Delaware School District Going for World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

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The Red Clay Consolidated School, in Wilmington, DE, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the tallest LEGO Tower on Aug. 19, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. Planned is a 110-foot tower (about five stories high), made of more than 500,000 bricks, weighing in at 1 ton.

After months of collecting, planning, and assembling, the Red Clay Consolidated School District is set to bring the Guinness World Record for the tallest LEGO brick tower back to the United States.

On August 19, 2013, with the help of a donated crane, Red Clay will assemble sections built over the past several months at John Dickinson High School (JDHS) in an attempt to break the current record of 106 feet, 7 inches, held by Prague in the Czech Republic.

Red Clay is planning a 110-foot high LEGO brick tower – about five stories high – using more than 500,000 LEGO pieces, and weighing in at about 1 ton. The temporary structure, which is based on student ideas but fortified by local architects and engineers, will somewhat resemble the Eiffel Tower in Paris, with a wider base that narrows as it climbs.

Wind and weather conditions permitting, Superintendent Merv Daugherty is scheduled to complete the tower at 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2013 by placing a section with the district’s little red schoolhouse logo on top.
Students and families are invited to witness the historical moment and engage in fun activities at “Tower Fest,” to be held at JDHS from 5 to 8 p.m.

Many sections are already completed. Students have been building sections at the district’s 32 schools for several months and have attended numerous “Build Days” with their families throughout the summer to continue construction.

Sections include school names, mascots and characters. Other sections display names of local corporations and families, whose donations are paying for the bricks. With the help of engineers from Pennoni Associates and construction experts from Whiting Turner, Red Clay has designed a tower that will take an estimated 15 hours to build, and another 15 hours to take apart.

The tower has been both a community project and learning experience for students, said Ted Ammann, the assistant superintendent in charge of the project.

“This project is an academic activity,” he says. “Students from around the district have been involved in many different instructional activities related to this project. Some students have spoken with architects and engineers about careers. Other students have learned about proportions and ratios using the bricks. Still other students have used estimating skills.
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