LEGO has an amazing product line called Mindstorms — programmable robots that you design and build with LEGO parts.  And there are actually quite a few organized competitions and leagues where kids work together to build and program these LEGO mindstorms robots to manage specific challenges. These events are great contributors to kids’ understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Not only are they learning amazing things, but they get to do it with LEGO “toys.”

This past year, one such league chose “The Yellow Brick Road” as their theme … so all teams came up with team-names based on the wizard of oz. One of the teams found my LEGO mosaic “A Wicked Smile” and asked if they could use the image  for their T-shirts. “A Wicked Smile” is my LEGO interpretation of Elphaba’s (the wicked witch of the west) smile from the Broadway musical, Wicked.

The Mindstorms NXT kit can be purchased from LEGO on their website or at your local LEGO Store.