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Attention LEGO lovers! Registration deadline is May 22

‚ÄčThis one is perfect for kids stuck at home or families looking for a meaningful community service project

Our colleagues in Vermont, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are hosting a Brick Masters For A Cure Event from May 22 - June 4.

Competitors - and most of ours at the moment are elementary school-age kids - will have eight days to build, complete, and photograph their creation. Video might be necessary if there are moving parts.

Creations will be judged on creativity and relationship to the theme, which will be shared with registered participants who raise a minimum of $100 by 11:59 p.m. on May 22. Winners will be announced on June 4 - and prizes will be awarded!

Details on this challenge, that turns play into a cancer-fighting activity, can be found on its website. There are age categories, from pre-K to family projects for all ages to masters. The master level entry must incorporate motors, advanced parts, or power systems

It costs $10 to register, and participants are expected to make use of our fundraising app to raise funds for our mission.

If any of our Relay or Making Strides participants register, the money they raise will be credited to their participant goal for their respective event. 

Brick Masters for a Cure is the brainchild of Hilary Casillas, senior manager, community development, in Vermont.

"We have bins of LEGO bricks in the basement from my son's LEGO days, and so do many of my friends," she said. "The show LEGOMasters is really popular, so I pitched the idea."

Once approved, Hilary said "we recruited a focus group of high school Relayers and two First LEGO coaches from Rutland, VT, to advise on how to structure the competition. I was expecting to attract more STEM/Robotics club students, but most of our participants are elementary age children." 

There are no geographic boundaries to this event - one of the benefits of going virtual. In fact, there is one contestant from Oregon, and another from Virginia.

Help spread the word by sharing its Facebook page and website with everyone you know who might be interested. This is the perfect time for a virtual community service project!

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