Maker Faire Recap

TexLUG-Houston provided a variety of LEGO(R) displays at the Houston Mini Maker Faire, November 12-13.  Models included an 8′ working crane, a detailed USS Constitution with hand-tied rigging, and a large classic space layout.  In addition, Texas Brick Railroad helped out with a train and town layout.

Kids and adults were able to build with Minecraft-themed play brick, and a fund-raising activity allowed participants to help a local children’s hospital and take home a holiday ornament.

A total of 17 members of TexLUG-Houston and Texas Brick Railroad attended over the weekend.  Several thousand public visitors enjoyed not only the LEGO area, but the entire Faire.  The Mini Maker Faire is an annual event which lets makers of all kinds show off their skills and products.

More photos are below.  All the photos in this post are by TJ Avery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Maker Faire

TexLUG-Houston will be attending the 2016 Houston Maker Faire in November.  Currently we have the following LEGO displays and activities planned:

  • Large (over 6′) working crane
  • Classic Space layout
  • Train and town display (in conjunction with Texas Brick Railroad
  • Play brick area
  • Charity fundraiser

We have a discount code that can be used until Oct. 31 to pre-purchase Maker Faire tickets at 51% off.  Click here and use code “TexLug.”

Maker Faire is Nov. 11-12 at George R. Brown Convention Center, downtown Houston.  More details can be found on our Events page and at www.houstonmakerfaire.com.

Hope to see you there!

Brick Fiesta wrap-up

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Brick Fiesta was July 7-10, 2016, at the Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas.  A non-profit, family-friendly convention celebrating LEGO(R) in Texas!

We had a large turnout of LEGO fans and builders from Houston, other parts of Texas, even the Pacific Northwest and Canada!  There were over 200 unique LEGO models, plus a large train/city layout by Texas Brick Railroad.

Thanks to our fantastic guest speaker, Alice Finch, for an entertaining presentation.  Also thanks to Kevin Hinkle and Paul Striefler, representatives from The LEGO Group, who attended the show and provided many insightful comments.

Next year’s Brick Fiesta will be in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, dates to be determined.  Check back here, or follow the Brick Fiesta website, for more information.

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TexLUG-Houston has a new look!

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TexLUG-Houston has great new image that will be on business cards and flyers soon!  This design includes “brick-built” skyscrapers centered around an Astrodome rendition.  The back of the card will indicate our availability for events, and our interest in new members.

This is another step in the process of setting TexLUG-Houston apart from other fan groups in the state.  Come see us at Brick Fiesta July 9-10, and pick up a card or flyer!

 

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TexLUG-Houston and Texas Childrens Hospital

Since early this year, TexLUG-Houston has been helping out at Texas Childrens Hospital in the Medical Center.  About once a month, members go to the hospital’s Child Life Zone to build and play LEGO with patients and their families.

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This has been a rewarding experience on all sides.  The children in the hospital get excited when they come into the Child Life Zone and see the LEGO parts spread out.  Some of these kids jump right in and start building;  some take their time, look around, check out all the different parts.  TexLUG-Houston members are there to help find pieces, suggest another way to put things together, and generally guide as much or as little as needed.

On June 24, TexLUG-Houston members will be putting on a display in the Auxiliary Bridge of Texas Childrens Hospital.  This will be a miniature version of the Brick Fiesta show that will happen July 7-10.  It will not be possible for some of the kids in the hospital to come to that show;  instead, the show will come to them.

Welcome to TexLUG-Houston!

“TexLUG” stands for Texas LEGO(R) User Group.  We are a varied group of people who enjoy building, displaying, and collecting all things LEGO.  We are based in and around Houston, Texas.

This website is currently being assembled, one little brick at a time.  Please feel free to look around, and check back in the future to see what else appears.

Play Well!