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Coding & Tech

Engineering Design for Kids

Pull out your LEGO collection and discover how you can create your own designs!
Ian Nelson
2491 total reviews for this teacher
276 reviews for this class
Completed by 1247 learners
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50 minute class

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Class Experience

By the end of the workshop, students will be able to:
- Describe why engineering design is a process
- Explain how observation and imagination helps engineers
- Use LEGO bricks to build at least one project
I'm a mechanical engineer and engineering educator who specializes in the engineering design process. I love facilitating LEGO Engineering experiences with learners on Outschool!
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Learners should bring a collection of 250-500 LEGO pieces. Standard pieces are fine. If your learner doesn't have an existing LEGO collection, I recommend the Large Creative Brick Box ( or Bricks, Bricks, Bricks ( <-- does not have its own case). The Creative Suitcase is a good representation of minimal supplies (
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class welcomes learners from all backgrounds. To make this class particularly welcoming for autistic learners and other learners with sensory concerns, I actively control microphones to limit the amount of LEGO noise being transmitted through the speakers. Learners using DUPLO bricks are welcome, as are learners who require an adult building assistant when working with smaller LEGO pieces. 

Learners should have a working webcam to share their designs. If a learner doesn't want to personally appear on camera, that's fine. Please help your learner figure out how to share their LEGO builds. I recommend setting up a "Show and Tell" space on the table where the camera is aimed at the Show and Tell space.

Learners who can confidently produce designs from their own imagination in this class are most welcome in to join the LEGO Engineering Challenge or LEGO Engineering Club.


Ian Nelson
Lives in the United States
Engineer Extraordinaire and Facilitator of Ian Genuity's Engineering Adventures
2491 total reviews
2315 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm an engineer committed to giving students amazing experiences in math, science, and engineering. I believe that learning happens when kids ask questions and explore their interests. I look forward to helping your kids leverage their... 
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