Monthly Archives: May 2014

The next thing you think of will destroy the world: Oh No! A Giant LEGO® Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

 

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man | OliverSeonWow – as kids growing up we loved Ghostbusters, and we celebrated with everyone else when LEGO® announced the imminent release of a Ghostbusters LEGO® set to mark the 30th anniversary of the film!  But this takes it to another level.

The excellent cityscape pictured above (photo from Gizmodo) was built by the Korean building team OliverSeon to complement the official set.  Amazing stuff – the buildings reach the waist of the builders.

Check out the post in the Leg Godt blog outlining the work, with many more pictures.

 

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Spots on our July school holiday program are now available! Fun for kids with LEGO® Bricks, located at Willoughby

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Looking for something new for the kids in the winter break? BRICKS 4 KIDZ® vacation care is a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school holidays! With specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun. Themes for the coming break include Mining and Crafting, Super Hero Academy, Space Adventures and Amusement Parks.

Our vacation care is designed for kids ages 5 – 12 and is staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors. Children work in small groups to build projects using BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model plans. They also get to make creations of their own during our free play periods. We keep the action going with games and challenges using LEGO® Bricks to make sure they get their fill of LEGO® fun!

All the vacation programs will be held at 1st Willoughby Scout Hall, 56 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW 2068, and run Monday through to Friday.  You can choose morning or afternoon sessions, or for hardcore little master builders, they can choose full days.  Each child will receive a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt and a custom LEGO® mini-figure to take home.

There are only 20 spots in each workshop.  You can download details here, to share with friends – get a group going!

 

Here are the available sessions:

Minecraft® Steve | BRICKS 4 KIDZ®Mining and Crafting

30 June – 4 July ⚛ Morning session 9am – 12pm

Experience the world of MineCraft® with LEGO® bricks in this creative school holiday workshop! Kids will begin by crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters and tools using traditional bricks and mosaic builds. Children will face new challenges each day building motorised BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models and crafting key elements from the MineCraft® game.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 7+

 

Space Adventure

30 June – 4 July ⚛ Afternoon session 1pm – 4pm

Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™, our Space Adventures program is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off! Each day, children will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the day includes LEGO® Star Wars™ themed models, group games, challenges and more. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Space Adventure provides the spark for imagination and creativity.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 6+

 

Ticket to Ride

7 July – 11 July ⚛ Morning session 9am – 12pm

Get your ticket to ride at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® amusement park! Kids will build a new ride each day, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock. They will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges. Motorised models maximise the action and fun. Each day includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model building and more.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Super Hero Academy

7 July – 11 July ⚛ Afternoon session 1pm-4pm

Join BRICKS 4 KIDZ® for a week building Super Heroes with LEGO® bricks. Explore all the caped crusaders and discover their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all of the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO® bricks.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Details

  • Weekly vacation care runs Monday – Friday.
  • Morning sessions are from 9am-12pm
  • Afternoon sessions are from 1pm-4pm
  • The cost is $225 per week (morning or afternoon sessions), or $450 per week (morning and afternoon sessions)
  • Please note that food is not provided. Please provide a nut-free snack for your child to enjoy during every day of vacation care. If staying for the full day children will need to bring their own nut-free lunch.

 

Check out our cancellation policy, missed classes policy and other notes here.

Get in quick before all the spots are gone!

 

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You’re Never Too Young To Know: Harnessing LEGO® to teach young people about Nelson Mandela

Mandela-Legocy | www.legocy.co.zaWow – how cool is this.  The Nelson Mandela Foundation is petitioning LEGO® to create a “Madiba freedom fighter set” (Madiba being the affectionate clan name used by South Africans to refer to Mandela).

The idea behind the set is to ensure that the Madiba story continues to be told to young South Africans, to keep his lessons alive for new generations who didn’t live through the apartheid struggle. It is an idea that really speaks to the global creative power and cultural influence of LEGO®.

The Foundation is adding names to the petition now, which it intends to hand to LEGO® on 5 December 2104 (the first anniversary of Madiba’s passing).  What a powerful idea!

You can see the LEGO® stop-motion animation video of Madiba’s story that the Foundation put together here below this post.  Then, check out the Madiba Legocy petition site and add your name to the list!

 

 

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The tallest LEGO® structure on Earth – and the kids involved will never forget it

Worlds Tallest LEGO Tower | Red Clay Consolidated School District

Now – that is a lot of LEGO®!

In August 2013, Delaware’s John Dickinson High School set the World Record for the tallest LEGO® tower, at 112 feet, 11.75 inches (that’s 11 stories tall!).  The LEGO® tower – constructed by students across the Red Clay Consolidated School District – is made up of more than 500,000 bricks and took months to complete.

Classes in all the schools in the district (primary, elementary and high schools as well as special needs schools) were assigned a piece to build. If you watch the video at the bottom of the post, you can see that some classes in particular worked hard to stamp their own identity on their piece. Rather than simply stack all the pieces into a square, they used the opportunity to create an Angry Bird, a US flag, or a message!  Its a great way to get all the students in the district working together on a project, and taking pride in the result.

Beyond the High School build team, it was a summer-long project for students from all over Red Clay. Students were involved in different facets for the project including talking to architects and engineers, raising the sponsorship for the project, learning about proportions and ratios using the brick—and also the economics of buying hundreds of thousands of LEGO® pieces.

