LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort have announced the 11 winning school groups of the highly anticipated annual LEGOLAND School Challenge, powered by Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB).
The LEGOLAND School Challenge 2023 surpassed all expectations by attracting 370 school group submissions from across the ASEAN region, resulting in an extraordinary 80% increase in participation compared to the previous year. The LEGOLAND School Challenge 2023 brought together close to 4,000 students and teachers from diverse backgrounds, with most submissions from Malaysian schools and 10% representing esteemed
schools from Indonesia, Singapore, and Philippines.
The theme "Cities of The Future" ignited the imagination of these young builders, who built remarkable LEGO® creations that pushed the boundaries of innovation and creativity.
"We are honored to witness the remarkable growth and success of the LEGOLAND School Challenge 2023 with international recognition. Our young builders have showcased remarkable creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork among themselves. We are proud that the LEGOLAND School Challenge has become an exceptional initiative that fosters our LEGO DNA of learning through play, extending learning beyond the confines of the classroom. From the bottom of our hearts at LEGOLAND Malaysia, we would like to congratulate all winners and participants for their effort in each unique LEGO creation. We are grateful for the partnership with the Malaysian government and Iskandar Investment Berhad, which has been instrumental in the success of the LEGOLAND School Challenge 2023. As we celebrate this year's triumph, we look forward to continuing our partnership to drive Malaysia as a hub for educational exchange."CS Lim, Divisional Director of LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
From the numerous submissions, the judging panel carefully selected 10 exceptional LEGO Builds that best embodied the spirit of the challenge. In addition to the top 10 Winners, LEGOLAND School Challenge 2023 includes a special category, "IIB Catalyst of Change Award", sponsored by Iskandar Investment Berhad. This special category celebrates creativity in designing futuristic urban structures with a focus on emerging technology and sustainability elements. Entries were judged based on originality, innovative design, imaginative use of the theme, and incorporation of sustainable elements. Public engagement also played a part, with the creation receiving the most likes on IIB's social media platforms gaining an advantage. The winning LEGO creations captivated the judges with their imaginative design, attention to detail, and innovative interpretations of future cityscapes.
The winners received prizes worth up to an impressive total of RM100,000. These prizes include an educational trip to LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, an awe-inspiring trophy meticulously constructed from LEGO bricks, and an exclusive opportunity to participate in one of LEGOLAND Malaysia’s STEM education programs. All winners will also have the privilege of attending an exclusive workshop with LEGO Master Model Builders, where they can further refine their skills and deepen their love for creating through LEGO bricks.
Winning teams that attended the prize-giving ceremony in LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort had a unique opportunity to meet and interact with participants from other nations, sharing ideas, and learning from each other. As schools from different countries represent themselves through their LEGO creations, they also showcase their cultural values, adding a unique and diverse perspective to the challenge.
"The LEGOLAND School Challenge 2023 marks a significant milestone as it has successfully attracted schools from the entire region for the first time. We are thrilled to witness our young builders' outstanding creative abilities, showcasing their talent and positioning Malaysia as a prime destination for educational and cultural exchange in the region. We commend LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort's efforts in promoting innovative education tourism initiatives that significantly contribute to the growth of our tourism industry. We firmly believe that fostering collaboration between public and private sectors is essential to reviving domestic and inbound travel, playing a pivotal role in increasing tourist arrivals."YB Khairul Firdaus bin Akbar Khan, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
The winning LEGO brick models will be proudly displayed at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort until mid September 2023, allowing guests to appreciate these young builders' extraordinary talent and dedication.
This year LEGOLAND School Challenge continues to receive endorsement from both the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Education. The Malaysian government's continued endorsement highlights the challenge's significance as an educational and cultural development platform. The unwavering support of these ministries has allowed students to engage in hands-on learning, develop essential skills, and explore their creative potential through LEGO building.
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort remains committed to hosting the LEGOLAND School Challenge as an annual event, open to international school submissions.
For more information about the LEGOLAND School Challenge Initiative and education programmes available in LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, parents, educators, and students can find out more on the official website. For latest updates on promotions and activities, stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.