The Capps 4-H Family Wins Lego Contest
A fascination with stop-motion video and a love of Legos earned a Henderson County 4-H family national recognition after their entry in the 2011 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest took top prize in the homeschool category.
The plastic pieces and miniature people serve as a medium for Chris Capps and his two homeschool children to express their creativity while learning. The contest is "designed for educators to showcase their creativity by demonstrating in an original video how they use Lego Education materials to spark student innovation," according to the Lego website.
The family created a video detailing how Capps and his children, 12-year-old Aubrey and 10-year-old Zoe, use Legos every day.
"We had so much fun entering," Capps said. "We were all hoping we would win."
There were only six or eight entries when Capps entered in September, but the number soon jumped up to more than 60 entries in their category. The family didn't hear anything about the contest for a long time.
Then, on Oct. 28, "We got a very encouraging email from the Lego North America director that they had exciting news and requested a phone number," Capps said.
Since it was a Friday, they had to wait until Monday to hear the news — they had won the homeschool category.
All category winners received a $2,500 Lego Education gift certificate and a trip to the Lego Education summit in St. Louis. Capps said he was going to donate some of the winnings to the 4-H Lego and Robotics Club his kids are members of.
"It's exciting to be able to represent homeschoolers in Hendersonville," he said.
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