April 2018 LEGO® Challenge – Earth Day Challenge

The April 2018 LEGO® Challenge is here! If you want to find out more about how these challenges work, you can read more about it on the LEGO® Challenge page.

You can download the printable sheet for this month and use it to record your build.  When you’re done, put it in your school portfolio, in your LEGO idea book, on the fridge, or wherever you want people to see it.

Earth Day is on April 22nd.  Earth Day can mean different things to different people so this month, I want you to think about what Earth Day means to you. So, for this month’s challenge, build something to celebrate Earth Day or build something that shows what Earth Day means to you.

Now, this will vary for everyone.  You may love animals and want to help them.  You may be a fan of rain forests and are concerned about the state they’re in.  You may be passionate about conservation of resources and are interested in finding different sources of energy.  Don’t worry about what you’re “supposed” to build, build what you want to build.  Here are some words that may spark an idea for you:

  • Clean energy (wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal)
  • Pollution (chemicals, garbage, plastic)
  • Rain forests (deforestation, native peoples, plants and animals)
  • Waste (landfills, reduce, reuse, recycle)
  • Ecosystem (plants, animals, ecology, biodiversity)
  • Conservation (rain barrel, composting)

You may be wondering what, “What is Earth Day and how did it become a holiday?”  Well, here is a great video that explains the origins of Earth Day.  Enjoy!

Now that you know what Earth Day is and its history, here are some interesting facts about the day:

    • More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year. Here are some ways you can reduce the junk mail that shows up in your mailbox.
    • Frightening Fact: Half the world’s tropical and temperate forests are now gone. Find out why they’re important and what you can do to help.
    • It is the largest non-religious holiday in the world. The Earth Day Network partners with more than 20,000 organizations in 192 countries to organize Earth Day events. An estimated billion people worldwide participate in Earth Day activities making it the most widely celebrated non-religious holiday on the planet.
    • Some communities and schools choose to celebrate Earth Week, allowing for more time to make the earth the focus of teaching and study. Is your school celebrating this year?
    • Earth Day faced political opposition from the very beginning.  People at several points on the political spectrum accused Earth Day of a variety of things from not going far enough to save the Earth to allowing corporations guilty of polluting the environment to appear environmentally-focused, if only for one day a year, to accusations that Earth Day was really a tribute to Vladimir Lenin.

     

For some added inspiration, here is my Earth Day build – the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle symbol.  Good luck and have fun!  I can’t wait to see all your builds!

Earth Day LEGO Challenge

 

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