LEGOs lay the foundation for learning in school

While students can learn about climate differences behind a desk in a classroom, Simkulet said the LEGO construction adds another element to the learning process.

"From the LEGO aspect of it, it is looking at the tools that scientists who study climate would use, and the challenge was to pick an area of the world that you wanted to look at and design a tool using LEGOs that would be used to study climate there," she said.

Nine-year-old Matthew Simkulet, Michelle's son and member of the junior league, said that his team chose to create a tool that would be used in arctic areas with glaciers.

"[We built] a weather boat, thermometers, a weather station, computers and a satellite," he said.

Michelle said that other teams built tools based on climates of the moon, and many constructed tools that involved drills.

Other teams opted to construct the complete scene in which the climate research would take place.

All of the constructions were judged on Nov. 25, when the league met for the final time this season to showcase members' constructions and receive awards for their imaginative work.

Simkulet said she has no idea what next year's challenge theme will be, but Matthew did say that he hopes, in the future, a challenge will allow the league members to sculpt famous people's faces.

If Matthew's dream challenge ever does come along, he said he would like to construct President-elect Barack Obama's face.


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