Iconic Joplin Now Accepting Applications

Competitive LEGO Build to Feature Local Landmarks

(Joplin, MO) – Applications for Iconic Joplin are now open to youth ages 12 to 16 here. Endorsed by the Joplin Celebrations Commission, Iconic Joplin is the newest event celebrating Joplin’s 150th birthday. The Joplin History and Mineral MuseumJoplin Parks and Recreation Department, the Joplin Public Library, and The Creative Learning Alliance will each host teams of up to eight individuals. The application deadline is November 20, and the build kicks off December 10.

“As a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and organization whose vision is to provide hands-on learning drive by curiosity and play, the Landmark Build project is such a great fit for us for a variety of reasons,” said Neely Myers, Creative Learning Alliance Coordinator. “What could be more hands on than LEGO? Lego offers the chance to develop critical thinking skills that touch all areas of STEAM. Curiosity will surely drive the research that teams will put into their builds and we expect to have a lot of fun during the process!”

Iconic Joplin is a program of Landmark Builds, whose founder Lisa Nelson will mentor the teams through a series of eight build sessions. Each team will select a Joplin landmark — in its past, present, or future state — and learn about its significance with the help of local experts. They will then work together to design the landmark from LEGO bricks. The teams will compete for various awards, including People’s Choice. The completed LEGO builds will tour the city next spring and be available online for the public to view and vote for their favorite.

Iconic Joplin is presented by engineering firm Olsson and sponsored by Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., Missouri American Water, and Paragon Architecture, LLC.


Lisa Nelson, Founder
Landmark Builds

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