Bringing joy and wonder to STEM Education
The endless possibilities presented by the humble brick has always fascinated both children and adults alike and with recent TV shows Lego has captured the imagination of the community. Students at Croydon Public School get to experience this wonder and potentially meet one or two of their Master Builder heroes when their school hall is transformed into a Brick lovers paradise for the Fourth Annual Inner West Brick Fair on Sunday, 30 June 2019.
A school fundraising event for the Inner West and Sydney surrounds area visitors will be impressed by some amazing feats of creative engineering and construction that will be displayed by members of SydLUG – the Sydney LEGO User Group, a group of AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) who use their private collections to make models that leave no one in doubt that the plastic brick is much more than a child’s plaything!
The Inner West Brick Fair was the creation of one of the school’s parents, Gary Priestley, who is a member of SYDLUG and saw the potential for a fun, educational fundraiser for the school. Through his hard work and the time volunteered by SydLUG builders such as Henry Pinto (who has recently become a recognisable name to many Australian households) the school is able to raise funds whilst showing creativity and STEM skills in a while new light.
A children’s build competition encourages young builders to get in and have a go at creating their own masterpiece, and in the process develop both STEM and artistic skills in a creative manner. Kids love to learn by doing and through play, something that LEGO delivers every time a child builds.
The event has grown into a large community event, with adult visitors no less enthusiastic than the children they have accompanied. The support from local business in the area has been another key ingredient for success. The photo opportunities for residents whilst the Inner West Brick Fair’s mascot visits local business in the lead up has been an entertaining experience.
Displays this year will include a grand city collaboration and the chance to spot some of our more famous SydLUG volunteers such as Henry & Marielle. For the avid Lego collector there will be retired & rare Lego sets, parts and minifigs also for sale.
Other activities on the day will include a free brick building play area, quick build competitions, jumping castle and face painting, food stalls and refreshments. With family tickets for just $15 and singles for $5, the event makes an excellent value outing.
Inner West Brick Fair
Sunday, 30 June
10 am – 4 pm
Croydon Public School, Young St
For more info contact the Croydon Public School P&C Assoc
Inner West Brick Fair Social and Fundraising Committee