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In this week's 'Lego All-Stars' we took a learning journey back in time to meet the aviation pioneers, Wilber and Orville Wright. 
The Wright brothers are credited as being the inventors, designers, builders and pilots of the world's first fixed-wing aircraft.
As we climb aboard aircraft of all shapes and sizes today it  is hard to imagine that December day well over 100 years ago when the 'Wright Flyer took to the air for the first time to the gasps of onlookers. 
 
The flight, piloted by Orville, was over almost as soon as it begun but it proved fixed wing flight was possible and that day in a field four miles from Kitty Hawk, USA went down in the history books.   
The best inventions are often born on a blank piece of paper and an idea that others look on as crazy. But as we have seen in our Lego heroes this term, those crazy ideas have gone on to shape the world. 
Britain would be a much more boring place had it not had the genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The world may have missed motor car mass production had it not been for Henry Ford.
 
Interestingly, we asked our Lego All-Stars to design their own flying machines this week. We ended up with an air-sea rescue helicopter,  a glider, a battery-operated plane that was steered by an iPad and one of the designs really amazed us. 
Without knowing it, one of our six-year old designers came up with the design technology of a vertical take-off jet engine without every hearing about the real thing. He thought it was a totally new invention of his own.  
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THE WRIGHT FLYER
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Whilst some of our Dogsthorpe All-Stars may never invent a new aircraft engine, they are being inspired to think imaginatively and use Lego to test out their theories on science, technology and engineering. 
 
That's why Lego is so good when it comes to STEM. After the half-term holidays we will be back to do yet more Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.   
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THE LEGO ALL STARS