Inside a classroom of West Hartford’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 8½-year-old Matthew is trying to figure out which gear to use for the robot he is building.
At first glance, Matthew could be using any basic DIY kit, but the components are being used to build a solar-powered robot, part of the Renewable Energy Robotics class offered by the new West Hartford-based franchise, Snapology.
Regardless of the level of difficulty, the natural impulse is for Matthew to reach for the instructions or manual that came with the hundreds of pieces laying on the table that could be inclusive of any LEGO set found on toy store shelves. In this instance, however, there are no instructions. While the kids are guided through a series of steps in pursuit of an end result, the roadmap is one that is traveled with nothing more than instinct and creativity, which is the fundamental philosophy behind the Snapology brand.