LEGO and Warner brothers have teamed up to bring LEGO: The Motion picture to the big screen. Also known as LEGO: The piece of Resistance is according to writer Phil Lord:
the story of basically a young man who doesn’t have a creative bone in his body and [he] has to always build things from the instructions, he’s an ‘instructions worker’. In the LEGO city, they build buildings, and it turns out in this universe it’s illegal to build apart from the instructions. So what he finds out is that he’s actually [a] descendant from these like super creative Jedi-type people who are called ‘Master Builders’ and he has been charged with saving the universe from being frozen together by an evil bad guy, so over the course of the movie he has to unlearn all of that lame-o, uncreative stuff and learn how to build without all of the instructions in order to save the universe.
Accordingly the Press release identifies our Master Builder as:
Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared.
And that’s all well and good, But it gets even better: the film’s directors have put together a Vehicle Design Contest, and are asking for you to build a LEGO vehicle for the film, The winner, gets $1000 and will have their vehicle appear in the movie. Now that’s cool. you creation on the big screen.
It’s old news, and the actual game is not available until October 30th, but my own kids are so excited about the upcoming LEGO Lord of the Rings Game, that I thought I should at least mention it. Plus if you pre-order from GameStop, you get the exclusive Elrond mini-figure. Which if your any kind of LEGO, or LOTR fan or collector, you’ll want to do so, as this is the only way to get one.
As to the game itself, online reviews are trickling in, and they promise and even better experience than the previous LEGO Games. And just in case your not sold on it yet, you can check out this preview from E3 and Machinima
Most everyone by now has heard about FIRST LEGO League, and knows about it’s purpose to help students develop engineering and problem solving skills, preparing students for higher level education and careers working in Robotics and other like fields.
I imaging that to most, this appears only as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, but it needn’t be so. It is possible, as Researchers form Carnegie Mellon University demonstrate, sometimes LEGO is not on the path to the solution, but rather the actual solution.
Researchers at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University have enlisted the help of some custom made LEGO robots to grow artificial bone samples. In order to build up the bone grafts, a scaffold needs to be repeatedly dipped in a number of different solutions to grow the compound, a highly repetitive task that lent itself to a little bit of home-brewed automation.
Using LEGO and it’s Mindstorms components, the team built specialized robots to perform the otherwise monotonous tasks for them. So great a cconcept, Google producted the following video to help promote their online Science Fair*.
*Note: The entry window for Google’s online Science Fair has passed, but you can still sign up to get a notification when next Years opens up!
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