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All MOE students, teachers to get SG50 LEGO sets

SINGAPORE — More than 600,000 sets of LEGO bricks that can be built into three iconic Singapore landmarks will be given to students and teachers in commemoration of the nation’s Golden Jubilee, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).

SINGAPORE — More than 600,000 sets of LEGO bricks that can be built into three iconic Singapore landmarks will be given to students and teachers in commemoration of the nation’s Golden Jubilee, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).

The Building My SG set features models of Cavenagh Bridge, Changi Airport and Gardens by the Bay — each representing a distinctive aspect of Singapore. Cavenagh Bridge is the oldest bridge existing in its original form, therefore, serving as a reminder of the past. Changi Airport symbolises the country’s connection with the rest of the world, and the control tower is familiar to Singaporean travellers returning home. And Gardens by the Bay is a metaphor for the important role of sustainability in maintaining the country’s success.

All MOE students and teachers, from the primary level to the junior college and tertiary levels, will get the commemorative sets by National Day. Homeschoolers and madrasah students will not be left out.

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Leading up to Aug 9, class activities can be conducted for pupils to design and build the sets together, MOE said today (May 13). The meaning behind the activities will then be discussed, with the significance of the landmarks highlighted by the teachers, it added.

Students will also be encouraged to build what they imagine Singapore to be like in the future, the ministry added. “Through creative play, the building bricks open many meaningful and creative opportunities for students to learn about these landmarks and the significance of what they represent in the history and the continued progress of Singapore.”

The building sets — manufactured and distributed by Duck Learning —have been given to schools since last month.

Last week, The Straits Times reported that some of these sets were being sold online, going for as much as S$180. As of today, there were at least 20 offers to sell or buy the ­LEGO sets on online trading platform Carousell.

Responding to this during his visit to West Spring Primary School to observe a class activity involving the LEGO bricks, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said he hopes students would appreciate the “special and unique keepsake” more. “I encourage all our students to keep this and to treasure this because it will be something very special that they can look back on when they grow older.”

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