The February 2018 LEGO® Challenge is here! LEGO® Challenges from Outside the Brick are back and they’re unlike any challenge you’ve ever seen before. As a homeschooling mom and a teacher, I appreciate the learning value in all activities – as I’m sure you all do. So, with that in mind, I try to put learning opportunities into everything at Outside the Brick. These LEGO® challenges are no exception. First, a little bit of information about how to participate in these challenges.
How do these LEGO® challenges work?
On the first of each of each month (unless it’s a holiday or weekend, then it’s the next available weekday), a new challenge will be released, which you can do as your schedule allows. There is no expiration for any of these challenges. Feel free to pick and choose the challenges you want to participate in. You can always find the links to all the challenges on the LEGO® Challenge page.
You can create your build a few different ways:
- You can use your own bricks and elements.
- You can use LEGO® Digital Designer.
- You can use MLCad.
- You can build it on MecaBricks.com.
If you create your build digitally (using a software or website), take a screenshot or two, save them to your hard drive and upload them in one of the ways below to respond to the challenge.
When you’ve built something in response to a challenge, post your picture in any of the following ways:
- Our Facebook page
- Tweet it to us at @OutsidetheBrick
- Tag us on Instagram @outsidethebrick
- Post the photo on the social media platform of your choice and label it with the hashtag #otblegochallenge
- Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a printable sheet to go with every challenge where you can tape or glue a picture of your build to keep. You may want to add this to your LEGO® idea book or into your school portfolio.
Be sure to tell us a little bit about your build and you can include the first name of the builder and where you’re from, if you feel comfortable. Your picture will then be placed on the Wall of Fame for that challenge. When others visit the challenge page, they will be able to see all the previous submissions for that challenge.
The challenge for this month is to build something that relates to the Winter Olympics.
The 2018 Winter Olympics (XXIII Olympic Winter Games) will run from February 9 through February 25 in PyeongChang County, South Korea.
The Winter Olympics will consist of 102 events in 15 different sports – the first Winter Olympics to have more than 100 events that will award medals. A total of ninety-two nations will be participating in these games. Sports that are a part of the 2018 Winter Olympics include: alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skating, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating. Lots of ideas for this challenge! Don’t worry about what you’re “supposed” to build, build what you want to build. Here are some ideas:
- A scene of a Winter Olympics sport happening.
- A re-creation of the official sports symbols in the Winter Olympics.
- Something related to the Olympics, but not specifically Summer or Winter Olympics or related to any specific sport (the Olympics rings, logo for the 2018 Winter Olympics, an awards podium, etc.)
Did you know?
- In the 1928 Winter Olympic games, a sport called Skijoring was entered as a demonstration sport, which means no medals were awarded for it. In this sport, athletes on skis were pulled by horses in a race. As fun as this sounds to watch, the sport never again returned to the Winter Olympics.
- In the 1964 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a lack of snow prompted calls to the Austrian army to climb nearby mounts and cart snow and ice to the Olympic venues so the games could continue.
- American athlete, Eddie Eagan, was the only person to ever win a gold medal at both the Winter and Summer Olympic games. In the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, he won a gold medal for light-heavyweight boxing. In the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, he was part of a 4-man bobsled team that won gold.
- Norway has won the most medals at the Winter Olympics since the first games in Chamonix, France in 1924.
- The mascot for the 2018 Winter Olympics is Soohorang, a white tiger, considered to be the guardian animal of Korea.
For some added inspiration, here is my Winter Olympics build. Good luck and have fun! I can’t wait to see all your builds!