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Thu 19 Jan 2023 | by Rob Hutchins

LEGO and Natural History Museum partner on new Key Stage 2 course, Build the Change: Human Impact

The Natural History Museum has partnered up with the LEGO Group’s sustainability team to deliver a new set of classroom resources as part of the toy maker’s Build the Change programme. Called Build the Change: Human Impact, the course will see students explore how humans impact the planet by using the example of birds – ‘today’s dinosaurs.’ Throughout, they will learn that humans can have both negative and positive effects on nature. Students will then create their own positive impact by coming up with imaginative solutions to real-world challenges by building creations to express their ideas – LEGO bricks can be used, but are not required. Build the Change: Human Impact will target Key Stage 2 learners with a course of five modules, each running at 45 minutes. Classrooms will be able to run this as a full course or pick individual modules. The course documents include lesson plans, presentations, and speaker notes as well as case study sessions tackling habitat loss, water pollution, light and noise pollution, and a showcase day in which kids can upload their ideas to the online gallery. Tim Brooks, vice president of environmental responsibility at the LEGO Group, said: “At the LEGO Group we want to make a positive impact on the world for children. Through the partnership with the Natural History Museum, we aim to inspire children’s imagination and creativity as well as an understanding of important sustainability issues.” The Natural History Museum says that the partnership with the LEGO Group ‘inspires children to learn about nature through play.’ Messaging on the Museum’s website states that ‘we look to ignite their imagination by connecting them with nature, nurturing critical thinking skills and inspiring them to help protect our planet.’ The LEGO Group’s partnership with the Natural History Museum kicked off in 2018 when a three day event was held at the London institution as part of a world-wide challenge to encourage LEGO builders to create their own sustainable superhero inspired by the character Plantus Maximus and build a natural habitat fit for Plantus Maximus and his friends. The event was created to celebrate the launch of LEGO’s elements made form sustainably sourced sugar cane. This product represented the first step in the company’s aim to use sustainable materials in all core products by 2030.