Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) launched “Tesla’s LEGO® Challenge,” an online program to provide people of all ages who are isolated during the COVID19 crisis with a motivating project: to build a LEGO replica of Wardenclyffe, the only existing laboratory of famed inventor Nikola Tesla.
Participants can enter as a Youth (ages 12 and under), Teen (ages 13 to 17), or Adult (ages 18 and up) by submitting a photo or video of their Wardenclyffe replica built from LEGO Bricks or similar product. Submissions will be displayed in a virtual gallery where people around the world can vote on the best replica of Wardenclyffe. Youth and Teen entrants with the most votes will each receive $500 and the Adult entrant with the most votes will receive $1,000. The program begins April 2, 2020, with a submission deadline of April 30, 2020. Voting runs from May 1 to May 7, with winners announced on May 8, 2020.
“Tesla's LEGO Challenge” is designed to energize youth and adults to pull out their LEGO sets and create a replica of Wardenclyffe. Globally, Wardenclyffe carries immense historic significance. It stands as the last laboratory of Tesla, one of history’s most influential inventors. Wardenclyffe was designed by renowned architect Stanford White and featured Tesla’s 18-story wireless transmitting tower, recognizable around the world as a symbol of innovation and technological progress.
Nikola Tesla almost died during an epidemic in 1874. After he recovered, his family sent him to the mountains to self-isolate and recuperate. “During his isolation, young Tesla read Mark Twain, hiked alone in nature, and invented some amazing things,” explains Marc Alessi, Executive Director at TSCW. “Tesla’s LEGO Challenge gives people of all ages meaningful stimulation during the current pandemic. We can learn from history and Tesla’s experience, and virtual activities like Tesla’s LEGO Challenge give people an interesting, educational, and creative project to do together.”
“Tesla worked to change the world with his inventions, and in return the world saved his Wardenclyffe Lab in a crowdfund of 33,000 donors from 108 countries and all 50 US states. As a thank you, we are accelerating virtual programs and offering many of them free from our website,” said Marc Alessi. “Tesla’s LEGO Challenge is part of our rollout of virtual programs to help amuse and motivate youth and adults. It’s a project the whole family can enjoy and bond over.”
To enter and get more details on “Tesla’s LEGO Challenge,” go to: https://teslasciencecenter.org/teslas-lego-challenge/