Now – that is a lot of LEGO®!
In August 2013, Delaware’s John Dickinson High School set the World Record for the tallest LEGO® tower, at 112 feet, 11.75 inches (that’s 11 stories tall!). The LEGO® tower – constructed by students across the Red Clay Consolidated School District – is made up of more than 500,000 bricks and took months to complete.
Classes in all the schools in the district (primary, elementary and high schools as well as special needs schools) were assigned a piece to build. If you watch the video at the bottom of the post, you can see that some classes in particular worked hard to stamp their own identity on their piece. Rather than simply stack all the pieces into a square, they used the opportunity to create an Angry Bird, a US flag, or a message! Its a great way to get all the students in the district working together on a project, and taking pride in the result.
Beyond the High School build team, it was a summer-long project for students from all over Red Clay. Students were involved in different facets for the project including talking to architects and engineers, raising the sponsorship for the project, learning about proportions and ratios using the brick—and also the economics of buying hundreds of thousands of LEGO® pieces.
Here’s a shot of a few of the class sections arriving on site:
Here’s a perspective shot of the tower, with one of the engineering team standing by.
The tower is a fantastic achievement by a community working together. It is the first time ever that the world record for tallest LEGO® tower hasn’t been held by a country or the LEGO® company itself.
But lets face it – beyond all the feel-good messages about teamwork, etc, this is something that the kids involved will remember forever.
Photos used in this post came from the Huffington Post, HLNtv.com, and the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Check out this short video for more: