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STEM students compete using LEGOS


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In an effort to showcase local talent, the Laguna Blanca School hosted its second annual Master Builder Competition involving LEGOS.

The LEGO competition challenged students from kindergarten to high school.

Competitors as young as 4-years old raced against the clock to build a variety of objects using nothing but LEGOS.

Some events were more difficult than others.

At one table, 5-year-old Oliver Litten followed instructions to build Laguna Blanca's Mascot Swoop the Owl.

“I had fun because I got to make an owl and a car at the end,” Litten said.

Students also had to construct a race car to travel the greatest distance down a ramp in the time alotted as well as build the highest vertical structure on a base plate,

Organizers said this is a chance for students to delve into engineering and design using LEGOS.

“It 's important to recognize that if you're going to be successful, you can't be afraid to fail. It's a chance for kids to go in and try out a wide range of engineering challenges,” said STEM coordinator Zachary Moore.

Whatever their future has in store, some of them are already aiming high.

“I want to be a doctor,” said competitor Perla Sanchez.

“I want want to be a scientist,” said competitor Hunter Jackson.

The next STEM competition is Girls Robotics Rally on March 14.

California / Community / Education / Events / Lifestyle / Santa Barbara- S County

Patricia Martellotti

Patricia Martelotti is a reporter at KEYT|KCOY|KKFX.