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Arlington Kids Build STEM Skills at Library’s LEGO Camp
By Madelyn Edwards
Posted on July 19, 2017, July 19, 2017

Indiana Jones was gardening with his pink pig while another man nearby was arrested for wearing a pirate hat and held captive in a bread prison.

No, this isn't the next installment in the Indiana Jones movie franchise but a story that fourth graders McKenna and Sophie created out of LEGOs at the Southeast Branch Library's annual Lego Camp.

"I love Legos," said McKenna, who attends Mary Moore Elementary School in Arlington. She turned to Sophie and said, "We need to put his bread and his chicken leg into the pen!"

About 15 kids created fantastical stories with colorful LEGOs at the free camp, which promotes teamwork and creativity for kids ages 9-12. Activities include a mix of technology and storytelling projects, such as building functional robots and interpreting their own short stories with LEGOs. These activities allow kids to engage and build upon their literacy, engineering, math and science skills.

Librarian Dawn Reyes said the camp aims to help kids explore skills that will help them to succeed in school.

"It really hones in several skills in a fun way," Reyes said.

Lyndsey Hall said her daughter McKenna loved the camp and couldn't wait to come back for a second day. She said McKenna enjoyed making friends with the other campers.

"The problem-solving skills that they're having to use and really having to come up with creative ways to work together is really good for them," Hall said. "I like it a lot."

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