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All Activities

Wednesday

Display Setup

Wednesday
from01:00 PM
to07:00 PM
inEvent Hall

Set up displays in event hall.

Mixer

Led by: Brickworld

Wednesday
from07:00 PM
to10:00 PM
inHotel Lobby

Get together with everyone and hang out on Wednesday evening. Brickworld provides some heavy snacks and maybe even some beverages. You provide the fun!!

Display Setup

Wednesday
from10:00 PM
to12:00 AM
inEvent Hall

Set up displays in event hall.

Thursday

LEGO Animation

Led by: Dave Pickett

Thursday
from01:00 PM
to02:50 PM
inNirvana C

Brick 101's own Dave Pickett, will present a 90 minute workshop on LEGO animation ending with a projected mini-film festival of the participants' creations. Bring a smart phone or tablet and some LEGO to animate.

LEGO Derby

Led by: Chris Eyerly

Thursday
from01:30 PM
to03:30 PM
inCompetition Area

Pinewood Derby with LEGO cars at the KLUG derby track.

Brickfilm Theater

Led by: Dave Pickett & Casey McCoy

Thursday
from02:00 PM
to07:00 PM
inEuphoria

Brickfilms running in the theater in a loop. Go take some time to relax and watch some fun creations in action.

Cutthroat Building Challenge - 17 and under

Led by: Chris Phipson

Thursday
from02:30 PM
to05:00 PM
inConcession Area

A three round elimination building battle full of twists, turns and the chance to sabotage your opponents! Only four player spots are available but watching this wild event will be almost as much fun as playing! The audience can donate money to sabotage the builders as defined by the game master. The winner will receive not only the bragging rights but a nice prize as well!

All money raised by this game is donated to the fundraiser.

Sign up for the building spots is required. Cost is $25 per spot.

Interacting with the Public

Led by: TBA

Thursday
from02:00 PM
to02:50 PM
inTBA

When you are at a local event display (or here at Brickworld), how do you and/or your LUG interact with the Public? Do you ever do presentations during display events? Do your members build with the public? Come join a discussion on some ways to interact with the public to grow your LUG's brand.

TFOL Round Table

Led by: Dan Church & Simon Liu

Thursday
from03:00 PM
to03:50 PM
inNirvana C

A round table discussion for Teen Fans of LEGO (TFOLs) on the LEGO community from the TFOL vantage point. This open discussion is for any TFOL wanting to talk to similar minded builders on any topic raised. A pair of seasoned AFOLs will be there to answer any questions and moderate the discussion.

Train Round Table

Led by: Brian Williams

Thursday
from04:00 PM
to04:50 PM
inNirvana A

Everyone interested in LEGO trains is encouraged to attend this round table session where current train topics will be discussed by experts in the community: new track, sets, and accessories. Come with any issues/questions you may have too as the expertise you want is in this very room.

Minifig Speed Build Preliminaries

Led by: Antonio Gaido

Thursday
from05:00 PM
to07:00 PM
inCompetition Area

Test how fast you can build minifigures. Open to all ages. Get past the preliminary rounds and compete against the best of the best on Saturday evening to see who is the fastest minifigure builder at Brickworld.

Dirty Buildster

Led by: Roy Cook

Thursday
from05:30 PM
to06:30 PM
inNirvana C

Get a couple random bags of parts and test your building skill against everyone else participating.

LAN Ambassador Meeting

Led by: Glen Kirk

Thursday
from06:30 PM
to07:30 PM
inNirvana B

Informal meeting and discussion session for LEGO RLUG Ambassadors. This is a closed session for RLUG Ambassadors only.

Opening Ceremonies

Thursday
from08:00 PM
to09:30 PM
inUtopia

Official kick off of the convention includes important information, thank yous, and the keynote address.

Display Setup

Thursday
from08:00 AM
to08:00 PM
inEvent Hall

Set up displays in event hall.

New Attendee Orientation

Led by: David Gregory & Alice Leber-Cook

Thursday
from09:00 AM
to09:50 AM
inTBA

Is this your first time at Brickworld? Come join us as we go over all aspects of the event to help you make the most of your experience here. Learn about set drafts, after hours activities, voting for awards, the charity auction and more.

