The January 2018 LEGO® Challenge is here! Happy 2018 everyone! 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 a winter scene.
Now, this will vary for everyone. If you’re like me and live in an area that gets cold with lots of snow, your scene will look different from the scene of someone who lives somewhere warm without an obvious “winter” season. Don’t worry about what you’re “supposed” to build, build what you want to build. Here are some ideas:
- Build a snow fort.
- Build a winter forest.
- Build a scene showing your favorite winter sport or outdoor winter activity.
- Build a scene of you and your friends goofing around outside in the winter.
- Build a scene of what you think winter life is like for animals who live outside.
While you’re thinking about what to build, here are some cool (see what I did there?) facts about winter:
- One inch of rain equals about 10 inches of snow.
- Have you ever heard thunder in winter? It’s possible, but rare. This happens when warmer air rises from the ground to form swirling masses of air in the sky.
- Snow falls from the sky at 1 to 6 feet per second. Small little ice pellets fall faster, while larger snow flakes act as tiny parachutes and gently float to the ground.
- Giant snowballs have washed up onto beaches in northwest Siberia. Snow and ice in the lakes were naturally formed into balls by the movement of the water. Since ice floats in water, they washed up on shore.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth happened at Vostok Station in Antarctica on July 21, 1983 where it reached -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-98.2 degrees Celsius).
- It is estimated that each winter 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 1 septillion) snowflakes fall from the sky.
For some added inspiration, here is my winter scene build. Good luck and have fun! I can’t wait to see all your builds!