Brick Drop Challenge

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In this design challenge, leaners attempt to build a strong structure out of LEGO® bricks that can withstand a 4-foot drop. Learners experiment by changing how the bricks are stacked together and consider elements like surface area and LEGO® brick connections to iterate upon the structural design. Includes step-by-step instructions with photos, suggested extensions, discussion questions to ask learners, and a brief explanation of surface area and how to best stack LEGO® bricks to best withstand a fall.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 20 LEGO® bricks, all the same size
  • Measuring tape


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Toys


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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  • Science Activities at Home


  • , Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 2020