Attendees Playing Well At VMworld 17

At VMworld 17, VMware’s largest thought leadership and education event of the year, attendees got an opportunity to not only learn, but also play.  When not in sessions, attendees got the chance to build with over 70,000 pieces of LEGO, as well as create their own LEGO Minifigure to take home.  Here are some of the highlights of what was created:

 

Displayed at the VMware office.

Creating Downtown Novato out of 40,000 LEGO® Pieces

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies collaborated with the South Novato Library and families in the community to build Novato out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks. Families rebuilt the city of Novato, as they would like to see it. Families got to tackle these questions through play:

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

Here is what they came up with.

Building The City of Honolulu out of 20,000 LEGO® Pieces

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies and the Hawaii State Public Library will be collaborating together to create an opportunity for families to build the city of Honolulu out of 20,000 LEGO® Bricks.  Families will have the opportunity to create Honolulu, as they would like to see it.  They can construct the library, downtown Honolulu, their own home, school, playgrounds, parks etc., all out of 20,000 LEGO® pieces all for FREE.  Kids will explore hands-on architecture and learn about how to build strong structures out of LEGO® bricks.

The event is the Kick-off to Hawaii State Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and is completely FREE to the public.  We do encourage families to register at the link below, as the event may sell out.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:  Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 / 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

(You can register for one of six different 30-minute time slots throughout the day)

Location: Hawaii State Public Library, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Register For The City of Honolulu Build Here

Event Contacts:

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do these city builds look like?

Can I drop my kid off at the event?

  • We ask that parents stay with their kids at all times

Will the kids get to keep their LEGO® creations after the event is over?

Can kids bring their own LEGO pieces to add to the city?

  • We ask that kids keep their LEGO® pieces at home as we would not want them to lose their favorite LEGO® pieces

We aren’t able to make it to the event, but would love for you to come to our neighborhood or school.  Is that possible?

How Long Has Play-Well Been in Hawaii?

For more information about Play-Well, visit play-well.org or send a question to Wrenn Okada at Wrenn@play-well.org.

Creating The Oakland Fruitvale District For The Future Out of LEGO® Bricks

Reem’s California and Play-Well TEKnologies had an idea to bring together the community around food and play.

We asked families from the Oakland Fruitvale District these questions:

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

We gave them 40,000 LEGO® pieces and this is what they came up with.  This event was part of the Oakland Cinco De Mayo 2017 Event hosted by Oakland City Councilmember of District 5, Noel Gallo.

If you’d like us to build your neighborhood/city out of LEGO, check out our Special Events Page.

Press Advisory: Creating Lawrence, KS out of LEGO® Bricks

Back in 2014, KC Rising, committed to an initiative to raise the level of quality jobs to 10 of their peer cities by 2025.  A recent Kansas City Star Editorial communicated KC Rising’s vision.  “KC Rising’s areas of focus include education around STEM-related occupations, life sciences, transportation, ways to enhance the region’s global competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship and increasing our human capital.

The City of Lawrence and Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating on a community build on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 to build Downtown Lawrence out of LEGO® Bricks, while also introducing kids to various STEM-related professions.  The goal is to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math in a way that is tangible and fun.

Over 50,000 pieces of LEGO® and hundreds of families will converge at the Carnegie Building in Lawrence, KS, in an effort to build Downtown Lawrence and a part of Kansas University Campus, as a way to get more kids interested in engineering and other STEM and STEAM-related fields.

Location: Carnegie Building, 200 W 9th St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Date: Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Time: 2 PM – 3:30 PM & 4:30 PM – 6 PM (For the best video and photos, we recommend press arrive near the end of each session)

Contact: Erin Morse, erin@play-well.org, 816.945.9917

For more information, click on the link below:

Building The City of Lawrence, KS out of LEGO® Bricks

Here are examples of Play-Well’s City Builds around the country:

Salt Lake City, UT

Atlanta, GA

Washington, D.C.

Hayward, CA

Here are additional examples of other large builds Play-Well has done around the country.

 

Would You Like To Build Your City out of LEGO® Bricks?

For the past 5 years, we have helped cities around the country build their city out of LEGO® bricks with their community.  We have done small cities, big cities, sometimes even entire countries, all made out of thousands of LEGO® pieces.  Let us know if you’d like us to build your city out of LEGO® Bricks by clicking here.  Check out some of our city builds below:

Bay Area Science Festival San Francisco Build (San Francisco, CA)

Salt Lake Valley Build (Salt Lake City, UT)

Lawrence City Build (Lawrence, KS)

International Rescue Committee City Build (Silver Spring, MD)

Oakland Fruitvale City Build (Oakland, CA)

Building Austin out of LEGO (Austin, TX)

St. Louis City Build (St. Louis, MO)

Deeper Learning Conference Map Build 2017 (San Diego, CA)

Building Honolulu out of LEGO® for Hawaii State Library’s Summer Reading Program

Monterey Conference Center Build (Monterey, CA)

Building The City of Hayward & Alameda County (Hayward, CA)

Building Downtown Atlanta out of LEGO for Atlanta Science Festival (Atlanta, GA)

Building Gotham City at the National Building Museum (Washington, DC)

We built the City of Boulder with Boulder Public Library for Introduce A Child To Engineering Day (Boulder, CO) 

Creating The San Francisco Tenderloin District for Sunday Streets (San Francisco, CA)

Growing Urban Gardens at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport (New York, NY)

Building Washington D.C. out of LEGO® Bricks (Washington, D.C.)

Creating The San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Resiliency Map (San Francisco, CA)

SF Families Built Their Neighborhood of Excelsior (San Francisco, CA)

Building Downtown Austin on New Year’s Eve

Over 900 People Helped Build Salt Lake Valley out of LEGO® Bricks

Over 900 people attended the Salt Lake County Valley Build today at Gene Fullmer Fitness & Recreation Center. Over 50,000 LEGO Bricks were used to build the Salt Lake Valley. Thanks Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation for having us!

A few local TV stations stopped by to capture the event:

Salt Lake Tribune’s article about the event: Kids use LEGO® to build their own Salt Lake County

Pictures Courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune