Can You Create Music Out Of LEGO® Pieces?

One of our students asked us “can we create music out of LEGO® pieces?”  Our response was “let’s try.”  Here is what we have been able to come up with.

Our North Bay Manager, Justin, created a mini guitar made out of LEGO.  You can even tune the strings individually using a LEGO Worm Gear Box.

Tag us on a video of you creating music out of LEGO® materials, and we will send you a LEGO® prize.

Happy 4th of July From Play-Well!

We want to wish you a Happy 4th of July!  To commemorate this, we have compiled a group of awesome LEGO builds from around the internet that celebrates the 4th of July, the United States, as well as fireworks.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Source: http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/MMMB016_Fireworks

Source: https://legomyphoto.wordpress.com/tag/fireworks/

We Set A World LEGO® Record With SoulPancake

On Saturday, July 1st, 2017, we collaborated with SoulPancake’s LEGO® show, BRICK X BRICK, to set a World LEGO® Record!  Over 200 Families from all parts of the Los Angeles area came out to help build 1000 LEGO® “Origami” Cranes.  The goal was to not only set a world record but also bring the community together through play.

SoulPancake will be creating an episode for their 3rd Season of Brick By Brick with Adam Ward about this event.  Check out some of the highlights of the event below.

 

 

Building the City of Austin with the Thinkery

On June 14th, we partnered with the Thinkery, a creative space for families to experience the magic of science, for their community night. We had an amazing time building the city of Austin out of over 40,000 LEGO® bricks with local families. We included the Thinkery building and the iconic Frost tower in our city build. It was four hours of excited kids ready to create the city of Austin!

KVUE Austin even came down to cover the building of LEGO®-inspired Austin.

Celebrating The Golden State Warriors By Building With LEGO®

Because Play-Well TEKnologies is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, our staff are huge Golden State Warriors fans.  We are doing another Golden State Warriors Building Challenge where if you can create a Golden State Warriors Tribute out of LEGO® materials, you could win a Golden State Warriors Bow Tie made out of LEGO® materials.  We are giving away over 40 Bow Ties for fans to wear during these NBA Finals.  The best part is it is FREE to enter and you get to have fun playing with LEGO while creating an awesome Golden State Warriors Tribute.

Check the details on how to enter below.

Here are examples of what fans have built in the past to celebrate the Warriors.

Here are some of our Golden State Warriors Fan Recipients from the past:

To enter, do the following steps:

#1. Build a Golden State Warriors Tribute in LEGO and tag us one of our social media channels:

#2. Tag us on social media or email your picture to jeff@play-well.org.

Feel free to also tag the Golden State Warriors:

#3. Celebrate! You are done!

Deadline To Enter: The End of the NBA Finals

Enjoy the rest of the NBA Finals!

Press Advisory: Creating the City of Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks at The Thinkery

On Wednesday Night, June 14th, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating with the Thinkery to build the city of Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks.  Families will get the opportunity to build the city of Austin as they would like to see it.  They also get to tackle these questions through play:

  • If you had the chance to design the city of Austin, how would you design it?
  • What else would you add to the city that you currently think is missing?
  • How would you make Austin even better than it is now?

Building The City of Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks takes place during Thinkery’s special Community Night hours (Wednesdays from 4–8 pm), when admission to the museum is by donation—meaning families are able to pay what they can. The suggested donation is $1.

Thinkery strives to provide a friendly, inspiring space to learn for the entire community, regardless of financial status. By providing experiences to underserved audiences, the museum broadens its ability to equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.

For information about Thinkery and its Community Night program, please click here.

For information about Thinkery’s STEAM on the Spot program, please click here.

Here are the details of the event:

Event: Building The City of Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks

Location: The Thinkery, Austin Children’s Museum, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 13th, 2017 / 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thinkery Contact:Taylor Grobelny, tgrobelny@thinkeryaustin.org.

Play-Well Contact: Miranda Urban, miranda@play-well.org

Thinkery

Thinkery is an evolution of Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.  For more information, visit thinkeryaustin.org.

Play-Well TEKnologies

Play-Well TEKnologies teaches LEGO-Inspired STEM Programs to approximately 100,000 kids/year around the U.S.  Their goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers, innovators, scientists, and inventors all through the power of play.  Kids dive into our classes and exercise their innate gift for building. They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate.  For more information, visit play-well.org.

Examples of city builds in other states:

 

Partnering with Hawaii State Library To Build Honolulu Out of LEGO® Bricks

On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 318 keiki builders imagined big and created a LEGO® inspired city of Honolulu with their favorite Hawaii landmarks—both manmade and natural, using over 20,000 LEGO®!  The event was the kickoff to Hawaii State Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Hawaii’s First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige was amazed and tickled to add the LEGOR-esque version of her favorite President Abraham Lincoln landmark statue that proudly stands at the front of her alma mater Ewa Elementary School.

Here’s what the library had to say about the event:

Aloha, Wrenn!

You and the Play-Well TEKnologies team “Build a Better World” in all that you do! 

We deeply appreciate all of your efforts to help us build a successful kick-off event for the Hawaii State Public Library System’s 2017 Summer Reading Program.  It was truly awesome to witness a total of 318 keiki builders imagine big and create even bigger a LEGOR-inspired city with their favorite Hawaii landmarks—both manmade and natural! 

Your team’s super positive encouragement and warm demeanor combined with the 20,000 LEGOR bricks were a winning combination to building super-sized smiles from all the participants and their family members partaking in the build.

We received many glowing reviews at the event from keiki and their families who shared how much the enjoyed the activity.  Even Hawaii’s First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige was amazed and tickled to show off the LEGOResque version of her favorite President Abraham Lincoln that you created for her to add the landmark statue that proudly stands at the front of her alma mater Ewa Elementary School.

Again, thank you very much for helping our public libraries to kick off the summer of reading to “Build a Better World”.  

Mahalo!

 

Mary Okinaka

Project Specialist  |  Library Development Services Section

Hawaii State Public Library System