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LEGO Click Awards Essay Contest

August is National Inventors’ Month and to celebrate LEGO is holding an essay contest for kids called the LEGO CLICK Awards. This is a chance to share your big and inventive ideas with the whole country (and have a chance at winning one of five $5,000 savings bonds), so put your thinking caps on!

LEGO wants kids all over the country to know that it doesn’t take a genius to be innovative and inventive. In fact, most inventions happen as a sort of accident while doing something else, but when they do happen they can become big ideas.

Take Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, Abner Doubleday’s baseball or even one of the world’s favorite toys – LEGO bricks – for example. All of these were thought up by regular people just like you, who decided to do something big with their dreams.

The Contest

The 2009 LEGO CLICK Awards starts August 1, ends November 2 and is open to kids 6-13 years old. This is your opportunity to share your big idea, as well as a chance to be one of five winners to receive a $5,000 savings bond.

The essay question to be answered by November 2 is: "If you could invent anything, what would it be? Describe how to use it. How did you get the idea? Why are you excited about it?"

For more contest rules and registration, visit www.LEGOCLICKAwards.com.


National Inventors’ Month: Invention Fun Facts

 

  • Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. President to hold a patent.
  • A carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen started the LEGO Group during Denmark’s economic depression – he switched from building houses and furniture to making toys because he believed that while parents would make due without new furniture, they would not forgo creative play opportunities for their children. His first toy was a wooden duck. The word “LEGO” is formed from the Danish words “leg godt,” which means “play well.”
  • Frank Epperson was just 11 years old in 1905 when he invented the Popsicle – by accident! One night, he left a stir stick in a mixture of powdered soda and water out in the porch. When Epperson woke the next morning, he discovered the drink had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit-flavored “icicle,” a treat he originally called the Epsicle.

 


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Love it or hate it, the crazy theory of Flat Earth is gaining a lot of popularity and movement world wide. What's your opinion? Remember, regardless of what anyone says, keep an open mind and don't bash. I'm curious to see why people believe the way they do, or if they have facts and evidence to support their claims. So, do you believe the Earth is flat....or spherical?
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You know, I agree with your theory. I don't think I can put it into the well-thought and eloquent wording you did, but as vast as the human mind is, each individual one has its limits. Everyone clearly thinks different of what is wrong and what is right - Hitler did think that his actions were a good thing, didn't he?  The most evil thing I could think of certainly isn't KW appropriate. Then, expanding on that further, I figured that murder is probably one of the worst things a human can do. But then that got me thinking: what  if it's the other way around? Or, what if there is something even worse than both of those? Everything else that came to mind probably, most likely, isn't a KW kind of topic - and I'm sure my brain can't even come up with everything else disgraceful. Therefore, I don't think I can determine which is worse, as there are many things I find putrid - and some I can't even think of - and they're all quite horrible. So then the most good thing I thought of was angels. They're pure and holy, right? What can be even greater than that? The Lord, of course. To someone who believe ins Him, who or what is more just and righteous than that? This got me wondering what those who do not believe in Him would say. Charity work, perhaps? A newborn child who is yet to have experienced the awfulness of the world? An innocent domestic animal whose perception of the world is far different from ours? This was definitely really thought-provoking. I might have to think about this further sometime in the future.
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