Display Setup

Thursday
from09:30 PM
to12:00 AM
inEvent Hall

Set up displays in event hall.

Great Ball Contraption Workshop

Led by: Tom Atkinson & John Brost

Thursday
from10:00 AM
to12:00 PM
inTBA

This workshop will introduce you to the construction of a module for the Great Ball Contraption. After completing the build of this module, yours can be added to the GBC for the weekend. Instructions will be provided along with discussion of the important features of a GBC module.
 
This year's module was designed by Brian Alano.

(to actively participate you will need pre-register for kit of parts (limit of 80 kits). Sign up required. Cost $25/kit.
 
(only one person per team should sign up)

LEGO Derby Build and Practice

Led by: KLUG

Thursday
from11:00 AM
to01:30 PM
inAt Display

Want to join in the competition but you don't have a car? You can take advantage of the open build time at the derby track to try and create a winner before the competition starts. Parts are limited (especially wheels). So, you can bring your own parts and let the experts help you build a car too! Or, you can show up with your car built and use this time to fine tune it.

Friday

Pull Back Dragster Challenge

Led by: Brad Sweet & Scott Ingerson

Friday
from01:30 PM
to03:20 PM
inCompetition Area

Test your building skills in several categories against everyone else in this combination looks and functionality challenge. Speed, distance, and looks. What else would you want in a dragster?

There are specific motor requirements defined in the rules.

Brickworld Master Panel

Led by: EJ Bocan

Friday
from02:00 PM
to02:50 PM
inNirvana C

Former Brickworld Masters join together for a panel discussion on style, technique, and any other topic the audience finds fair game. Come see EJ try to moderate a spirited discussion on being Brickworld Master and what it might take for you to someday earn that award.

Boat Race

Led by: John Brost

Friday
from04:00 PM
to05:00 PM
inPool

Both a drag race across the pool and a course race to challenge your turning ability (yes, it is really in the pool)

Train Racing - Jr. Division

Led by: Joe Ellenbecker

Friday
from05:30 PM
to06:30 PM
inAt Display

No train required. Check out the rules and come participate at Joe's Brick Depot train layout.

Charity Live Auction

Friday
from07:00 PM
to09:00 PM
inUtopia

Live auction to raise money for charity. Items in the auction are donated by attendees and sponsors.

Display Setup

Friday
from08:00 AM
to12:00 AM
inEvent Hall

Set up displays in event hall.

LEGO as a Ministry

Led by: Ben Merrill & Jeff Viens

Friday
from09:00 AM
to10:50 AM
inTBA

A round table discussion of how faith plays a part in our love for the brick. Come on out and share what ways we can reach others through the hobby we love. We'll also discuss ideas for a collaborative build for Brickworld Chicago 2018.

Building Sumo Robots

Led by: John Brost, & Steve Hassenplug,

Friday
from09:00 AM
to12:00 PM
inTBA

Sumo pits LEGO MINDSTORMS kits against each other in a battle to dominate the ring by pushing or flipping the opponent. In this workshop, attendees will build, program, and test their robots to be ready to do battle in the Saturday competition. A limited number of MINDSTORMS NXT and EV3 kits are available to participants; register to reserve a kit or just show up if you have your own.

Sign up required to use one of our MINDSTORMS kits - 15 available

The kit is on loan to you. We expect it to be fully returned.

Note: We ask that if you have borrowed our kits in prior years that you allow others to have an opportunity to use those kits. Instructors will be looking for familiar faces and working to involve new people if they don't have kits.

Kidsworld

Led by: TBA

Friday
from09:00 AM
to10:50 AM
inNirvana C

Test your LEGO® skills with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago’s new Master Model Builder! You’ll learn awesome building techniques and see if you can build the strongest bridge of all. Master Model Builder Greg Nuse will bring his awesome LEGO bridge workshop to Kidsworld combining fun while supporting STEM concepts!