Here’s a shot of a few of the class sections arriving on site:

Worlds Tallest LEGO Tower | Piece by Piece | HLNtv.com

 

 

Here’s a perspective shot of the tower, with one of the engineering team standing by.

Worlds Tallest LEGO Tower | Perspective | huffingtonpost.co.uk

 

The tower is a fantastic achievement by a community working together.  It is the first time ever that the world record for tallest LEGO® tower hasn’t been held by a country or the LEGO® company itself.

But lets face it – beyond all the feel-good messages about teamwork, etc, this is something that the kids involved will remember forever.

Photos used in this post came from the Huffington Post, HLNtv.com, and the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Check out this short video for more:

 

 

 

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Catch up on our most popular posts from the last month!

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Via our monthly email newsletter.  This month we featured Maker Culture, the need for more women in STEM fields, a post on our search for great people to join our team, and the LEGO® City built by strangers.

 

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Cool things people do with LEGO®: Building Blocks of Awesome!

Nathan Sawaya | societeperrier.com

Found a fantastic article today on the Societe Perrier site today, called “Building Blocks of Awesome: Meet the World’s 10 Most Creative Lego Artists” – wow! It is definitely worth having a look, and sharing.

They profile ten artists around the world who are doing surprising and very cool things with LEGO®.  Some of our faves are:

  • Nathan Sawaya, from the US, who concentrates on using LEGO® as a new material for contemporary themes.  His work, Yellow, pictured here at the top of the post;
  • Marco Sodano, from Italy, who used LEGO® to create pixallated versions of some of the world’s most familiar and significant artworks, thus exposing them in new ways to new audiences (see examples at the bottom of the post); and
  • Adly Syairi Ramly, from Malaysia, who uses LEGO® to recreate rock’s best album covers (now there is an art form at risk of loss to the world as we go digital!).

These artists all harness LEGO®’s flexibility, which helps it to be a source of inspiration to kids and adults (and artists!) worldwide.

Both images used here are from the Societe Perrier site.  Take a look!

Marco Sodano | societeperrier.com

 

 

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“How STEM Jobs Can Take Women To The C-Suite And Beyond”: A message worth sharing!

“The STEM background is a great foundation for problem solving and leadership. Our job is to solve problems. A lot of people believe as an engineer you’re sitting in a cubicle in front of a computer by yourself. We have to collaborate to really innovate.”

Every year, Forbes magazine hosts a Women’s Summit in New York City to bring together successful women redefining careers.  This year one of the sessions focused on the opportunities presented to women through STEM-related careers (“STEM: The New Pathway to the Corner Office “).

At Bricks 4 Kidz we believe STEM Education is important for our childrenThe quote at the head of this post came from an article highlighting the key points from the session, and it gets right to the heart of the issue.  Too often, STEM careers are seen as the exclusive domain of nerdy “brogrammers” but the reality is that success in this field relies on the characteristics that women excel at – collaboration, communication and fresh points of view.  STEM careers can be a great launching pad for ambitious young women.

It is fantastic to see women standing up and arguing the case for more girls in STEM-related education.

It is a message that is worth sharing!

 

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The LEGO® City Built By Strangers


City That Strangers Built 1 | Photo via Gizmodo

We’re always looking out for epic collaborative LEGO® projects!  This one caught our eye.

Danish artist Olafur Eliasson recently created a wonderful interactive exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in Dunedin, New Zealand that invites guests to come together and “construct an evolving miniature cityscape” out of 150,000 white LEGO® bricks.

Much like previous exhibitions of this type, patrons are instructed to sit at a long communal table and interact with one another to plan out their futuristic, all-white architecture as a group.

Very cool.  Check out more photos here on the Leg Godt blog at Gizmodo.  Both photos in this post are via Gizmodo.

City That Strangers Built 2 | Photo via Gizmodo

 

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Somewhere, a blind person might now be able to read this blog post, thanks to a 12-year old kid.

Inventor Shubham Banerjee with Braigo | www.en.wikipedia.org:wiki:BraigoMeet Braigo: the low-cost Braille printer made of LEGO® pieces, built by .. (wait for it) .. a 12-year-old boy.

Parents everywhere grew up with LEGO® and know it as a great way to get kids building with their hands.  But, LEGO® has moved on a long way since our days.  I remember the most desirable models in my neighbourhood came from the 1980s era Classic Space collection.

Now of course, kids can choose from Star Wars, City, Harry Potter, Friends and endless other, vastly more sophisticated LEGO® collections.  But LEGO® (and the possibilities) go way beyond that.

Shubham Banerjee (pictured above) is a young kid who grew up in Belgium and then the US.  In January this year, as part of a science fair challenge, he built a working Braille printer using a LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 kit and some extra commonly used hardware.

All up, the printer was built withUS$350 of pieces.  It sounds like a lot of money, but not when you hear that previously, Braille printers cost over US$1,900 each!

An amazing achievement.  What may be most impressive however is what happened next – Shubham decided to open source the innovation, by publishing the software he used and the instructions to build the printer, to encourage as many people as possible to copy it.

At BRICKS 4 KIDZ®, we are passionate about encouraging kids to build unique creations with LEGO® bricks, such as the Braigo.  Have a look at our Programs & Events to see how your child can get involved.

And, check out the tw0 minute instructional video to build Braigo here – it could be a great winter’s day project!

Bravo, Shubham!

 

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