At the LA Auto Show, we collaborated with the LEGO Group to introduce girls to how motors work and build workable, rack & pinion steering cars out of LEGO. Our amazing staff that all have a background in automation, either as former Tesla staffer, former mechanic, or car drifter, all brought a unique perspective to the workshop. We taught girls from DIY Girls, Motorgoddess, and LA Makerspace during the 3-day event.
Every year, Mother’s Day comes around and a few days before many of us scramble to get her the perfect gift at the last minute.
This year, we are encouraging our Play-Well students to plan ahead and through play, create an amazing gift for your mom that she will truly cherish.
We have provided below ideas and tutorials on a few gifts that you can build out of LEGO® materials. And if you need an added incentive to start building now, if you share what you are able to make with us, you could receive a LEGO® gift for your efforts.
Feel free to share your creations via one of our channels:
Check out the projects below for ideas:
A LEGOLAND Master Model Builder shows you how to make the perfect picture frame.
Here are some helpful LEGO® creations you can make to help around the house from Householder Hacker.
On Saturday March 10th, 2018, Play-Well TEKnologies is offering a free and kid friendly, city of Anthem LEGO® build at the Caurus Academy! Families will build the city of Anthem out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks! Kids can construct the Adventure Playground, Daisy Mountain, their own home, school and favorite park all out of LEGO®. Students will explore hands on architecture through learning about overlapping and how buildings are so strong! All LEGO® materials will be provided by Play-Well. For safety, all kids need to bring an adult.
Families will get the opportunity to build the city of Anthem as they see it, as well as answer these questions through play:
- What is your favorite part of Anthem?
- How would you design your own house?
- How would you make Anthem even better than it is now?
This is a FREE event for kids ages 5+. Only kids need tickets
Here are the details of the event:
Location: Caurus Academy 41900 N. 42nd Ave. Anthem, AZ 85086
Date & Time: Saturday March 10th, 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm
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 other Play-Well City Builds:
Each summer, we love to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, inventors, and creators all through play and 20,000 LEGO® Pieces. So, we are excited to announce that our Play-Well LEGO-Inspired Summer Camps are now here. This year, we are offering camps in 29 states around the country.
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)
- Hawaii State Public Library Development Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Play-Well TEKnologies: Wrenn Okada, email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions:
What do these city builds look like?
- Great question. Check out our Play-Well City Builds from around the country here or see the videos below:
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?
- Unfortunately no, as these LEGO® pieces are used to teach our LEGO-Inspired STEM Classes throughout the year.
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?
- Absolutely! Simply fill out our special request form here.
How Long Has Play-Well Been in Hawaii?
- Play-Well has been on Oahu since December 2015. Here is one of our first classes we ran at Millani YMCA back in 2015.
Parents frequently ask us “How can my kid become a LEGO® Master Builder?” Although we are not LEGO® Master Builders ourselves, we have met a few of them and we have spent a great deal of time in the world of LEGO®. So, we decided the best way to answer these questions is to compile an extensive list of our favorite resources about the various paths of turning your love of LEGO® into a career.
We apologize for the length, as we wanted to make it as comprehensive a list as possible. If you have additional links you’d like to share, feel free to provide them in the comments below.
We have broken it down into two sections:
- How Can My Child Become a LEGO® Master Builder?
- Can I Get Paid To Play With LEGO® without becoming a LEGO® Master Builder?
We hope you find this helpful.
How Can My Child Become a LEGO® Master Builder – Comprehensive Resource List
Before we begin, we must first define a few job terms in the world of LEGO®.
LEGO® Master Builders are generally responsible for designing and building promotional displays for The LEGO Group, such as X-Wing, LEGO® Version of David Ortiz, and the Millennium Falcon. There are currently only 7 LEGO® Master Builders in the world.
LEGO® Designers create the LEGO sets that you get to build with.
LEGO® Master Model Builders create promotional displays at LEGOLAND Parks around the world.
LEGO® Certified Professionals is a community-based program made up of adult LEGO® hobbyists who have turned their passion for building and creating with LEGO® bricks into a full-time or part-time profession.
