Pediatric patients build some fun at Lego event
As a former UC Davis Children's Hospital patient, Zachary Hill knows what it is like to spend time in the pediatrics unit of UC Davis Children's Hospital.
Last month, the 17-year-old returned and brought some Lego fun with him.
Hill, a life scout from Troop 107 in Sacramento, decided to focus his Eagle Scout project on creating a playroom event for the boys and girls in the pediatrics unit. As an employee of Play-Well TEKnologies, which hosts Lego-inspired engineering classes for children, he had seen firsthand how Lego can help boost kids' creativity and confidence, while exposing them to principles of engineering and physics.
"I have a big love for Lego and see how much kids love Lego and forget about all the problems they are going thorough while playing," said Hill. "I like helping kids build and seeing how excited they are when it works."
Hill and three other scouts worked directly with patients to build motorized cars and monster trucks using Lego. All Lego pieces were supplied by Play-Well TEKnologies.
As part of Hill's project, he also built a wooden Lego table for the playroom and provided Lego toys for patients to take back to their rooms.
"It's awesome to be able to give back," said Hill.