Paralleling the Real Deal: Build With K’NEX!

During September, 24 kids and four high school volunteers met weekly at The Trove at White Plains Public Library. Their mission: to build replicas of the New NY Bridge and the I Lift NY super crane using K’NEX pieces.

Teamwork, learning, creativity/New NY Bridge Outreach

Teamwork, learning, creativity/New NY Bridge Outreach

Children’s librarian Terry Rabideau found it interesting to see how the kids each chose different jobs within their teams. “Some would find the K’NEX pieces, and some would actually build. Some were problem-solvers and figured out how the pieces fit together,’ she said.

While The Trove’s LEGO® Build Club meets each month, the library never hosted a short-term project like Build With K’NEX! for which kids work as a team. “What was fun was watching them come back every week, knowing they had to continue where they left off,” she said. Just like construction crew at the project site.

Go, teams! Proudly displaying their new certificates, New NY Bridge and I Lift NY models/New NY Bridge Outreach

Go, teams! Proudly displaying their new certificates, New NY Bridge and I Lift NY models/New NY Bridge Outreach

“It gave them a great sense of pride and accomplishment,” Rabideau said. The month ended with participants receiving special certificates and enjoying a cookies-and-juice party with their parents. “Many of the adults hadn’t seen the structures and were amazed at what the kids built,” Rabideau said.

Both models are on display at The Trove, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains. Call 914-422-1476.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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