LB AFOL June Meeting

We got off to a start with the contest entries for the June/July Summer Build Challenge.

Building to the theme of LEGO Brick People, here’s what we got…


The fun continues at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach tomorrow.

Handmade Penguin is hosting a Maker Camp Super Affiliate Site!

I’m thrilled to announce that Handmade Penguin has been selected as a Maker Camp Super Affiliate site!  The schedule of activities will be administered through  It means that we will be listed as a Super Affiliate site on the Maker Camp website (for folks to find us) and we get fun toys with which to play!

So keep close and hang tight and we’ll get the program rolling!


Scheduled days will be a subset of the full Maker Camp schedule.

Locations will vary.  Please check back for the specific location of any particular camp day.


Camp will be held on 3-5 days each week.  The location of the camp will vary by day of week.  Events will generally start at 11:00 AM, and end at 2:00 or 3:00 PM, depending upon the activity.  Please check back for the specific day or activity.

  • Select Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: Cultural Alliance, Long Beach, 737 Pine Street, Long Beach
  • Select Thursdays: Comic Bug 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach
  • Select Fridays: Great Educational Experiences, Resurrection Lutheran, 1900 E Carson Street, Long Beach, CA
  • Select Weekend Days: Long Beach Sea Base and Aquatics Center, 5875 E Appian Way, Long Beach, CA

There are two or three days which will be “dark” days.

Stay Tuned!

Interesting References

Electrical formulae and calculations

What currents are dangerous?

Taken from the above site:

While any amount of current over 10 milliamps (0.01 amp) is capable of producing painful to severe shock, currents between 100 and 200 mA (0.1 to 0.2 amp) are lethal. Currents above 200 milliamps (0.2 amp), while producing severe burns and unconsciousness, do not usually cause death if the victim is given immediate attention. Resuscitation, consisting of artificial respiration, will usually revive the victim.

It’s not volts that kills, it’s current.

Really great site for limits and electrical safety while working.

Keep hands clean and dry and remove jewelry when working with electricity.

In industry above 30V is considered a conservative threshold value for dangerous voltage.

Using one hand when working increases resistance of the body.

If there are downed electrical lines, standing on one foot or running (only one foot contacting at any one time) will also reduce the chances of you creating a path for the current – in one foot and out the other 8)

LBAFOL Summer 2013 Build Challenge Series June/July

Theme: LEGO Brick People

Last day to post, July 19th 2013

To Enter: Post your photos on the Flickr group set up for the contest.  Videos may be used to support the photos on the Flickr site. (please add information in the title.)

LEGO Brick People.  They are not mini-figures, and they do not contain minifig heads, torsos or legs, although hair and accessories may be used.  They are made of LEGO bricks.  They are big or small, but none is greate than 12″x12″x12″.

The theme is very simple and open ended for a reason.  It’s meant to be inclusive, especially for the younger folks.

Additional Prize

There is an additional prize (LEGO River Dragon #8111, just one each month) being awarded for those who can make their project response include at least 10 different types of  bricks on the pick a brick wall video of the month.  Bricks must be matched in both color and shape.  The winner may belong to either category and will be selected by the judges.  Criteria for this winner has not yet been decided, but may include random selection of the top entries.  The video was made from bricks purchased from the Downtown Disney LEGO Store in Anaheim, CA.

All may enter, two categories of contestants.

See the rules for more information.  Good Luck!

All good intentions.  No liability assumed.

LBAFOL Summer LEGO Build Challenge 2013 Rules

LEGO fans of all ages are invited to compete in the Long Beach Adult Fans of LEGO® group’s Summer LEGO Build Challenge.

The Summer LEGO® Build Challenge is an online LEGO® build contest supported by physical build sessions at various locations. Twice during the summer, the challenge will be announced. There are two components to the challenge:

a/ LEGO pieces that may be used in your creation will be announced
b/ Build Theme

Prizes Categories
Two prizes will be awarded for each online contest.  Eligible age groups are:

  • Youngers (ages 6-12)
  • Not As Young As Youngers (Over 12)

Who Can Compete?
This contest is open to any U.S. Residents living in the the United States.

The winner will receive one of the sets pictured. The specific set received will be randomly awarded by the judges. The set will be identified after the judging has taken place.
Thanks to The LEGO Group’s Community Outreach Kevin Hinkle for his assistance with obtaining prizes for this contest.

How to Enter

Entries are made by uploading to the flickr group created for this contest:  LBAFOL – LEGO Build Contest, Summer 2013.

Contest rules

  • All contestants must obtain their own LEGO® bricks for use in their creations, except at in-person builds, when an array of LEGO bricks will be provided to a group for use. 
  • In person builds will be held by the LBAFOL organizers at the following locations.  Scheduled events will be announced on the website. 
  • Locations: The Cultural Alliance Long Beach, The Long Beach Sea Base and Aquatics Center, Great Educational Experiences, The Comic Bug Manhattan Beach.
  • Bricks once used at in-person builds will be broken apart for use by another after photographs are taken for entry.   It is the responsibility of the entrant, to ensure that his/her entry photos are submitted.
  • Specific bricks that may be used for each contest will be announced at the beginning of each contest period.  Only the bricks identified may be used in the challenge.
  • High-resolution Photographs of the creation from all four sides, top and bottom must be submitted as part of the entry.
  • Only genuine LEGO® bricks, elements, and pieces may be used. You may use elements from LEGO® kits as a part of your creation.
  • All entries must be original creations.
  • Each contestant may only enter one creation per contest period, but contestants may enter all contests period.
  • Contestants who have won a prize in the current year challenge will be determined ineligible for other prizes.
  • Creations may not exceed 12″x12″x12″.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically to the Flicker group established for the contest.
  • All participants in the 12 and under category must have permission of parents or guardians to participate and win in this contest.
  • Images submitted to the Flickr group may be reused in print and online media including (but not restricted to) the Squigglemom YouTube channel, the and communications and in promotional releases to the media. By entering this contest you are providing permission to the LBAFOL contest organizers to use images of your work in these and other environments as they deem appropriate.
  • Judging dates are approximate, but contest entry dates are absolute.
  • In the event that a prize winner can not be contacted within 2 weeks, another winner will be selected.

The panel of judges will choose the winners. The decision of the judges is final.

June 21, 2013: Contest Period 1 announced.

July 19, 2013: Contest Period 1 closes.

July 19, 2013 (approximately): Contest Period 2 announced.

July 30, 2013 (approximately): Contest Period 1 Winner Announced

August 16, 2013: Contest Period 2 closes.

August 17, 2013: Orange County Mini Makerfaire LBAFOL presentation – 3 prizes will be awarded in on-site build competitions.

August 23, 2013 (approximately): Contest Period 2 winner announced.

No liability is assumed by the Long Beach Adult Fans of LEGO (LBAFOL) club, its judges, hosting site or other organizations involved in this contest.  This contest is a community outreach component of the club activities.

Trish Tsoiasue, LBAFOL Member

LEGO Build Contest Summer 2013

We are thrilled to have several awesome prizes to award over the next few months!  Thanks to Kevin Hinkle,The  LEGO Group outreach coordinator for his assistance in getting prizes for this contest!


Lots of awesome prizes!

Lots of awesome prizes!


We will be doing contest builds locally in Long Beach and Manhattan Beach at the following locations:

  • The Comic Bug
  • Cultural Alliance, Long Beach
  • Great Educational Experiences
  • Long Beach Sea Base and Aquatics Center
  • Orange County Mini Maker Faire

If you’d like to attend one of these builds, you may check back here for the schedule.