Workshops


Information on this page is subject to change without notice

Building Sumo Robots with Mindstorms
Led by: Peter Guenther
This is a free form workshop where you can construct a sumo robot for the sumo competition at Brickworld. There will be several Mindstorms & sumo robot experts on hand to assist you in building and programming your robot. There is no limit to participation if you bring your own Mindstorms kit. There will be several kits provided for use (number is TBD) and signup is to work with these kits. Participants should be at least 8 years old. You can work as teams.

(pre-registration required to borrow one of the available Mindstorms kits)

Build Your Own Mosaic
Led by: Jeremy Moody
Have you ever wondered how the some of the best LEGO mosaics are designed? Have you wanted to build one yourself? In this workshop you will learn everything you need to know to design your own mosaic. We will talk about various techniques in design, including computer aided design - where one method is better than another, etc. You will even get a chance to build your own full color mosaic to show at Brickworld and take home at the end of the event!

Please only register *one* person per "team." All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The mosaics built in the workshop will stay on display for the entire public exhibition. If you are unable to stay for the entire duration of the event, your mosaic will be mailed to you after the event.

(pre-registration required to build + $30 per team for material cost)

Introduction to Animation
Led by: David Pickett & David Pagano
Building for display isn't quite the same as building for cinema… A brick filming primer, this workshop offers a look at the more animated side of the LEGO hobby. Come see a variety of innovative films; learn techniques for set up, construction, and animation with LEGO; and take part in a hands-on demonstration where you can try your hand at bringing minifigs to life.

(no limitations or requirements)

Great Ball Contraption Workshop
Led by: Brian Alano & Rafe Donahue
This workshop will introduce you to the construction of a module for the Great Ball Contraption. After completing the build of this module, yours will be added to the GBC for the weekend. Instructions will be provided along with discussion of the important features of a GBC module.

(to actively participate you will need to bring a predefined kit of parts (list is TBD) or there will be a few kits available for loan or purchase at the workshop (price is TBD))

Sculpture Design (not confirmed)
Led by: Mark Larson
Come and learn true art creation from a real LEGOLAND Model Designer. Learn you how to sculpt and build a sphere, learning the principles of LEGO Sculpture and a technique to sculpt any shape out of LEGO bricks.

(To actively participate bring: a laptop with LEGO Digital Designer (free download from LEGO.com) installed)

Advanced Mosaic Techniques
Led by: Roy Cook & Alice Lieber Cook
Roy Cook leads this workshop with a look at the next level of techniques in constructing a mosaic. Roy says: In this workshop we shall examine some advance mosaic techniques (such as those used in his Aayla Secura mosaic, Johnny Cash mosaic, Reese Witherspoon mosaic, and his Halle Berry mosaic, all displayed at previous Brickworld events. In particular, various techniques for 'blending' color, and using non-rectangular elements to achieve this and other effects, will be discussed.

(pre-registration required to build + TBD per team for material cost)

Next Public Expo


Brickworld Chicago 2014
June 14 - 15, 2014
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, Illinois

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