NEWS | August 13, 2014

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.

Photo of patient building race car
One patient builds a race car out of Lego with Boy Scout Reed Prichard. View more photos on the UC Davis Children's Hospital Facebook page.

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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit