November 2 - 3, 2013
Tippecanoe County 4-H Fairgrounds
1010 Teal Road, Lafayette, Indiana
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Led by Rafe and Olivia Donahue
This session is a 2 hour learning experience to expose kids to common building terms and techniques. It is designed for 6 - 10 year olds and includes a presentation, some hands on building, and a walk through the event hall to identify the techniques in the creations there.
Building Techniques: Shadow Box Dioramas
Led by Brian Williams
Shadowboxes are specialized dioramas which permit maximum creative control of the storytelling process. Brian Williams will share tips and techniques for building shadowboxes from conception through lighting.
Building Techniques: Miniland Basics
Led by Mariann Asanuma
Miniland (1/20 scale) building is seen at all the LEGOLAND parks around the world and yet it is still mainly misunderstood in the AFOL community. Mariann has been building in Miniland scale for over a decade and will share why its such a fun scale to build in and how to do it.
Building Techniques: Height
Led by Mike McDermott
Mike, from ChiLUG, will demonstrate how to build your creations to new heights using techniques developed while building taller buildings and space rockets. He will also welcome anyone else to add their own ideas to the discussion.
Brick Built: Engineering SCI
Led by Scott Bowman and Chris Hettinger
Chris had a vision, and Scott was there to help. They built the Science Center of Iowa, a Des Moines icon, out of 60,000 LEGOs, distributed 500 micro kits, hosted more than 3,800 people, had contests, a show, and engaged kids of every size to enjoy this hobby. The event took over a year to plan, included new LEGO program and over $12,000 in fundraising. They will share this journey and in this session will talk about how to plan and organize an event of this kind, and all the lessons learned along the way.
Building Techniques: Steampunk
Led by Dave Sterling
Lord Sterling will introduce attendees to the Steampunk subset of the Adult Fan of LEGO community. Prominent builders and their creations will be highlighted along with key Steampunk LEGO elements. Custom Minifigures, Sub-Themes, and Steampunk Community crossover will also be discussed.
Building Techniques: Great Ball Contraption
Led by Bill Bartley & Tom Atkinson
Do something different... build a GBC (Great Ball Contraption) module for Brickworld 2104! A group of GBC makers will be present to discuss how to construct their own GBC module. The discussion will cover the standards used to connect the modules from a variety of builders to make a collaborative display and to encourage participation. A brief history of the GBC will be presented along with some tips to help and also pitfalls to avoid.
Community: Mindstorms EV3 Preview
Led by Steve Hassenplug & John Brost
This is an open discussion about LEGO's newest MINDSTORM kit, the EV3. We will explain the differences between all MINDSTORMS processors, and MINDSTORMS kits, and also answer any questions you may have.
Community: Roller Coaster Sneak Peek
Led by Adam Reed Tucker
Brickstructures, Inc. will be unveiling the 2 year-in-the-making roller coaster kit project. Adam will be explaining the process of designing from concept through finished production alongside the engineers of Coaster Dynamics who will explain the physics behind it all and show several prototype models.
Community: Teen Fan of LEGO Discussion
Led by Olivia Donahue
Teens are the future adult fans of LEGO. This discussion provides a forum for teens to share their ideas and create relationships that will carry forward as they start to be the driving force behind the fan events. Olivia will facilitate the discussion with key questions that she will open for group discussion.
Community: The Beneficient LEGO Fan Wikis
Led by Brian Alano
Have you ever wondered where to find some kind of information on the LEGO hobby online? Come to this session and see a presentation and demonstration on LEGO Fan Wikis. Brian will lead you through the basics for navigating and contributing to these online warehouses of knowledge that depend on the fans.
Building Techniques: Landscaping Design
Led by Mark Larson
LEGOLAND Model Designer Mark Larson conducts this presentation about landscaping your layout. Topics covered are: brick-built trees, mountain sculpting, vegetation and a quick geology primer. This may sound like a repeat session from last year. But, Mark always changes the content to ensure fresh and exciting information..
Community: Expectations from LEGO
Led by Kevin Hinkle
Come join Kevin Hinkle, North America Community Coordinator, from The LEGO Group as he provides an introduction into what he does with the fan community. An update of current projects will be addressed followed with discussion around what the fan community expects from the LEGO company in regards to support. This informal round table discussion will allow opportunity for questions, concerns and suggestions to further strengthen collaboration between the LEGO Fan community and the LEGO Community team.
Philosophy: Are MOCs Fan Fiction?
Led by Roy Cook
All of us are familiar with traditional fan fiction - that is, non-canonical stories written (or drawn, or filmed, etc.) by fans that further explore, or creatively subvert the assumptions of, an established fictional universe. In this presentation we will examine the idea that LEGO MOCs are a form of fan fiction, consisting of fan-created models that expand a pre-existing fictional universe initially established by the LEGO Group. Additionally, we will explore how this idea can be used to generate new and exciting building ideas, and to enrich both the AFOL building experience and our understanding and appreciation of LEGO MOCs.
Building Techniques: Train Technology
Led by Steve Jackson, Cale Leiphart, & Nate Bliss
The PennLUG team will present advanced techniques for ballasting track, Power Functions driven decoupling in a locomotive, MINDSTORMS NXT trolley control, and prototypical yard layout and operation.
Community: Model Inspiration
Led by Mark Larson
What inspires you to build? LEGOLAND Model Designer Mark Larson leads this presentation about how we find inspiration and what we can do with it once we do. Topics covered include: Sources of inspiration, LEGO vs. real-life inspiration, time management and how to translate what inspires you from your imagination to your brick creations.
Community: FFOL Roundtable
Led by Stacy Sterling
Open forum for Female Fans of LEGO (FFOLs) of all ages. A great chance to meet other FFOLs and chat about what we love to do - build! We will also discuss ideas for presentations, collaborative builds, competitions, workshops and other FFOL focused activities for Brickworld 2014.
Community: Promoting Your LUG
Led by Dave Laswell & Scot Thompson
Join a presentation/roundtable on how to develop show opportunities for your LEGO User Group (LUG) or just for your group of friends if you aren’t in a LUG, hosted by members of MichLUG.
Community: LEGO CUUSOO
Led by Peter Esperson
What happens when you throw open the proverbial doors to the LEGO factory? A whole lot of great product ideas from the best LEGO fans out there, and some cool products like LEGO Minecraft Micro World. But what's next? How will the site evolve? What kind of stuff can we make? And most importantly, how can you get your idea made as a LEGO product? Come and get the scoop personally from LEGO’s Online Community Manager.
Building Techniques: Decal Application
Led by Dan Siskind & Brickmania
Would you like to learn the best methods for applying decals to your bricks? Come do some hands-on work with the assistance of decal masters from Brickmania. Bring along your favorite Brickmania decal along with a torso or 2x2 brick to apply the decal. Or, just come to watch and learn.
Community: World's Largest LEGO Creation: X-Wing Fighter
Led by Joe Meno
Joe was able to get up close and personal with the X-Wing Fighter unveiled at Times Square. Come and see pictures and video of the just released creation and experience it yourself through Joe’s lens as he shares his experience.