School district breaks Lego tower record
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 18:09
Byron Murphy, principal of John Dickinson High School, said he was amazed at the stream of cars that came to view the Guinness World Record breaking Lego tower project sitting outside his window.
“As that thing went up in the parking lot, I was absolutely amazed at how much attention it got,” Murphy says.
The project that garnered this attention was a nearly 113-foot-tall Lego tower. The tower was made from over 500,000 Lego bricks and was built by students of the Red Clay Consolidated School District, parents and the local community.
More than 30 schools participated in the construction of the tower and some students volunteered to spend part of their lunch break or summer vacation to help complete it.
The idea for the tower was originated at the beginning of last year, but the record was broken on Aug. 19, Mervin Daugherty, superintendent of Red Clay Consolidated School District, says.
Ted Ammann, assistant superintendent of Red Clay Consolidated School District, says once they decided to try to break the record, they had a contest amongst all their students to design the tower.
“Some of them were very elaborate towers,” Ammann says. “We did have one that was designed by a student at Dickinson High School, and it was not the exact idea, but it was similar.”
Students built the individual segments to represent their schools, many of which featured their school logos, Ammann says.
All of the schools wanted their Lego pieces back once the project was completed, Daugherty says.
“We liked the idea of the Legos, and that, once we finished the project, we could take the Legos and give them back to the schools so it wasn’t a one-time opportunity,” he says.
Ammann says they wanted to come up with a way to tie this year’s project into construction, as they are doing renovations in most of the school district.
“Every year, we start the year with a theme,” he says. “We’re doing renovations in most of our schools. We wanted to do something with construction that would relate to kids, and all kids can relate to Legos from our youngest elementary school kids up to our high school kids.”
Teachers in some schools tied the project into their lessons, Ammann says. In math classes, students were figuring out how many bricks it would take to build the tower, and, in a few geography classes, kids figured out where all different bricks might come from.