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Design a Female LEGO Figurine

Students will select a woman who works in a STEM field, design a LEGO figurine of her and write a letter to NASA explaining why the woman deserves to be featured as an official LEGO figurine.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, brainstorm a list of women who work in STEM-science, technology, engineering and math-fields. If you wish, have the class conduct research to identify more women to add to the list. 
  2. Invite students to select one woman from the list. Encourage them to conduct research to learn all about the woman they picked and her career. As students search for information, instruct them to also find photos of the woman at work.
  3. Using the photos as inspiration, challenge students to design a LEGO figurine of the woman and her workplace. 
  4. Have students write a letter to LEGO pitching their idea. Instruct students to explain why the woman is deserving of a LEGO figurine and how including her in a new LEGO set would be beneficial to students interested in STEM 

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their figurines and letters with the class. After all presentations are complete, challenge the class to identify ways that the candidates presented could be categorized into groups that could be featured in new LEGO sets.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Instruct each group to select one woman and conduct research to learn about her career. Then have them study the photos they found, brainstorm ideas for a figurine and draw a picture showing their design. Once their designs are complete, give groups time to write letters to LEGO pitching their ideas.
Grades 5-6:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Instruct each group to select one woman and conduct research to learn about her career. Have them study the photos they found and brainstorm ideas for a figurine and the woman's workplace. Encourage them to draw pictures of each. Once their designs are complete, give groups time to write letters to LEGO pitching their ideas. 
Grades 7-8:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Instruct partners to select one woman and conduct research to learn about her career. Have them study the photos they found and brainstorm ideas for a figurine, the woman's workplace and any accessories they might want to include. Encourage them to draw pictures of each item in their new LEGO set. Once their designs are complete, give groups time to write letters to LEGO pitching their ideas. 
Grades 9-10:
Instruct each student to select one woman and conduct research to learn about her career. Have students study the photos they found and brainstorm ideas for a figurine, the woman's workplace and any accessories they might want to include. Encourage them to draw pictures of each item in their new LEGO set. You may also want to provide an assortment of LEGOs and have students build models of their designs. Students can create paper models of any items that are missing. Once their designs are complete, give students time to write letters to LEGO pitching their ideas.