'Legos at the Zoo' combines rhinos, elephants, robotics

June 2, 2016 - 9:25am

Students use Legos to showcase robotics, programming and engineering expertise

The 16th annual Legos at the Zoo science fair, free and open to the public, takes place June 4-5 in the Skyline Room, just downstairs from the Cascade Grill. Zoo admission is not required to attend.

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.

"The zoo show is always a highlight for us," said Jane Kenney-Norberg, who developed and oversees OES's Lego-based after-school science program. "The kids learn about animals as they come up with their zoo-themed creations."

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 "Packy and Zuri: Hard Hats at the Ready."