Charity Silent Auction

Led by: Judy & Bill Payne

Friday
from10:00 AM
to12:50 PM
inFront of Event Hall

Silent Auction portion of the charity fundraiser

Minifigure Speed Build

Led by: Antonio Gaido

Friday
from12:00 PM
to02:00 PM
inCompetition Area

Test how fast you can build minifigures. Open to all ages. Get past the preliminary rounds and compete against the best of the best on Saturday evening to see who is the fastest minifigure builder at Brickworld.

Brickfilm Theater

Led by: Dave Pickett & Casey McCoy

Friday
from12:00 PM
to10:00 PM
inEuphoria

Brickfilms running in the theater in a loop. Go take some time to relax and watch some fun creations in action.

Saturday

Dirty Brickster

Led by: Roy Cook

Saturday
from01:00 PM
to02:50 PM
inEuphoria

A gift exchange game for people of all ages! See the rules and details at the link below.

Group Photo

Led by: Bryan Bonahoom

Saturday
from04:30 PM
to05:00 PM
inEvent Hall

Come be part of the annual Brickworld group photo with all of your friends.

Train Racing - Sr. Division

Led by: Joe Ellenbecker

Saturday
from05:00 PM
to06:00 PM
inAt Display

Check out the rules and come participate at Joe's Brick Depot train layout.

Minifigure Speed Build Finals

Led by: Antonio Gaido

Saturday
from06:00 PM
to07:00 PM
inCompetition Area

If you are fast enough in the preliminary rounds, you can reach the finals to see who is the fastest minifigure builder at Brickworld.

Finalists will be separated into age groups and announced after preliminary competitions are complete.

Film Festival

Led by: David Pickett & Casey McCoy

Saturday
from07:00 PM
to08:00 PM
inEuphoria

Come enjoy the brickfilms submitted to the film festival and be involved in the process to select the winner. Bring your own popcorn and drinks and become a movie critic!

Cutthroat Building Challenge - 18 and over

Led by: Chris Phipson

Saturday
from07:00 PM
to09:30 PM
inConcession Area

A three round elimination building battle full of twists, turns and the chance to sabotage your opponents! Only four player spots are available but watching this wild event will be almost as much fun as playing! The audience can donate money to sabotage the builders as defined by the game master. The winner will receive not only the bragging rights but a nice prize as well!

All money raised by this game is donated to the fundraiser.

Sign up for the building spots is required. Cost is $50 per spot.

Sumo Robot Competition

Led by: Steve Hassenplug

Saturday
from10:00 AM
to02:00 PM
inCompetition Area

Autonomous LEGO robot sumo wars on a round surface. Last robot in the ring wins each match.

World of Lights

Saturday
from10:00 PM
to12:00 AM
inEvent Hall

Shut down the event hall lights and see the lighting of our creations come to life!

Public Exposition

Saturday
from10:00 AM
to04:00 PM
inEvent Hall

Public viewing of displays and Brickfilm theater

Brickfilm Theater

Led by: Dave Pickett & Casey McCoy

Saturday
from10:00 AM
to04:00 PM
inEuphoria

Brickfilms running in the theater in a loop. Go take some time to relax and watch some fun creations in action.

Sunday

Power Functions BattLEGObots

Led by: Jeff Viens

Sunday
from01:00 PM
to02:00 PM
inCompetition Area

Come see the meanest & nastiest LEGO robots ever created battle for outright domination. Who will come out on top? This isn’t your average Sumo contest. Damage to the robots and LEGO elements is anticipated and encouraged.

Awards Ceremony

Sunday
from04:30 PM
to05:15 PM
inUtopia

Awards review, closing remarks, reveal of next year's theme, and final door prize raffle.

Non-Denominational Service

Led by: Ben Merrill, Jeff Viens, & Josh Allinger

Sunday
from08:30 AM
to09:20 AM
inTBA

Gather for a non-denominational Sunday morning worship before public hours.

Public Exposition

Sunday
from10:00 AM
to03:00 PM
inEvent Hall

Public viewing of displays and Brickfilm theater

Brickfilm Theater

Led by: Dave Pickett & Casey McCoy

Sunday
from10:00 AM
to03:00 PM
inEuphoria

Brickfilms running in the theater in a loop. Go take some time to relax and watch some fun creations in action.