The Chiu siblings of Somerville, Owen, 11, and Nora, 8, were among the 12 children chosen from more than 600 entries to serve as the new Legoland Discovery Center Boston’s Junior Construction Panel. The photo here is a still from the video they submitted for the contest.

The Chiu siblings of Somerville, Owen, 11, and Nora, 8, were among the 12 children chosen from more than 600 entries to serve as the new Legoland Discovery Center Boston’s Junior Construction Panel. The photo here is a still from the video they submitted for the contest.

Legoland Discovery Center Boston has selected 12 young Lego fans to serve on the inaugural Junior Construction Panel. Three Somerville residents, Owen Chiu, 11, Nora Chiu, 8, and Henry Wallis, 8, were among the dozen kids who were selected out of more than 600 applicants to help resident Master Model Builder Ian Coffey with tasks and events at the new attraction, which opens May 23 at Assembly Row.

The Chiu siblings and Wallis submitted an application with a video and photo and written response respectively that answered the questions: “What makes you the biggest LEGO fan?” And “Why should you be on the Junior Construction Panel?”

The three were selected by Coffey and were judged on the creativity and enthusiasm exhibited in their submissions, and the imagination conveyed in their Lego models. The first item on the Junior Construction Panel’s agenda will be helping Coffey at the grand opening celebration May 23. Tickets for the new Legoland Discovery Center Boston, the only attraction of its kind in New England, can be pre-purchased online.

“I was floored by the number of entries for our Junior Construction Panel contest and so impressed with the creativity of New England’s young Lego fans,” Coffey said. “I’ve been building with Lego bricks since I was a child and can’t wait to meet the junior ambassadors and see their imagination and building skills first hand.”

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston will host a search for the Junior Construction Panel each year. Parents with kids aged 5-12 who are interested should sign up for the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston newsletter and become a fan on Facebook to receive updates.

 

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