What we found from our research is a complicated truth. There is no specific route to become a LEGO® Master Builder. Master builders and designers come from all different backgrounds and all walks of life. Some builders didn’t even play with LEGO® as a kid!
Does your entire family consist of LEGO® fanatics? For the last seven years, we have been working with the Father and son duo, Dan and Chris Steininger, as part of LEGO® Kidsfest,. Chris has followed in his father Dan’s footsteps to become a father-son LEGO® Master Builder team! For the Steininger’s LEGO® really is a family affair.
The LEGO® Master Model Builder world has been a bit of a boys club but the field is transitioning into an increasingly girl-friendly environment. In June 2014, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester hired their first female LEGO® Master Model Builder, Veronica Watson. She was recently in a NY Times article, featuring her LEGO version of Picasso’s Guernica.
Dana Brandsema, one of our awesome Play-Well staff, was a LEGO® Master Model Builder back in 2010 at San Diego’s LEGOLAND. Here is her story on how she became a model builder:
If your daughter loves to create unique creations out of LEGO® make sure to snap a lot of photos for her portfolio. One day she may be competing to become the next LEGO® Master Builder.
Not all of the LEGO® Master Builders spend their time making models for theme parks and discovery centers. Former corporate attorney, Nathan Sawaya left his job in New York City to become a full-time LEGO® artist. His brick sculptures have been featured in countless museums and galleries around the world. He is best known for his Art of The Brick Exhibition, which CNN has called “one of the top global exhibitions to see.”
Many of the Master Builders we have come across have a background in the arts including fine art, cartoons and sculpting. Erik Varszegi didn’t play with LEGO® as a child but he did love comic books and Star Wars.
The LEGO® Blockumentary Series is a great resource for parents & kids who want to learn what it’s like during at an average day working for LEGO®. Here is one of Dan Steininger.
If you would like to work at LEGOLAND as a LEGO® Master Model Builder, there is one rite of passage for everyone in this coveted job. The LEGO® Master Model Builder job interview is a live competition where LEGO® fanatics have to build against one another to earn the spot as the newest LEGO® Master Model Builder. Check out this video of a real LEGO® Master Model Builder build competition at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Arizona.
According to LEGOLAND staff, “passion and the agility of being creative” are key ingredients to becoming part of the LEGO® team. Here is an infographic from LEGOLAND on how to become a LEGO® Master Model Builder.
Quartz recently did an interesting interview with Erik Varszegi and asked him about becoming a Master Builder. According to Eric, the harsh reality is, “Sadly, you probably have a better chance of being a pro basketball player.” There are only 7 LEGO® Master Builders in the world.
That is no reason to be discouraged. There are still hundreds of jobs with LEGO® besides being a Master Builder and working at the LEGO® company is a great way to climb through the ranks. You can start as a gluer, a model builder, product design, transportation logistics, engineering, game design and more. LEGO® is always hiring enthusiastic, passionate people. They have offices and build centers all over the world and many times model builders will have the flexibility to relocate. Check out their online job listings for more information.
Want to know what it is like to work at The LEGO Group Headquarters? Check out this video and the Life At The LEGO Group YouTube Series here.
Can I Get Paid To Play With LEGO® without becoming a LEGO® Master Builder?
You sure can. Another route to being able to play to build with LEGO® is to explore the world of AFOL: Adult Fans of LEGO®. An entire documentary called The LEGO® Brickumentary depicts the AFOL world and all the awesome people who are part of it.
Quite a few people in the AFOL community have been able to turn their passion of LEGO® into a part or full-time job playing with LEGO®. One of those amazing people, Alice Finch, built gigantic models of both Hogwarts and Rivendell out of LEGO® materials.
Alice may not have the title of a LEGO® Master Builder, but all of her work communicates otherwise. She recently came out with the phenomenal resource for builders: The LEGO Architecture IDEA Book.
There is Miss Courageous, Millie Higert, who makes LEGO®-Inspired Jewelry. There is the creative artist, Guy Himber, who makes fun, customizable pieces out of LEGO®. Mariann Asanuma, a former LEGO® Master Model Builder, makes models out of LEGO® materials through her organization, Modeling Building Secrets. Joshua Harlan and Matthew Kay turned their love of LEGO® into a film career where they spotlight the world’s top LEGO® builders and their creations on their youtube channel: Beyond The Brick. They recently visited Alice Finch’s house to see her 4 Million LEGO® piece collection.
