ONLINE VOTES: SK Taman Bukit Indah, SK Bandar Uda 2 and SK Taman Universiti 1 emerge winners
THREE schools in Johor wowed the judges to emerge winners under their respective categories in the recently concluded Schools Lego Building contest.
Legoland Malaysia, which is scheduled for opening on Saturday, organised the contest.
The winners were from SK Taman Bukit Indah (Category A, for students aged 4 and 5), SK Bandar Uda 2 (Category B, 6 to 10 years old) and SK Taman Universiti 1 (Category C, 11 to 14 years old).
SK Taman Bukit Indah students created a replica of the National Museum while SK Bandar Uda 2 presented a model of the Legoland bridge.
SK Taman Universiti 1 students built a model of the KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers.
Legoland Malaysia general manager Siegfried Boerst said Legoland is always looking for the next generation of Legoland model builders and the contest showed the potential and high calibre of work students are capable of.
"I am delighted with the response from students and teachers who took part as well as members of the public who voted.
"I would like to congratulate the winning schools and all those who participated," he said.
Schools in Malaysia and Singapore competed in the two-round competition.
In the first round, they were required to build iconic buildings of their respective countries.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from Legoland, consisting of master model builders and Legoland senior management.
Judging criteria included the show of skill, creativity, imagination, observation and complexity.
In round two, pictures of the models short-listed for the finals were uploaded to Legoland Malaysia's official website for online voting.
Over a period of two weeks beginning Sept 6, a total 18,169 people voted for their favourite ones.
The winning teams were picked based on the highest number of votes received.
Members from the winning schools were awarded passes to visit Legoland Malaysia.
Two lucky schools also received invitations to the park for a sneak preview prior to its opening.
Legoland has seven unique themed areas, developed especially for children. Each promotes fun in learning and combines the experience with interactive features.