunchtime coding club worked through the Code.org curriculum, earning us a sizeable DonorsChoose gift card.  We used that to purchase phase 1 of our LEGO wall plus some LEGOs and LEGO books.  After getting back this year, I took a look at the planned space with some of my students and we realized that we wanted to go all out and make this a huge 80″ by 80″ LEGO wall.  We created another DonorsChoose project for the remaining baseplates, and it was funded in a few weeks.

I kept tweeting out our LEGO walls plans as they were coming to reality, and it was getting some good attention.  Other teachers and librarians were getting inspired and creating their own LEGO walls.

It was so exciting to see so many others embracing this idea and going forward with it.

 

And another one…

Another awesome LEGO wall

Now that our LEGO wall is finally up, my kids can’t wait to start using it.  Tomorrow, I’ll be posting a detailed post on how we put it together, and what it looks like once the kids start building.

 

Sign says: Please do not touch... yet... (You can wait one more day for the epicness)

Sign says: Please do not touch… yet… (You can wait one more day for the epicness)

 


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a middle school media specialist/teacher librarian in Tampa, FL. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves (to be published August 2017). She is also the author of the forthcoming ISTE book, Reimagining School Libraries.

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  1. […] I wrote about everything that led up to us creating our Epic Library LEGO Wall – check out the post here.  Today is going to be more of a how-to.  I’ve had many, many people ask me how to build a […]

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