Home Building Gets Competitive In Lego League

Filed in Membership, Workforce Development by on March 8, 2016 3 Comments

lego men and womenWhen the gates open for the 49th annual New Hampshire State Home Show March 18, the New Hampshire HBA has high hopes that the event garners more than just leads for its members – not that more business isn’t a great goal.

By partnering with the state’s chapter of the FIRST Lego League, the HBA is looking to attract future home builders. And they’re snagging them while they’re young.

Kids in two age groups, 5-8 and 9-12, will compete for first, second and third place prizes, t-shirts and bragging rights during the Lego Build Contest on Saturday, March 19.

“We had heard about other HBAs doing Lego contests, but we wanted to take it up a notch with this one,” said HBA member Dianne Beaton, who knew about the Lego League because first her children – and now her grandchildren – are Lego aficionados.

The league’s contests are primarily focused on robotics as a way to introduce young students to engineering and technology. But when Beaton asked league organizers about helping out with a home building contest, they jumped at the chance. The league even arranged for a representative from the Lego block company to attend the show.

The league is supplying all the materials and helped design the contest to appeal to the two age groups: The younger ones will build a simple house on a Lego base, the older ones a cut-out of a house plan that they can add a roof to if there is time. “We wanted it to be attainable for the kids yet still pose a little bit of a challenge,” she said.

HBA members sponsor the tables where the kids will work, and their sponsorship allows them to serve as mentors to the competitors. During the contest, the kids are not allowed to ask their parents or the judges for help, but they can ask the mentors if they are heading in the right direction and how building a Lego home compares to building a real home.

Beaton and her fellow HBA members hope to get the contestants more interested in pursuing a career in the residential building industry. “We want to be able to get kids excited about home construction,” she said. “That’s our goal.”

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  1. Robin Ward says:

    The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod will be doing their 3rd year of a Lego contest. We have so much fun, and we know the kids enjoy. The hardest part is having the parents or
    guardians not helping the kids.

  2. Donald Kreischer, CSBA H/S Chairman says:

    This has been very enjoyable to watch the kids build with the Lego kits. We [ Susquehanna Builders Asso. of Pa.], has been doing this for 13 years. We just had our home show 2 weeks ago along with the Lego contest, a dog house competition and even a mouse trap competition. We encourage the school trades to get involved which has been a good relationship. Bottom line, get the kids involved

  3. This is an amazing idea! I am going to try to implement something like this in my next home show in Pinellas county!

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