THE LEGO CIVICS PROJECT
Build Your Lego City. Then Learn to Govern it...
The Lego Civics Project
As our students build a fully-planned and intricately-designed model Lego city, they also learn to govern it. Students study elections, constitutions, flags, currency, economics, budgets and the environment as they serve on a city council which must make key governing decisions about the city. Students have the opportunity to run for mayor, open their own business, debate city issues and respond to natural disasters and citizen concerns. An engaging, hands-on way to supplement your social studies curriculum.
- Project is used with 3rd, 4th or 5th grade classrooms (or combinations of grades). We can work with a single classroom or two combined classrooms at a time.
- We offer between 3-15 hour programs (you choose the length). Programs can be split into 1.5-2 hour sessions or run as half-day sessions.
- Teacher are asked to attend to help assist but do not need to do any preparation. We bring powerpoints, worksheets, legos, materials and lesson plans.
- Our teachers are master's degree holders with at least six years of classroom teaching experience in elementary schools.
See a Sneak Peek of the Lego Civics Project!
- Serve on the city council of their Lego City
- Learn about laws and the rules of society and create a city constitution
- Learn about the meaning of symbols on flags and design their own city flag
- Run for mayor or serve as campaign manager for another student running (if they choose not to run) and create a campaign platform stating opinions on each of the campaign issues
- Give or help write a campaign re-election speech to voters outlining issue positions
- Learn about important civics-related topics as taxes, immigration, the environment and the First Amendment
- Learn about and make decisions related to urban environmental issues
- Learn about natural disasters and respond to "events" that take place in the Lego City