Everything is Cool When You’re Part of a Team

The Goodnight Scholars Program and the Boys & Girls Club of Wake County teamed up for an afternoon full of LEGO. Lots and lots of LEGO…

For the 2nd annual Goodnight Scholars LEGO Brick Build Competition on April 8th inside the Carmichael Gymnasium, the Goodnight Scholars Program built off the positive momentum from last year’s inaugural event and created an afternoon defined by one word…


This year’s LEGO Brick Build Competition – hosted once again by the Goodnight Scholars Executive Committee (GSEC) and featuring more than 100,000 LEGO pieces – saw 80+ kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Wake County participate in a captivating mix of STEM and NC State-inspired activities: all of which involved LEGO. These energetic kids were able to learn from 44 Goodnight Scholars volunteers about dimensions and ratios by constructing NC State symbols such as a wolf and the Memorial Belltower, as well as working together to create towering structures that you could swear were touching the ceiling lights inside Carmichael Gymnasium.

To go along with the kids STEM stations, 23 teams of NC State college students faced off in a heated competition to construct masterpieces that showed their vision of NC State’s future. Innovative interpretations of the Memorial Belltower and the Wolfline were some of the many LEGO magna opera on display. In the end, three teams took home winning prizes which included a first place victory for Brick to the Future (Nicole Hlebak, Ben Brady, Sarah Novitt, and Summer Dudick); second place honors for The Molecular LEGO Builders (Rachel Hall, Kyle Bingham, Edward Kalkreuter, and Mounir Zerrad); and a kids choice award for Dirty Mike & The Boyz (A Dawg Too) (Mike Schlesinger, Matt Eddinger, Grant Mangum, and Anna Schlesinger).

Most importantly, these 23 teams donated 362 individual school supply items as part of their registration to participate in the competition. These items will go directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Wake County.

The afternoon’s best candid images can be found on our Flickr page!