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College Town Lego Competition to be held this weekend

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(02/13/13) - The Flint Institute of Arts is putting the pieces together for Saturday's third annual College Town Lego Competition.

"The claws are going to come out. The claws are going to be made of Legos, but it's still going to be a fight," said Robert Burack, UM-Flint student.

"Remember when you were 5 years old and you were playing with Legos and your brother knocked it down? That fierce," said Katie Burden, Baker College student.

Student teams from Mott, Baker, UM-Flint and Kettering will have three hours to build a sculpture out of 700 Legos.

"These are serious teams, and they do a phenomenal job. Last year, the winning sculpture was amazing. It was based on Van Gogh's Starry Night," said Janice Henry, FIA marketing director.

That first place trophy went to Kettering, and students are working hard to build off their success.

"We have all the Cad drawings back on our computers on campus. We're engineers. We've been playing with Legos since we were two. It's what we do," said Jonathan Wigger, Kettering University student.

Organizers expect a big crowd of spectators in the FIA's lobby.

"This place is going to be packed. If last year was an indication, we had over 1,300 people here," Henry said.

The event is part of the student led Flint College Town Initiative, one that aims to bring the city's 30,000 or so students together.

"It's more than the communities at Princeton and Yale. That many students really creates a new atmosphere, and you can see that, and as Flint and downtown resurges, that student energy will go a long way," Burack said.

While this college town competition is about camaraderie, make no doubt about it, this is still a competition, and the Kettering Bulldogs are making it clear that they do have a championship to defend.

"I built my own trophy with the Kettering K on it, since we're going to take it home again this year," said Aaron Hoffman, Kettering University student.

The College Town Lego Competition runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the FIA. There's also a division for high school and elementary students.

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