Future engineers, inventors and roboticists from Oregon Episcopal School's "LEGO Physics" program will show off their animal-themed creations at the Oregon Zoo this weekend: dozens of elaborate Lego constructions involving motors, programmable bricks, sensors and computers.
Beyond the dozens of constructions, many of which involve motors and demonstrate principles of physics, the centerpiece is the LEGO Logo Board. Advanced students in grades 5-7 spent months designing and building the models on this board.
The LEGO Logo board challenges the students to tell their story using several computer systems. The students learn how to program the computers to automatically run the show. They simply push the start button, and the display runs entirely by itself from start to finish. The LEGO Logo board is brand new each year.
The annual LEGOs at the Zoo science fair, free with regular zoo admission, takes place May 30-31 in the Cascade Crest Banquet Center, downstairs from the Cascade Grill restaurant, across from the Zoo Store.
O.E.S. LEGO Physics is an after-school program for grades 3-12 created and run by Jane Kenney-Norberg, who during the school day is the Lower School Science Specialist at the school.