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05/19/06

Lego Ocean Adventure Comes to GSU Museum

A turtle made of Legos is one of many attractions. A turtle made of Legos is one of many attractions.

Legos are a fixture in toy boxes and playrooms around the world. This time, a Bulloch County museum is using them as an educational tool, to teach children about an environment under the sea.

Legos have captivated children for decades, building nearly anything they can imagine. But now they may educate as well. An exhibit from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is at Georgia Southern the next few months. It explores the undersea world.

"This is cool," said Spencer Douglas, 7, of the exhibit. "I've never seen so many Legos in my life."

"It's a great opportunity during the summer to enjoy two experiences: Legos and the ocean theme," Dr. Brent Tharpe of the GSU Museum told us.

Tharpe says they don't even know the number of pieces used to make all the exhibits, from the decorations to the 360-degree view inside the periscopes.

"You can play a turtle tracking game and see a full-sized turtle built from Legos, so it's nice to have that local tie as well," said Dr. Tharpe.

If you want to see the inside of a compact submarine, climb in. There are the bunks, the bathroom, a microwave, a laptop--everything you'd need to study under the sea--all made of Lego.

The Legos will be here until August. It is the exhibit's only stop in the Southeast this year. Here schedule and price information from a release put out by GSU:

"Created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the exhibit is comprised of more than 183,000 Legos and covers some 1,200 square feet.

With the assistance of built-in video screens and other interactive elements, the Lego Ocean Adventure invites curious young visitors to let their imaginations run wild as they learn about sea creatures and deep-sea exploration.

The Lego Ocean Adventure will be open to the general public every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The exhibit will open at 9 a.m. for groups that make a reservation. Summer camps and daycare centers are welcome.

Admission is $4.50 per person for visitors who are 15 years of age and older, and $3 per person for visitors who are 14 and under. Members of the Museum will be admitted free. A gift shop will offer special Lego and ocean theme souvenirs.

The Lego Ocean Adventure will remain open through Saturday, Aug. 26.

The Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building is located at the corner of Chandler Road and Plant Drive. For more information on the Lego Ocean Adventure or the Georgia Southern Museum, visit http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/museum or call (912) 681-5444."

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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