We’re always looking for fun and free things to do during the summer. The kids have some planned time, but we also have a lot of downtime between camps and vacations. Those 6 weeks we have to fill with fun stuff to do outside the home and at home so they keep themselves busy and stay engaged with learning and creating.
One of the things we’re encouraging the kids to do this summer is make something new. I’ll be sharing summer fun ideas throughout the summer and today’s idea comes from LEGO.
We’re big fans of LEGO in our house (that’s a huge understatement!) and the kids often occupy themselves with building with bricks and making things all year-long and summer is no exception. You might think the love of LEGO fades as kids get older, but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t. And that’s a good thing because LEGOs are so much more than building toys.
Summer Fun: Are you a LEGO Maker?
That’s why we’re excited to share the ‘Are You A LEGO Maker?’ Challenge. This challenge for kids 13 and up is to challenge them to create something new this summer-innovative ideas like the one featured in this video below that help solve a problem or create something new.
More Details about the “Are You A LEGO Maker?” Challenge:
LEGO is encouraging makers across the US to bring their ideas to life with the “Are You a LEGO Maker?” challenge. It’s a challenge that will give 50 makers the opportunity to receive prototyping kits to help realize their innovative ideas.
“The same inventive spirit at the core of the maker movement is also at the core of every LEGO building experience. The introduction of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ robotic toolkit in 1998 accelerated the LEGO System of Play as a prototyping tool among builders around the world,” said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations for LEGO Systems.
“Since that time, inventors of all ages and all levels of expertise have prototyped their inventions with LEGO robotic sets and bricks, creating everything from a baseball mudder to a braille printer to a pancake maker. Many of these inventors manufactured products based on these prototypes that were often patented and sold to the public, so we look forward to seeing what the next generation of makers builds to life.”
For showcasing a compelling reason needed to power the prototyping process, winners will receive a LEGO Prototyping Kit, including a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 kit, one thousand LEGO bricks and elements, access to a LEGO MINDSTORMS Expert Builder and the book, Spirit of Invention: The Story of the thinkers, Creators, and Dreamers Who Formed Our Nation. The challenge runs through July 13.
- Visit www.LEGO.com/Maker to learn more or enter the contest.
- You’ll also find free downloadable activities and play tips.
- Visit www.YouTube.com/LEGO for more Making inspiration in our LEGO Making video playlist.