How Tall Can a LEGO Tower Get? – Life’s Biggest Questions

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While getting caught up on my reading in Feedly this morning I encountered a.
new comic from The Oatmeal. The comic addresses the concern, “how tall can a LEGO tower get?” (Its a copyright-protected work so youll need to see it on The Oatmeal site). The comic is based upon a 2012 BBC short article entitled.
How Tall Can a LEGO Tower Get? The comic and the article triggered me to turn to YouTube for videos about constructing huge LEGO towers. YouTube did not disappoint me in my look for videos that discuss the math and physics highlighted in the BBCs article and The Oatmeals comic..

Applications for Education.
Before showing students the video or the short article discussed above, I d have them make guesses as to the answer then write out lists of the variables that they can think of that would influence how high the tower might get. After they view the video I d have a little classroom contest to see who can develop the highest tower with the LEGOs offered in my class.

The video explains the math that was used by scientists at The Open University to figure how high a LEGO tower would get prior to the blocks collapsed under their own weight. Of course, the mathematical response presumes that the tower wouldnt fall over prior to reaching its optimal height.

The comic and the article prompted me to turn to YouTube for videos about developing giant LEGO towers. The video explains the math that was used by researchers at The Open University to figure how tall a LEGO tower would get before the blocks collapsed under their own weight. Prior to showing trainees the video or the article discussed above, I d have them make guesses as to the answer then write out lists of the variables that they can believe of that would affect how high the tower could get. After they watch the video I d have a little class contest to see who can build the highest tower with the LEGOs readily available in my classroom.

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