Donna Nuelinger knows a thing or two about Legos.
She's been building with the colorful blocks since she was 4. Now, she is 33 years old and the teacher of a new after-school program for 7- to 14-year-olds at The Centre. It's called Lego Brick 101.
"Age 15 to 23 were my dark years," said the Edgar Springs resident. "I was busy with school and didn't have time to build."
The class meets once a week for an hour and a half. At the opening class Thursday, two tables full of the colorful plastic building blocks were surrounded by little grabbing hands.
Nuelinger said that sign-up has been so popular that The Centre has opened a second class and a third class, both of which have sold out.
"The kids will learn techniques like overlapping, staggering, micro-design and macro-design," she explained. Earlier this month, Nuelinger won a Brickie Award at a Lego brick fair in Alabama. It was a fan-based convention, she explained.
Her winning entry was an electronic fan, complete with a motor. She built it at her home in Edgar Springs with her massive collection.
"Right now I am at about 500,000 lego pieces," she explained. "But at times there are still pieces that I need."