Mathematics is Awesome

The Lego Movie assembles math and design into a most wonderful adventure!

The Lego Movie assembles math and design into a most wonderful adventure!

In the Lego movie, everything revolves around systematic perfection. Everybody wakes up at the same time, everybody listens to the same song, and everything is in its right place. Living in a world where everything is awesome and everyone follows the same instructions sure sounds good! Little does one unassumingly ordinary Lego character named Emmet knows, he is about to embark on a journey that will change his perspective of awesome forever.

Teamwork and imagination goes a long way in The Lego Movie!

Teamwork, building skills and imagination go a long way!

Lego toys are the ultimate building blocks of creative learning. The idea that many worlds revolve around one plastic brick is baffling, yet that is Lego’s main purpose. So what does a toy have to do with math? A lot actually! Did you know that when you’re playing with Lego toys, you’re also practising math? This is because Lego was made with a system in mind, a system that grows through a combination of equations and imagination.

Firstly, Lego bricks are great tools for learning. Lego bricks and their studs are easy to count, easy to stack, and colourfully fun to engage in. This is why teachers worldwide have been using Lego bricks to build a strong foundation of mathematics.

Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd grade teacher in New York, uses Lego bricks to explain fractions, squares and other mathematical theories. Image via www.scholastic.com.

Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd grade teacher in New York, uses Lego bricks to explain fractions, squares and other mathematical theories. Read more about her at www.scholastic.com.

Secondly, Lego bricks are used to strengthen creativity through carefully calculated design. Architects adore exploring with Lego bricks because they have the potential to grow from a floor, to a beautiful structure. Lego even launched a line of architecture wonders called Architecture Studio.

World-renowned leaders in building design have given the innovative Studio series their enthusiastic seal of approval.

World-renowned leaders in building design have given the innovative Studio series their enthusiastic seal of approval.

Fun fact: Vitruvius’ character from The Lego Movie is actually based on a real person. Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, otherwise known as “the first architect”, was a famous Roman architect. His books, De Architectura (On Architecture) cover ancient Greek and Roman architecture, as well as a range of topics that includes mathematics.

Thirdly, many fans of Lego create innovative robotic inventions out of these simple blocks and a few coding tricks. Since Lego bricks are so versatile, people love inventing with them. Check out this truly awesome McNuggets vending machine made out of Lego that actually dispenses nuggets AND sauce packs!

But don’t let these simple Lego bricks fool you; it takes practised precision and mathematical know-how to make something truly unique, which is why math is such an important –  and awesome – skill to develop!

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