St. Paul School photo
Students at St. Paul School in St. Paul look to devise a natural disaster warning system using Legos.
St. Paul School photo
Students at St. Paul School in St. Paul look to devise a natural disaster warning system using Legos.
ST. PAUL — 2014 is a year of celebration for people in this historic town. The parish, oldest in the state, celebrated its 175th anniversary in January, and the school will celebrate its 170th year with a birthday party in the spring. Current students and alumni will attend.

This year, the school began offering its youngest students an after-school engineering program, as it joined with the Junior First Lego League. In this after school program, the students practice their teamwork skills while utilizing math and engineering knowledge to come up with creative solutions to everyday problems, using the plastic snap-on blocks.
This year's challenge deals with natural disasters. The students will complete research and will use what they have learned about gears, pulleys, levers, axels, other simple machines, and motorized parts to create models about their ideas for natural disaster warning systems and restoration projects. They will present their ideas to other teams in the spring.

"The future looks bright with these problem-solving scientists leading the way," says Amanda Merrill, the principal.