Monday, April 06, 2009

Leggo My Lego!

About ten years ago, a mom told me what it was like to have a “hottie” 8th grade son. She said he was like two people, Joe Cool in front of his friends, and then the boy she’d always known at home. She added that on weekends, his girlfriend often came over, and she’d see them snuggling on the sofa. Then the girl would leave--and he’d go to his room and play with his Legos.

What perfect coming-of-age imagery, huh?

That boy’s an adult now--confident, with an engineering degree and a lovely fiancée. And no surprise to me. Because back when he was torn between his boyhood stages, he found the time and expression for both his sides, which allowed him to mature as he needed.

What’s more, he was ahead of his time. For if he were in middle school today, he could playing Legos out in the open. Many middle schools now have Lego Robotics Clubs which teach engineering, physics, computer and math skills to students while having fun making robots.

In fact, regional Lego Robotics Competitions are springing up all over the country. Here’s a couple pictures from a recent New York City competition where schools got together to showcase and compete their robots:

More information can be found about Lego Robotics programs at US FIRST.

And if we needed further “proof” that Legos are chic, check this out: Lego jewelry!

I’m seeing necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings...the sky’s the limit. You can find them through internet searches, or check out your local Target.

Legos...who says they’re just for kids?

9 fresh comments:

Steph Su said...

Aww that's a sweet story and gives me hope for humanity, hehe. Legos are great and I'm glad that they're being recognized by school clubs and organizations as an educational pasttime!

Erika Lynn said...

that is a cute story. and i love the jewelry. how fun!

Janie Emaus said...

I love playing with Legos! Have you been to Legoland?

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Steph, Erika Lynn & Janie. And no, Janie, I have not been to Legoland, but thanks for bringing that up. It's definitely on my to-do list!

Shalonda said...

Loving the colorful jewelry!

I wish cool things like this would have been publicized when I was younger.

Kelly Parra said...

My son is just now becoming interested in the smaller legos at 9 and discovering all the cool buildings and vehicles that can be built with them. Great post, Tina!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tina, that would be my son, lol! He's 14 and mr hot. And that is a sweet story.

He doesn't play with leggos, but finds other creative things to do when he's just Jake and not Mr. Hot, lolol!

Anonymous said...

Love the earrings! :D

Thanks for sharing that sweet story.

shamii said...

want those !!