SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Legos, they inspire creativity. They may also inspire future architects and contractors at this weekend’s 2013 Kids Block Competition is happening this weekend.
Nine-year-old Dhruthi Mandavilli already has a good idea on how to put together Legos. She’s getting ready to compete in her fourth Block Kids Competition taking place Saturday at Gateway Mall in Springfield.
“First, I think of some ideas to build,” Mandavilli said.
The competition is sponsored locally by the Science Factory and the National Association of Women in Construction.
“We wanted to let everyone know about all the careers available to boys and girls in the construction industry,” said Robin Langkamp of the National Association of Women in Construction.
Each competitor gets a bag with 100 building blocks. Here’s a little twist: they get to pick three out of four additional items, like a rock, cardboard paper or string.
The kids are judged on creativity. They also get a chance to interact with the judges. Local architects, engineers and contractors will interview each competitor with set of questions.
Mandavilli isn’t a stranger to the pressure. She won second place last year, making her parents proud.
“I kind of want to be an architect,” she said. “I want to design eco-friendly buildings.”
The goal of the competition is to simply get kids interested in construction. The winner receives a trophy, gift certificates to the Science Factory and a spot in the regional Block Kids Competition.
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