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A friendly challenge that really stacks up at RVES

Kids of all ages are getting into a new challenge at Riverview Elementary School.

Now in its eighth week, the RVES Lego Challenge is going strong, school media specialist Brook Berg said. That’s a good thing, because there is another 43 weeks to go.

The Lego Challenge is something students can complete at home with their families. It’s inspired by a blog called Lego Quest Berg found online.

“I thought it looked like fun and like something our kids might like,” Berg said, “so I put it out there.”

Berg got in contact with the blog’s author, who gave permission to use the idea.

The challenge is a 51-week project, Berg said. Each week, a new theme is posted on the Lego Quest blog. Berg, in turn, posts it on Riverview’s Facebook page every Saturday.

This week is Week 8, and the theme for the week is Your Favorite Book, so students who choose to participate are asked to design something that is related to their favorite books.

Students work on the projects at home, using their own Lego. When the Lego project is finished, the students or their parents can take a picture of the finished masterpiece and email it in to Berg. She then posts those pictures on the school’s Facebook page.

“This is really good for the kids who love noncompetitive, creative, building kinds of challenges,” Berg said.

So far, Berg has received entries from about 45 students from Riverview. Some weeks she gets many entries, other weeks just a handful. Students are not required to do the projects each week. They can pick and choose which ones they want to work on, and since there is no real competition involved, Berg is OK with whatever she receives each week.

“It’s kind of an ongoing thing,” Berg said. “I don’t know of anybody who doesn’t like Legos. I have a big box of Legos at my house for the grandkids and sometimes I even fiddle around with them now and then. Why not?”

The last week of the Lego Challenge, will be a time when students can revisit their favorite challenge and submit the photos.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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