LEGO Movie Maker

LEGO Movie Maker

Author: Leah Villarreal

At the completion of this project, students will be able to:

  • Use LEGO Movie Maker to create a movie that demonstrates their knowledge.
  • Construct a catapult using a Simple Machines kit.
  • Capture step-by-step construction of their catapult. 


LEGO Movie Maker is an iPad app used to create custom stop-motion movies in order to prove students’ learning on any content area. Students can capture pictures, provide voice overs, and edit their slides to create their own stories. This tutorial gives step by step instructions on how to successfully use the LEGO Movie Maker app to complete this project.

For this particular project, students use Simple Machines to create a catapult. Simple Machines are a part of the LEGO Education kit designed to teach children how various machines work including gears, levers, wheels and axles, etc. The movie created on the LEGO Movie Maker app shows each step in the process of building a catapult. While the catapult is being created, students will document each step of their creation using LEGO Movie Maker. The end result of the project is a movie that captures step-by-step instructions on constructing a catapult. 


Cover Art: LEGO Movie Maker (2014).

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LEGO Movie Maker Project Description

In this project, you will create one movie using the LEGO Movie Maker app on your iPad. This movie will demonstrate your knowledge of the following:

  • Stop-motion movies 
  • Overall construction of a catapult
  • Individual steps towards completed catapult
  • Effective catapult launches 
  • Measuring and recording data 

Before coming to class you should:

  • Download the LEGO Movie Maker app on your iPad. Find the app here
  • Watch the example video below and get an idea of how stop motion works.
  • Record your movie of your catapult construction.
  • Complete your log of catapult launches and their measurements. 


LEGO Movie Maker Example Video

This video provides an example on how to use LEGO Movie Maker to create a stop motion video on an iPad. Refer to it as needed through the project.

LEGO Movie Maker Instructions

The attached file contains detailed instructions of the LEGO Movie Maker project.

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LEGO Movie Maker Rubric

The attached file shows the LEGO Movie Maker project rubric.

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