Around 100 people, parents and kids, gathered in the Vida Ellison Gallery at the Central library, anxiously awaiting who would be announced the winner of this year's 2014 LEGO Building Contest. There were some fun projects for them to work on while waiting: LEGO I Spy, coloring pages, cute door hangers, and the button maker, which was run totally by one of DPL's awesome volunteers, Jeremy Collins. The theme this year was Building Books, and participants were required to build a LEGO model based on a favorite book. The kids and parents present had already won in their category (Preschool-2nd grade; 3rd-5th, 6th-12th or Team) at their neighborhood branch, and had brought their LEGO model to the Central library to be judged by two LEGO aficionados. Judges for this year, were Todd Edmands and Stefanos Koutsoukos who were just fantastic: really thoughtful and careful with their choices. Both Todd and Stefanos are members of CoWlug (Colorado Wyoming LEGO users group). It's extraordinarily helpful to have people who build with LEGOs regularly and passionately enough to be part of a regional LEGO club participate as judges, and lends great credibility to the whole process. They are also usually willing to bring in something they created, which is inspiring for the kids. It was fun and exciting, and Todd brought an amazing working tornado model he had built, which the kids were thrilled to see! He has a website showing his creations, and the kids LOVED looking at what he made. Here are the winners as well as those who finished in second place, by category:
Winner: The Cat in the Hat
2nd Place: Fancy Nancy, Falling at the King's Crown
Winner: Journey to the Interior of the Earth
2nd Place: Flat Stanley
Winner: How to be a Jedi
2nd Place: Tracker Jacker Attack, from the Hunger Games
Winner: A Giant What! from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
2nd Place: Stanley's Treasures, from Holes
Congratulations to our winners and much appreciation goes out to everyone who participated! Also, with over 200 initial entries, many thanks go out to the staff who promoted and managed the program, voted for their branch winners, and encouraged kids all over the City to participate!
Many thanks also to our excellent sponsors, who generously donated prizes both at the neighborhood locations and for the final contest, including: The Lego Store, Chipotle, and The Denver Zoo.