10. Your kids are working so hard to build this tower, will they be disappointed if they don't break the record?
Our students have had a great time working on this project. We are sure that it would be disappointing if we didn't break the record, but we are confident that by working together with our community, we will bring the world record to Delaware.
9. Where do the donations go?
The donations are used to support the costs associated with this project. This includes the Lego pieces, prizes, and safety considerations,
8. Have you asked the Lego Corporation for any help with your goal.
One of our students wrote a letter to Søren Torp Laursen, CEO of Lego Systems. This letter was translated into Danish, his native language, by a student from Dickinson High School. This letter was sent to his office along with a Delaware State Flag and some other Delaware memorabilia. We have not heard back yet, but are hopeful that The Lego Systems Corporation will join us for this exciting project.
7. Is this project getting in the way of academic activities?
This project is an academic activity. 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. The project even has applications in social studies. Students have learned about the Lego corporation, and talked about economic concepts related to buying hundreds of thousands of Lego pieces. Equally as important, students have worked together to achieve a common goal.
6. Will this tower be safe?
While the Guinness World Record Company has very strict guidelines about the Lego tower being free-standing, we will be assembling the tower around a safety pole that will prevent the tower from toppling over.
5. Will students be able to see the tower assembled?
While our current efforts are focused on ensuring that we have enough bricks for our students, we have begun planning for a "Tower Fest" where community members will be able to join us for the exciting tower build. Look for details about this exciting community event.
4. I don't have a large collection of Lego pieces, do you still want them?
We are appreciative of any Lego or cash donations. Every single brick gets our kids closer to the goal. In fact, if every Red Clay family was able to donate just a handful of bricks, we would be well on our way to set the record.
3. I would like to donate money to assist with this project. How do i do that?
We have partnered with local software developer Vel-Microworks to create an online website for "micro-funding." Micro-funding is a term for online fundraising where the goal is to achieve great things by inviting many people to contribute to a common goal. These donations may be made at www.dandelionfunding.com
2. What will you do with the Lego pieces after you set the record?
A portion of the tower will be given to those who donate $25 or more to the project. Other bricks will be used in our schools. Remaining bricks will be sold and funds will be used to support additional Red Clay activities.
1. Who will be assembling the pieces of the tower 100' in the air?
We are thankful to Whiting-Turning Construction Managers who have donated their expertise to ensure the tower build goes smoothly and safely. We hope that our students will be able to see a well known community figure place the "Red Clay Schoolhouse" 110 feet in the air.