LEGO Trophies: Year Three

This past Saturday, I had another great time being part of SMaRT Education’s FIRST LEGO League tournament. This year I was able to once again referee on the competition floor. However, hats often change heads as the tournament progresses, and this year I found myself filling in as emcee as well.

But, I get the feeling that’s not why you’re here, is it?

Oh, right! This year, I once again designed and built custom LEGO trophies for the winning teams.

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The LEGO Infiltration.

Since April, production on new artwork, music and writing has been locked in overdrive. So much so that about two weeks ago I finally hit a creativity levee. Calista and I had so many things on our plates that, for my part, something had to give.

However, the factors that have been pulling my attention in different directions are 100% positive.

Factor One: An Old Friend Returns.

A great friend of mine, Tyler Maxey, landed back in town for a brief time. He and I were philosophy students at the same college, and it was great to have him hang out with Calista and I, waxing philosophic about life, health, the universe, careers and entertainment. The three of us went on many hiking adventures before the summer heat finally baked us into staying indoors. A highlight of our adventures was spending one Saturday morning bombarding our senses with sonic frequencies.

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I’m not much of a new-age soul, but the experience was well worth the drive to Landers, CA.

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2012 Desert Cities FIRST LEGO League Senior Solutions Qualifying Tournament: part 2 with Trophy Build Instructions

More links to see some photo coverage from the tournament.

Suboken as the Mad Scientist (the socks made the costume)

Suboken as the Mad Scientist (the socks made the costume)

http://www.pauletteblomquistphotography.com/gallery/26369533_8mPKjk#!i=2198614841&k=Vwzpksw

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Here’s a PDF of the building instructions for the robot trophy. I used LEGO Digital Designer to create the PDF. However, LDD has some limitations in regards to unconventional uses of LEGO pieces. Hopefully the images from the blog illustrate how the whole thing comes together. If not, send me a message and I’ll try to fill in the missing steps. Calista and I ordered all of the pieces for building the trophies from Bricklink.com.

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