100 Brick Challenge and Other Work From Instructions

5) Build a symbol that represents each of the following concepts: Love, Grit, and Action.

Tell me more: Our sister program, Studio H, is a design and building class based at REALM Charter School. REALM’s school values are love, grit and action, and we were invited to lead a school-wide design challenge based on those themes. The brick is the school symbol, so it made sense for us to use that as a building material, and we invited students in teams to respond to six mini challenges:
  1. Build the tallest structure possible using all 100 bricks. (8 minutes)
  2. Build a perfect circle in silence using exactly half of your bricks. Your entire team must fit inside the circle. (6 minutes)
  3. Design and build a robot that has a specific purpose. Give it a name and present it to the entire group. (10 minutes)
  4. Build a pyramid using all bricks. (5 min)
  5. Build a symbol that represents each of the following concepts: Love, Grit, and Action. (12 min)
  6. Build a domino effect using all bricks that crushes an egg at the end. (20 min)

Classroom applications: We think about the brick challenge in the same way we frame other creative activities: see the IKEA bag challenge for more on how we think about creative constraints. We’re also inspired by Sol LeWitt, the artist whose “Work from Instructions” established written rules for making his pieces. LeWitt often hired people to complete these pieces; it would be interesting to invite students to respond to his own instructions or for them to write their own.

Going further:

  • The Museum of Modern Art has a collection of resources related to Sol LeWitt’s work, available here.
100 Brick Challenge and Other Work From Instructions100 Brick Challenge and Other Work From Instructions