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This competition is an exciting idea that comes from the students in Mr. Thomson's Innovators program at Thunder Bay Junior High School. Their desire to have a LEGO-style build competition has resulted in our own local contest for students in the area!

Contest Information

Dates to Drop off Entries in Person

Entries can be dropped off at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on the following dates from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop by the lobby desk when you drop off your build to pick up your registration card. They will show registered contestants where to place their build.

February 14, 15 and 16


This will take place from from 12:00 - 3:00 on Saturday, 2/18/23

Entry Pickup

Entries can be picked up between 2/19/23 and 2/21/23


  1. All entries must be registered by January 31, 2023. 

  2. Use your own LEGO, Duplo, Mega Bloks, or other LEGO-compatible plastic bricks.

  3. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO-designed kit project that is found online, in a magazine, in a kit that was sold, etc.

  4. Your creation must be on a base no bigger than 24 inches by 24 inches. The base can be (but is not limited to) wood, cardboard, or a flat LEGO base and can be decorated to fit your project. Your completed entry cannot be taller than four feet in height.

  5. There can be only one entry per participant or team, where applicable.

  6. Team projects will be placed in the category of the oldest participant in the team. Please note: while all members of a team will receive a prize ribbon (if applicable), a team will compete for a single prize.

  7. Deliver all completed projects to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary at 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, 49707, on the dates listed above.

  8. Please retrieve entries on the dates listed above. Any entry not retrieved by the end of the date listed above will be considered a donation to the Innovators LEGO collection.

  9. The competitive division will be determined by the age of the oldest team member, as outlined below.

Competitive Divisions

  • K-2 Lower Elementary

  • 3-5 Upper Elementary

  • 6-8 Middle School

  • 9-12 High School

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