'Legos at the Zoo' will celebrate rhinos, math, pastry

May 16, 2013 - 9:25am
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Students use Legos to showcase robotics, programming and engineering expertise

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.

The annual Legos at the Zoo science fair, free with regular zoo admission, takes place May 18-19 in the Kalahari Room, beneath the AfriCafe restaurant adjacent to the zoo concert lawn.

The displays are planned, designed, programmed and built entirely by OES students. Advanced Lego "engineers," ages 8 to 17, will demonstrate their creations and the science behind them.

"We can't wait to return to the zoo," said Jane Kenney-Norberg, who developed and oversees OES's Lego-based after-school science program. "The Logo Board is wonderful this year. It involves both mathematics and pastry."

The Lego Logo Board, new each year, challenges students to devise a story using elaborate motorized sequences and their own code. This year's edition is titled "Zuri the Rhino: Searching for Pi(e)."