(02/19/14) - All the tiny little pieces are coming together for the fourth annual College Town Lego Competition. It takes over the Flint Institute of Arts Saturday afternoon.
"Some of these students are the best and brightest in our community. What they create is just amazing," said Janice Henry, Flint Institute of Arts marketing director.
Teams from Baker, Mott, UM-Flint and Kettering will go head-to-head for three hours, sorting through and connecting more than 90,000 little Legos.
"It's huge. Each team gets 16,700 basic Legos to work with. No wheels or gadgets. They've been preparing over the last few weeks, coming up with a design, and it's pretty intense," Henry said.
More than 1,000 people showed up to watch last year as Kettering's sculpture earned the Bulldogs a second straight championship. Kettering students have been preparing their plan for weeks on how to win a third.
"We have our cads and our engineering minds working, so we're here to get this done," said Kiran Vekaria, Kettering University student.
The showdown at the FIA is one of only a handful of inter-collegient Lego competitions in the country and the only competition of any kind between all four of Flint's schools.
"It's really cool because it's one of the only times I get to interact with students from the other colleges, and it's one of the few times that we get to see how other students think," Vekaria said.
Sculptures will remain on display for a week and will be eligible for a people's choice award, decided through online voting. A competition is also planned for elementary, middle and high school students, and the FIA hopes that this event brings a few first-time visitors through its doors.
"While you're here, come through and go through some of the exhibitions. It's a really wonderful experience, the whole day," Henry said.
As part of the Lego competition on Saturday, admission to FIA will be free.
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