The slight bendability of the small 1×2 and 1×3 bricks, combined with mathematical principles, has allowed Sanders to keep building up and out with his designs. Right now, the largest, a "sunflower," (pictured below) is made of more than 1,800 bricks.
Sanders speculates that his brickbending designs are the by-product of a once-started-but-never-finished master's degree in math education.
"I've always been a visual thinker - I loved the graphs, parametric equations, graphing a function, sending it through time, watch it grow," said Sanders, adding, "But, theoretical math, that's out of my comprehension."
He recalls the day he decided that a life devoted to math wasn't for him: "The teacher told a (math) joke and everyone laughed but me."
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Sanders may not have had excelled at math in the classroom, but his playtime tells a different story.
While having trouble working on one particular Lego spiral, he sat down and drew on paper what he was trying to do.
"When I mapped out what it was and I saw the proportions grow at a very specific ratio: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, the Fibonacci sequence - it all just kind of clicked," said Sanders. "It was first time it had actually really made sense."
Now Sanders is hoping to bring that same revelation to kids and adults across the world. The only thing standing in his way is his lack of Lego bricks; he needs thousands of them and a camera.
The Kickstarter project, featured by "Wired," is an attempt to bring instructional videos to YouTube so that anyone, anywhere can bend Lego - and of course learn something, too.
"It's a children's toy; it's something a lot of people really love, and this is a way to smuggle in math and science that's really engaging," said Sanders.