You can meet tremendous LEGO® builders and creators, just like them, at the AFOL events that happen all over the country and see some of their incredible creations. Here is a list of these LEGO® Conventions.
Here are a few other pretty amazing people creating phenomenal creations with LEGO® materials:
Yoshito Isogawa, who has written a few books about LEGO, including The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines
In our travels, we have met LEGO® Stop-Motion Animators, photographers of all things LEGO® with huge followings on Instagram, writers blogging about their love of LEGO®, designers who create custom LEGO® Minifigures, as well as individuals making a living simply opening LEGO® kits to talk about them. Check out this next example.
Do you think you are still too young to get paid to play with LEGO®?
Meet Evan, who started making videos of himself playing with toys at 6. He now has been doing reviews about LEGO® sets and other toys on his channel EvanTubeHD for the past 5 years.
His little sister also has a channel called JillianTubeHD.
How do we play with LEGO® at Play-Well?
At Play-Well, we play with LEGO® by teaching LEGO®-Inspired STEM and STEAM programs. Our hope is to inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and innovators, as well as LEGO® Master Builders & Designers. Our staff love getting kids excited about engineering while playing. Here is our story of how we turned our passion for LEGO® into careers:
Some of our staff now help build huge structures out of LEGO® materials as a way to bring the community together. Here is one of our favorite recent builds:
Want even more information about becoming a LEGO® Master Builder, artist or designer? We have provided additional articles, interviews, and videos below. If you see a great article or video missing from this list, let us know and we will add it.
LEGO® Master Builder Articles:
LEGO® Master Builder Interviews:
LEGO® Master Builder Videos:
Great Links That Are All Things LEGO®
- Gizmodo – LEGO (Features the latest cool LEGO® creations)
- The Brothers Brick (Great blog highlighting phenomenal LEGO® artists and designers)
- JK Brickworks Creations Instructions (JK Brickworks creations with instructions on how to build them)
- LEGO Technic – Tora No Maki (Yoshito Isogawa’s first book with so many inventive LEGO® Technic creations)
- LDraw (LEGOCad)
- Bricklink (The EBay of LEGO)
Back in 2009, a corporation asked us if we could provide them a fun team building event using LEGO® materials. Well, our organization had been playing with LEGO® bricks since 1997, so we thought, why not give it a try. Approximately 9 years later, we have now run team building events for Fortune 500 companies around the country, including organizations such as Google, Microsoft, VISA, Pixar, and Clorox. Check out what we have done below and the philosophy behind our team building events:
Check out some of the events we have run below:
Clorox visited Play-Well Pleasanton and created a Rube Goldberg LEGO project that used it’s own products.
We recently ran a Play-Well Team Building Event for Google’s Global Food Program Team. The goals were to inspire creativity, collaboration, all while solving problems in a fun way. And of course, we used LEGO to do this. Check out some of the LEGO challenges they got to do.
If you’d like us to provide a team building event for your organization, simply complete our team building interest form HERE. For more information about our Play-Well Team Building events, click HERE.
We were lucky enough to participate again in Adobe’s Field Trip for their families at their Utah, Seattle, and San Jose office. There were dinosaurs, Hula dancers, gliders, clowns, and of course, we brought the LEGO. Hopefully, we were able to inspire some future engineers in the process.
Adobe – Lehi, UT
Adobe – Seattle
Adobe – San Jose, CA
On April 28th, 2015, we provided a Engineering with LEGO workshop at Northglenn STEM High School’s Girls Only Engineering Day. Here is a description of the event:
“The goal of GO Engineering Day is to provide opportunities for our female students at Northglenn STEM High School to learn about different fields in engineering, to meet and talk with professional engineers and engineering students, to learn about local engineering schools, and to participate in activities to develop skills involved in different engineering fields. We are hoping that this event will be run completely by women, for women.”
Check out some pictures from the event: