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Help Apple Pi’s New Youth Lego Teams

By Pam Johnson

Publication: Shore Publishing

Published September 04. 2013 4:00AM

High school-aged members of shoreline-based Apple Pi 4-H Robotics Team are branching out to interest younger members of the community with three Lego League teams-and now, they need all the neglected Legos they can find.

Apple Pi adult mentor and Lego Team coach Diane van der Grinten emphasized the students aren't looking for new Lego bricks, but hope to "recycle outgrown and underutilized," Legos. Team members are asking local folks to dig up any out-of-use Lego building bricks kicking around their homes. Instead of gathering dust, the colorful little click-bricks will have a great new life as a dynamic part of an effort geared to promote an early interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with a sport-team approach.

Apple Pi's endeavor to launch three Lego League teams requires more than an ample supply of recycled Lego building bricks: The group is also seeking a donated laptop, Lego NXT Mindstorm Robot, and more Legos. Donations, securely packaged and labeled "For Donation to Apple Pi Robotics," can be dropped off at the Calvin Leete Elementary School's main office on South Union Street during school hours. Otherwise, a pick-up, can be arranged by calling 203-627-6590 or sending an email vdgFarms@juno.com.

Van der Grinten noted some spaces may still be available for middle and elementary school students aged 9 to 14 interested in joining one of the three Lego League Teams starting for the fall 2013 season (make contact using the phone number or email address shown above).

Apple Pi Robotics is a 501-c3 non-profit program, part of both FIRST Robotics and the UConn 4-H program. For more information, visit www.applepirobotics.org.

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