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"Lego Physics" demonstrated at Southeast street festival

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - OES student Jordan A. narrates the automated sequence of the student-constructed Packy's Birthday Party'sˇ' LEGO Logo Board, as he oversees the display's controls.In perfect weather, the Division-Clinton Street Parade and Fair took place without a hitch on Saturday, July 28.

Organizers estimated that nearly 2,000 people watched the parade – and added that more than 1,000 of those visited the LEGO exhibit in the lobby of OHSU Family Medicine at S.E 39th (Chavez) and Division Street.

Second through fifth grade students from the Oregon Episcopal School (OES) Lego Physics program, led by Westmoreland science teacher Jane Kenney-Norberg, staffed the event – operating the exhibits and explaining the displays.

One young person at the event, Anshu Tirumali, who has graduated from OES and now is going to college in St. Louis, said he comes back to Portland to help put on the annual display.

“I started ‘LEGO Physics’ at the lowest level when I was an OES fourth-grader,” Tirumali told THE BEE. “I reached the highest level in sixth grade, and was invited to be a teaching assistant.

“I’m studying chemical engineering now in college,” Tirumali added. “LEGO Physics initiated my passion for science, really. The process about thinking about a problem, and eventually making it work, translated really well into my love of chemistry, and eventually into my love for engineering, as well.”

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