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


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)."