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All hands on deck with LEGO®

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by Bronwyn
Publish date
20 January 2014
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Bronwyn is the manager of MV's Discovery Centres.

Melbourne Museum’s LEGO® Mystery Mosaic summer holiday activity is proving very popular with visitors, and they are assembling mosaic squares faster than we ever anticipated. Our Manager of Education and Community Programs, Georgie Meyer,  put out a call to all museum staff to help prepare the next mosaic board for our enthusiastic visitors.

visitors with lego Melbourne Museum visitors constructing pieces of the mosaic.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Girl holding lego The mosaic is made from 4,600 of these mosaic squares, each covered in coloured tiny LEGO® blocks.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

woman with lego mosaic Susie placing a completed piece onto the mosaic board.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

To keep this activity running, two giant 4m x 2m mosaic boards are rotated; as one board is completed a new one is rolled out. Preparing the new board involves a mammoth effort to unpick 170,000 tiny LEGO® blocks from 4,600 mosaic squares. Georgie and the public programs crew thought we would have a ten day turnaround to do this, however it is taking only five days for our eager visitors to fill a board!

LEGO® Mystery Mosaic James Bond starting to emerge from the mosaic.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Staff from all over the museum – including managers, web programmers, preparators, designers, technicians, volunteers, customer service officers, educators, information services folk, even the CEO – have spent an hour or two at the makeshift drop-in centre to disassemble the mosaic. While taking it apart is perhaps not as much fun as putting it together, it's enjoyable knowing we are contributing to a wonderful visitor experience. 

people unpacking lego Behind the scenes, museum staff and volunteers disassembling the mosaic ready for visitors to construct it again.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

 

The LEGO® Mystery Mosaic runs until 26 January 2014.

Summer visitors build LEGO mosaics

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by Kate C
Publish date
3 January 2014
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This January we have The Brickman in residence at Melbourne Museum! Ryan McNaught is LEGO® Certified Professional - and yes, that means his job is to play with LEGO®.

Ryan created two mystery mosaics for our visitors to construct over the summer holidays. Thousands of coloured plastic bricks, plus the support rig that holds the mosaics, arrived just before Christmas and the fun began on Boxing Day.

Men unloading from truck. Ryan's crew unloading the pieces of the framework designed to support the mystery mosaics.
Image: Rod Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Man assembling frame Assembling the mosaic frames. And what do you use to hold LEGO® baseplates together while you bolt them down? Bits of LEGO®, of course!
Image: Rod Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Men with LEGO® Ryan unpacking hundreds of little numbered square plates, which form the mosaic when covered in LEGO® pieces.
Image: Rod Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Bits of lego Each of the plates are numbered, colour-coded, and correspond to a space on the mosaic frame.
Image: Rod Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

visitors doing lego activity in foyer Visitors began constructing the mystery mosaic in the Melbourne Museum foyer on Boxing Day.
Image: Rod Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

You can come and help fill in the mosaic between 11:00 and 3:00 every day until 26 January as part of the Summer holiday program at Melbourne Museum.

LEGO train at Scienceworks

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by Kearston
Publish date
6 December 2011
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Kearston presents public programs at Scienceworks.

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 of November, Scienceworks Pumping Station was transformed into a LEGO® haven for young and old. The Melbourne LEGO® User's Group (MUG) along with hundreds of fans and visitors created a huge, moving road train whilst raising awareness for the benefits of LEGO® as therapy for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Two men with LEGO Two of our volunteers getting involved in the train building.
Image: Kearston Bloxidge
Source: Museum Victoria
 

MUG describe themselves as "Adult Fans of LEGO®" and say that they have witnessed the power of LEGO® play to help children with ASD communicate and grow. They are dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of ASD around the world. It is believed that the systematic and highly structured nature of LEGO® appeals to children with ASD, while giving them the opportunity to share tasks with their peers. Studies have shown that ASD children receive long-term benefits from this kind of play, too.

LEGO train at Scienceworks The train under construction as each individual trailer was added.
Image: Kearston Bloxidge
Source: Museum Victoria
 

The goal was to construct the largest road train possible in the two days. Once the individual trailers were built, visitors could let their imagination run wild in building the cargo for the train to haul. After two days, up to 3000 visitors to Scienceworks had contributed to the construction of 190 trailers which combined made a road train just over 46 metres in length.

LEGO dinosaur robot This dinosaur robot was just one of the many amazingly creative lots of cargo seen on the trailers.
Image: Kearston Bloxidge
Source: Museum Victoria
 

This event wasn't exclusively for the kids; in fact there were just as many big kids! Some visitors stayed all day Saturday and then came back for more on Sunday!

Links:

ASD Aid

Yahoo group for Melbourne LEGO® User Group (MUG)

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