Teach abstract concepts in concrete ways.
Using a collection of basic LEGO® bricks, educators can teach cross-cutting concepts about matter in biology, chemistry, and earth science.
Obtaining the Set
You can collect the LEGO bricks yourself and download the teaching materials from this website, or you may inquire about purchasing a complete classroom set (with LEGO bricks, laminated layout mats, teacher guides and student pages) from us. As a public service, the MIT Edgerton Center offers the sets at cost. Kits are also assembled by groups who volunteer their time. Download the 2-page Edgerton Center Molecule Set 2016.pdf document to learn more.
Students are introduced to molecules, atoms, chemical notation, and chemical compounds through an engaging hands-on wet lab, and models of atoms made with LEGO bricks.
This lesson allows students to concretely experience the photosynthesis reaction by building models of the reactants and products with LEGO bricks.
Using LEGO bricks as atoms, the students build a model of air and then combust fuel models to produce additional carbon dioxide and air pollutants.
Various Additional Modules
Several additional reactions have been modeled with LEGO bricks - students build the reactants and products using a layout mat.