FAQ

What does Outside the Brick do?
What types of resources does Outside the Brick offer?
Why should I sign up for an account on Outside the Brick when I can just checkout as a guest?
How do I save files I purchased on Outside the Brick?
What is the difference between the eStore and the BrickLink store?
What is Brick Builder’s Academy?
What’s included in a Brick Builder’s Academy class?
Is Brick Builder’s Academy a reboot of the LEGO® Club that ran at CurrClick.com from 2011 through 2016?
What is the difference between your LEGO® Classes and Brick Builder’s Academy?
Can I use your classes in my co-op or classroom?
How are your online classes delivered?
Do I need any special software to participate in your classes?
What is your stance on Common Core or other governmental education standards? 

 

 

 

What does Outside the Brick do?

Outside the Brick focuses on providing resources and classes to help facilitate learning using LEGO®. Every parent and teacher knows that learning is much easier if you can tap into a kid’s passion – for a lot of kids, that passion is LEGO®. Often times, kids will have an easier time learning things hand-on using LEGO® bricks and elements. We provide downloadables and online classes to help kids, especially those who love LEGO®, learn. Whether you have a preschooler learning the basics or a teen struggling with more complex topics, our resources cover a wide area of subjects and age groups.

What types of resources does Outside the Brick offer?

We offer downloadable resources like LEGO®-themed worksheets, manipulatives,and unit studies. We also offer online classes, such as self-paced classes. All of our classes are delivered online and are teacher-supported. All classes have a build of some sort tied to the theme of that class or otherwise incorporate LEGO® bricks and elements into the learning.

Why should I sign up for an account on Outside the Brick when I can just checkout as a guest?

We always offer our customers the option to checkout as a guest, but creating an account on Outside the Brick does have its advantages. One big advantage is that no matter what happens to your files outside of our site, if you have an account, you will always be able to log back in and download another copy of the files for products you purchased. Creating an account also gives you access to exclusive coupons, deals, and events that may not be available to everyone else.

How do I save files I purchased on Outside the Brick?

Once you complete the checkout process, you will be provided with download links you can use to access your files. You will also receive an order confirmation email with the download links. If you checked out as a guest, please be sure to save to save these files to your hard drive or save the email confirmation.

If you created an account, you will receive the download links along with the order confirmation email, but you will also have access to your library which will contain all of your past orders and downloads so you can download a file as many times as you need. They’re always there waiting for you!

What is the difference between the eStore and the BrickLink store?

The eStore is where you can buy complete kits for any of our classes.  This includes kits for our online LEGO® Classes, Brick Builder’s Academy and mini-build kits.

The BrickLink store is great if you are only looking for individual pieces to round out one of your builds or to replace any pieces you may be missing. (Closed as of 12/1/17 for re-inventory)

What is Brick Builder’s Academy?

Brick Builder’s Academy is an online series of LEGO®-themed online classes from Outside the Brick.  They are subscription-based classes that you can work through within the subscription period of 120 days/4 months at your own pace.  All of the classes in Brick Builder’s Academy are just one lesson with instructions for an accompanying build and most classes take 15-60 minutes to go through the content and the build.  The video lessons are meant to give students a taste of the theme of the class and encourage them to explore more on their own.  These classes are also great for younger builders who are just starting their LEGO® journey and are a great way for any student to work LEGO® into their day.

This class is licensed to be used with one family only.  You can use this class with many different children within a family within your subscription period, but the content may not be transferred to another family.  Co-ops and teachers can find more information about using Brick Builder’s Academy in their settings by emailing outsidethebrick@gmail.com.

What’s included in a Brick Builder’s Academy class?

In each class you purchase:

  • This informational document
  • A video lesson with build-along
  • Picture instructions for the build.
  • A supply list (so you can use your own bricks, if desired)
  • A kit information sheet (if you would like to purchase a kit for the class)

Is Brick Builder’s Academy a reboot of the LEGO® Club that ran at CurrClick.com from 2011 through 2016?

Yes, it is!  Brick Builder’s Academy has been designed and is being run by the same person who led LEGO®Club at CurrClick, Roni Bergerson.  Brick Builder’s Academy is designed to look and feel very similar to LEGO®Club so former members will recognize it and feel at home.  Of course, new members are also welcome and you do not need to be a former member of LEGO®Club to join in the fun!

What is the difference between your LEGO® Classes and Brick Builder’s Academy?

Our LEGO® Classes tend to be longer and have more information in them surrounding one topic.  They make take a student more than one session to work through and tend to be quite thorough and/or deep in their exploration of that topic.

Brick Builder’s Academy classes are meant to be short, bite-sized classes based on one theme.  These are generally for younger students or for students who want a launching pad for their own exploration of the topics. These classes also are great for a monthly lesson featuring LEGO® bricks and elements for families who wish to work that into their learning schedule.

Both classes feature a LEGO® build related to the theme of the class, including a walk-through of how to build it.

Can I use your classes in my co-op or classroom?

Any of our classes are great for a co-op or classroom setting.  As our classes are licensed for one family only, please contact outsidethebrick@gmail.com for co-op or classroom information.

How are your online classes delivered?

We leverage the tools of Google in our classrooms.  This is a powerful platform that contains a variety of different features that make it a great place to host materials for classes.  On our class pages, you will find links to video lessons, files to download, and links to visit.

Do I need any special software to participate in your classes?

There are no special software requirements to participate in our classes, but a Google/Gmail account is required.  These are free and easy to set up.   You will need an internet browser (we recommend Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).  Your computer will need to be able to stream videos and view PDF files.  These classes are also available on mobile devices provided they have an internet browser installed and are able to view videos in .mp4 format and view PDF files.  There are worksheets and other handouts in our classes so having printer capability is strongly recommended.  If you would like the teacher to look over your build or assignment a camera and/or scanner are recommended so you can take and upload pictures/scans of your builds and class assignments.

If you ever have any questions or need assistance for this class, our inbox is always open.  Please contact us at outsidethebrick@gmail.com with any questions or problems you may have.

What is your stance on Common Core or other governmental education standards? 
Materials from Outside the Brick are specifically created with the highest learning standards in mind. These standards come not from the government or any other governing body, but from  homeschooling parent perspectives over a decade long. Materials from Outside the Brick are not considered complete and ready for release unless they meet the highest standards of what we, as homeschooling parents, would give to our own children.The only mass-produced materials we incorporate into our program are authorized LEGO® bricks and elements. All other materials are created by hand, from scratch, and that is the way we intend to keep it.