Making of a Maker Space: Lego Wall

There has been a big gap in this blog for a good reason…I am in the process of planning and building a Maker Space in my school. It is in the early stages, but I thought I would dive into a maker project of my own – a lego wall from scratch.

I must say that I am not the first to design and build a wall for lego exploration. After searching on Pintrest, I stubbled on a blog by Diana Rendina, (Renovated Learning at https://dianarendina.wordpress.com/). She posted about building her epic wall, and it inspired me to try creating one.

The only big change is that I used a mobile wall to build on, as one of our goals in the L.L.C. (Library Learning Commons) is to have everything on wheels (or light enough to move easily).

Here is the adventure in pictures:

Step 1 – Find the materials!

Blank slate...we found this at our school in an old storage room. Lucky find!
Blank slate…we found this at our school in an old storage room. Lucky find! Free for us, but I’m guessing between $300 – $500 new.
Hard board from the local hardware store. Cut to size just for us!
Hard board from the local hardware store. Cut to size just for us! It was around $14.
Base plates (I bought 10 sets at $44 each, but I did not use all of the panels in the end) and special construction adhesive caulking (get at least 2 tubes...approx. $9 each).
Base plates (I bought 10 sets at $44 each, but I did not use all of the panels in the end) and special construction adhesive caulking (get at least 2 tubes…approx. $9 each).
I took this picture of me ready to go, but I forgot to show a picture of the plates with adhesive. Make sure you put a big X on the back of each plate, with glue at the corners as well. Some blogs even recommended using spray glue in addition to the caulking.
I took this picture of me ready to go, but I forgot to show a picture of the plates with adhesive. Make sure you put a big X on the back of each plate, with glue at the corners as well. Some blogs even recommended using spray glue in addition to the caulking.

Step 2: Getting started

You will notice each lego stud has the word 'lego' stamped on it. If you think it will bug you...remember to line all of the words so they are going the same way!
You will notice each lego stud has the word ‘lego’ stamped on it. If you think it will bug you…remember to line all of the words so they are going the same way!
You can see that it started to take shape very quickly. Remember to use lego bricks to keep the micro space between each plate (just like spacers used when tiling). Take your time!
You can see that it started to take shape very quickly. Remember to use lego bricks to keep the micro space between each plate (just like spacers used when tiling). Take your time:)

Step 3: Waiting

I'm too excited to sleep! At least that is how I felt while waiting the 48 hours for the wall to set.
I’m too excited to sleep! At least that is how I felt while waiting the 48 hours for the wall to set.

Step 4: Time to Play

I did not even have time to take a picture without lego on the wall! The kids attacked it. We love it already!
I did not even have time to take a picture without lego on the wall! The kids attacked it. We love it already!
sign
First symbol…can you guess what it is?
swimmer
Just for fun. Lego creature swimming…the arms can move because there are smaller pieces underneath.
monsters
Lego math – can you see the patterns?

I am excited to see where the wall will take us. The kids have already found new and interesting ways to build with lego on the wall, and they have even made curriculum connections I could not even imagine. This is going to be interesting.

I’ll keep you posted!

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