By Terry Dean
(Courtesy Oak Park Education Foundation)
Second and third grade students from Longfellow School took first place in the national LEGO Landmark Competition at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Oct. 31. The winning design was an elaborate model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio in Oak Park, made of LEGOs and done via the Oak Park Education Foundation’s Geared Up and Architecture Adventure programs.
Entries came from across the country. Oak Park’s winning entry received more than 1,600 votes. The 43 Longfellow students and their two teachers were helped by architects George Beach, Kimberly Zeister and Randy Guillot, as well as a stable of parent volunteers. Jan Kieckhefer, director of education for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust hosted the group for a tour. The competition was designed to provide students an opportunity to explore and learn about their area’s history through teamwork, imagination, and creative building.
See photos of their project at the Oak Park Education Foundation’s website: opef.org.