Young Lego builders get national attention
Posted March 21
Solving a world problem may seem like a lofty goal, but for the Phenomenal Brix team from Ballentine Elementary School, it's child's play. The Fuquay-Varina fourth graders are gaining national and international attention for their work with Lego.
They have been invited to participate in the first Lego League National Championship in California.
Another team from Ballentine – the Lego Masters – was selected by Lego Foundation to compete in a world competition. Their trip will be paid for, but the Phenomenal Brix must raise about $20,000.
The students use the blocks to solve real-world problems. Phenomenal Brix designed, built and programmed a robot.
"It's life changing. It's absolutely life changing," said instructor Sonia Clark.
The members of the Lego Masters first overcame a language barrier – each had to learn English. "They've accomplished so much," Clark said. "They've just come so far, and they work so hard."
The theme for this year's Lego challenge is "trash trek." Each team must find a solution to a trash problem.
Phenomenal Brix created a flip-flop out of recycled plastic and rubber. The Lego Masters made a reusable bag out of plastic grocery bags.
The key ingredients are imagination and teamwork.
"We all have different ideas, and we can all share them and see what is the best idea out of all of them," said students Alan Jimenez.