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Working on a Lego project for a LEtGO YOUR MIND program. Courtesy photo.




Lego educational programs 

NH Lego League partners with local schools and organizations to offer Lego classes and summer camps. See nhLegoleague.com for more information. 
LEtGO YOUR MIND partners with local schools and organizations to offer Lego summer camps, after-school programs, museum programs and programs for birthday parties. See letgoyourmind.com for more information. 
Play-Well offers Lego classes and mini-camps at various locations. Visit play-well.org.
SEE Science Center offers various Lego mini-courses throughout the year. Registration is now open for “Engineering Wonders of the World” (Tuesdays, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 5 to 9, $70) and “Simple & Motorized Machines” (Thursdays, Jan. 14, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 8 to 12, $70). Visit see-sciencecenter.org. 
NH FIRST Lego League offers tournaments for teams to compete in Lego challenges. Open to kids ages 6 to 14. Visit usfirst.org/roboticsprograms for more information on how to register a team. 




From Casual to Competitive
Where to find local Lego programs

11/12/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 If you want to take your love of Lego to the next level, New Hampshire has everything from easygoing Lego play sessions to Lego tournaments for serious builders. 

 
Just for fun 
Many local libraries have weekly and monthly Lego events where kids can stop in and build, either with their own Lego sets or with the library’s collection. Libraries will often put the kids’ Lego creations on display until the next build. Some libraries, like Concord Public Library and Rodgers Memorial Library, set a new Lego challenge or theme each time. There’s even Lego fun for adults: Hooksett Public Library is hosting an adult Lego night on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It also has a new LEGOLEND service where people can check out Lego kits just as they would a book. 
 
Lego learning
The educational value of Lego has made it a popular theme for camps, classes, workshops and after-school programs. The NH Lego League partners with more than a dozen New Hampshire schools and organizations to offer educational programs to over 1,500 students. Programs include Lego Master Building, EV3 Lego Robotics and Lego Digital Designer. 
LEtGO YOUR MIND offers summer camps in 13 New Hampshire locations, around 15 after-school programs, special programs at museums and 90-minute programs for birthday parties. Camps have a different theme each year.; next summer’s will be space exploration. After-school programs are coordinated with the schools and have various themes, age levels and durations. 
“[Lego] is a great vehicle for education,” Jim Harvey, LEtGO YOUR MIND owner, said. “We provide innovative, challenging programs that encourage creativity and thinking skills … and teach concepts relating to real world situations. And the kids have fun while they’re learning.” 
 
Teaming up 
Kids who want to engage with Lego on a tournament level can form teams and compete in the New Hampshire FIRST Lego League. Teams can have up to 10 kids between the ages of 9 and 14. For the Junior FIRST Lego League, teams must have two to six kids between the ages of 6 and 9. All teams are required to have two adult coaches who pass a Youth Protection Screening. Every year, the NHFLL has a different challenge and corresponding Lego kit for the teams to work with. Teams usually meet once or twice a week for six to eight weeks. Qualifying tournaments are held around the state, and teams who qualify will move on to the state championship. The season ends with the World Festival, a giant celebration of Lego held in St. Louis. Regions are selected by lottery to send their first-place champion teams to the event.  





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