It’s an object from childhood whose ubiquity is probably only trumped by the Teddy bear or rubber ducky: the LEGO block. In the half-century since its invention, LEGO has had a resurgence in popular culture. Its benefits to childhood education has been studied and there’s even a Summer camp dedicated to learning engineering through LEGOS.
In Summit, LEGOS are also a form of community building. Literally.
Get over to the Washington School today (Sunday) from 2 to 4pm to watch families build the Hill City using LEGOs. The event, is sponsored by Coldwell Banker and benefits the Summit Historical Society.
You may think you know all there is about LEGOS. Here are 5 things more things:
- LEGO copyrighted its 1 ½ -inch-tall, trapezoid-shaped action figure in 1978. The Denmark-based company is suing a Japanese toy firm in a Connecticut court to protect that copyright.
- LEGO turned 54 this weekend. Take a look at a visual timeline created in 2008 for its 50th.
- In 1953, the company changed its name from Automatic Binding Bricks to LEGO (via). LEGO is derived from the Danish words "leg" and "godt". Put together, the words translate to "play well".
- Summit's LEGO-building workshop is led by a Livingston-based firm called Building Block's Workshops. The idea is to build an "architecturally sound" version of LEGO Summit.
- Ambassador lifetime pass to LEGOLAND Florida costs $2,500 (plus tax).