Bricks and Clicks in Canton pave the way to become a Lego master

He said that despite the pressure of being on the program, there was camaraderie among the participants.

CANTON, Connecticut – Paras Patani is the owner of NextGen SmartyPants, an interactive educational enterprise in stores in Farmington Valley that teaches everything from robotics to coding to all things STEM-related.

Patani’s recipe for success is largely the use of Lego in many of the classes he and his staff teach; The trained engineer has also used Lego to take him to another level. This week, Patani airs in prime time as a participant in Fox’s Lego Masters.

“Everyone just calls me Mr. Lego,” laughed Patani, who said he got involved in Lego creations after his young daughter became interested in them. “Lego Masters is kind of like the Olympics of the Lego world,” Pitani added, “it’s absolutely surreal when you go into the studio.”

Patani and his fellow contestants spent weeks shooting in the Atlanta area that Lego Masters moved to after shooting season one in Los Angeles. He said that despite the pressure of being on the program, there was camaraderie among the participants. “We just wanted to see each other give our best, the cast is just that good.” While the outcome of Lego Master season 2 is a closely guarded secret, Pitani said, “people should watch the show and find the local guy.”

Patani follows in the footsteps of Jessica Ewud, a Lego Masters contestant from Redding who reached the finals of the competition in Season One with her teammate. Lego Masters — Season 2 airs Tuesday night on FOX61 at 8 p.m.


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