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Kids Use Legos to Learn About Construction

More than 50 kids were getting a jump-start into construction. The 'Block Kids Program' lets kids use their creativity to build any structure out of LEGOs.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's not everyday that a 10-year-old is stressed out; unless you're Augustus May.

His stress reliever, however, is something many kids use on a daily basis, Legos. 

"Building just gets me in the best mood, ever," said May.

May has built with Legos since he was 3 years old.

He showed off his skills at a 'Block Kids' event hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction.

"They get a little hands-on experience to see what might be involved with construction, and start to think about their projects later on. And, a fantastic way to see what kids are thinking about for the future," said Sara Markt, President of St. Joseph's NAWIC.

Kids, ranging from first through sixth grade, were given 100 Lego pieces, string, foil and a rock to build whatever came to mind. May built a water transplant.

"Take all of the trash out to the water before the water goes into the ocean and kills more things. More fish, and all that stuff. And, it'll just help the environment a lot better," said May.

Judges picked a winner from the event to compete at a regional level, with hopes of making it to Nationals.

"We actually had the first place winner at national," said Markt.

May won Nationals in 2011.

"We're very happy that he's continued on with us and continued participating in the program," said Markt.

Building with Legos is not only a stress reliever for May, but he said it also helps him with his education.

He does see himself working in construction in the future, but for now, he's focused on winning another first place trophy at nationals.

"I would just be so happy to do it. I don't know what's coming at me, but I'm sort of ready for it," said May.

The Block Kids Program started in 1990.

It's aimed to engage elementary school children in the field of design and construction.

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