Pupils build the change one LEGO® piece at a time

Five London Primary partner schools came together this month to celebrate the culmination of their ‘Build the Change’ projects at the London LEGO®  hub.

The ‘Build the Change’ project empowers pupils to create change in their school. Through a systematic and design-thinking approach, the pupils were encouraged to refine and build a “change case” for an identified school challenge.

The six week project is run by City Year volunteer mentors alongside a LEGO® mentor assigned to each school. The participating schools include: Sebright Primary School, Shoreditch Park Primary School, Lauriston Primary School, Daubeney Primary School and Morningside Primary School.

The programme took the pupils through a funnel down approach, working initially as individuals then as a team as ideas were incorporated and refined, the result of which is a group creation where every child has had an input.  The aim was for the pupils to feel empowered to make change and improve the world they live in and understand the impact of change.

The ideas were presented to the LEGO Group and City Year UK staff at the London LEGO® hub. Pupils were given an exclusive tour of the offices and commented, “Best trip ever!”.

Staff were impressed with the concepts and delivery of the presentations. Each group took questions from the audience and showcased their knowledge of their project and how it will successfully tackle the identified school challenge.

The Build the Change school programme was a fantastic way to show children that they can create change and impact their community and the environment in positive ways. Taking them through an iterative, design-thinking type approach allowed them to combine, challenge and collaborate on ideas in ways they probably weren’t used to. The results were brilliant – super creative and full of fun.

Simon Claridge, Head of Site said: “The Build the Change programme has been a great project for City Year UK to be part of. It highlights the commitment of our volunteer mentors and the excellent leadership skills they have developed in running this project in their partner school. Seeing pupils develop in confidence and challenge ideas in creative way has been a huge highlight of this programme and we hope to support more pupils with LEGO® activities in the future.”

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