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Library offers summertime challenge

Lynx Davis builds a tower out of Legos at the monthly Lego Club meeting at the Fayette County Public Library. The library’s four-day Lego Camp is next week.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

There’s more to Legos than just building, and the Fayette County Public Library plans to challenge children to use math and science in a creative Lego Camp next week.

“When the kids build with Legos it incorporates math and even science into it, in a fun way that the kids don’t even realize it,” Kim Sherwood, children’s librarian manager, said.

The four-day camp will have different themes and activities. One activity will require the children to save a Lego man trapped in a canyon.

“We will put a little Lego man in a canyon and then the kids will have to figure out a way to get him out. There’s a push for STEM, STEAM and I think the Lego Camp helps with all those categories. The canyon challenge requires the kids to think of ways to get the man out of the canyon, and that can require them to use forms of math and science,” Sherwood said.

STEM means science, technology, engineering and math; STEAM adds art to the mix.

The Lego Camp is opened to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The camp will take place at the library, 828 N. Grand Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.

“The camp is extremely popular with the kids,” Sherwood said. “It’s kind of fun to see the kids share their creations. It helps the kids with communication because after they build, they share what they built, it really allows them to communicate and builds their confidence.”

There are four challenges that children have to face each day at Lego Camp. The first challenge is for the children to build a space scene or theme, the second challenge is rescuing the Lego man from the canyon, the third is a beach scene or theme and the last will be to build a golf course that the children themselves can golf on.

To register, parents may call the library, 765-827-0883, or go online to fcplibrary.lib.in.us, or come into the library.

“Since the camp is so very popular, we might have to host a second camp if the first is full. So if parents register their children and it’s full, we will host another camp in the summer like we’ve done before,” Sherwood said.