Long Beach LEGO User Group at the Long Beach Touch A Truck Event

Kids and construction vehicles go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

At the Long Beach Touch A Truck event, on May 16, 2015, there were over 50 trucks being displayed, and 5 LEGO(r) trucks.

The Long Beach LEGO User Group had the Unimog, two Logging Trucks, a Dump/Container truck, a flatbed truck and more!  Enjoy the photos and videos…

Next stop, Diggerland, USA!



Kids everywhere!

Another typical day at the Long Beach Sea Base Club Ten space.

We were trying out what we found is a maximum configuration for the downstairs area!

Game design in the computer room, Knitting in the main hall and kids having loud fun with contraptions in the main hall.  (way too much competition for the sound space in the main hall!)

The best part of the day was when little E came by to share a graphic book that he created using the Story Visualizer.  It was so very sweet!

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A Typical Club Ten Day?

It seems that some days there are so many things going on in our space at the same time.

Today seems to have outdone them all.

John Willauer was taking inventory of the electronics goodies for the program he will build.  His very loving and patient wife accompanied him.

Morio Murase was running an Intro to Programming class.

Michelle Liu was there to prep for her High Functioning Autism Social Skills Family Support LEGO Play Group.

Leo was there to share with Sharon Moore and discuss what projects could be done for the Digital 3D club that we are working on for the summer… especially how we could integrate LEGO(r) minifigs into the effort.

James Banks was there to share with us, talk about LDraw, EV3, events, competitions, including the upcoming International Children’s Day…!

Lovely, lovely photos to follow!

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P2S: A Most Awesome Take Your Child to Work Day!

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Sometimes, I wish I was a child again. Then maybe my Dad would take me to work with him.  I guess I should say that I did sometimes go to my father’s office at the General Hospital in San Fernando, Trinidad. Dad was an Anaestheologist. Anesthetist, as we say here in the U.S. We would check his mail. I don’t remember being very excited by the fancy environment, probably because it wasn’t. We didn’t do any rounds or other patient visits. Just the mail and the office.

Today, the P2S Engineering group visited the Club Ten Makerspace at the Sea Base as a day out for the kids.

Thermofax, LEGO Raffles for awesome Mixels, door prizes (literally-we gave away LEGO doors), EV3 Robotics play, the 3D Printer and my favorite… Walking Creatures.

I’ll spend some time sharing about the Walking Robots activity, because Morio Murase has taken it to way beyond what I did. He designed a mechanism, we kitted 27 kits, and he modeled it in LDraw. We’re thinking this is so awesome, we should kit it and share it on Etsy (doesn’t everyone think this at some time?)  We all agreed that it was a good thing that I spend so much time shopping on Bricklink, the LEGO Education website and, of course, LEGO.com.  We had enough parts for all the kits we were trying to make!

Here are some photos from this most awesome event! If you are interested in scheduling your own event at one of the Club Ten locations, please contact info@makersville.net!

The Definitive List of Special Days of the Year

This year I named a day.  I did this because I wanted to see if I could start something on a global scale.  It worked! My day was a Global Day of LEGO(r) Brick Fan Play Day.  The date was April 2nd, 2015.  2×4 Day. 4/2/2015, or 2/4/2015 depending upon which way you look at it.  Rumania, Peru, Paris and Long Beach, CA participated.  (I am a co-founder of the Long Beach LEGO User Group).

So I decided to put together a list of special days that work best for me.  This will be an ongoing list, that I assemble.  Enjoy!


1    New Years’ Day

20 Penguin Awareness Day



14    Valentines Day



March 14, Pi Day


National Robotics Week and month

April 2nd, 2×4 Day, a Global Day of LEGO(R) Brick Play

April 2nd, Autism Day

April 22nd, Earth Day

April 25th, World Penguin Day

Last Saturday in April, Children’s Day (Act of Congress)

Last week in April, Children’s week (Act of Congress)


May 4th – May the Fourth be with you (Star Wars)

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo

Mother’s Day


Father’s Day


National Ice Cream Month (President Reagan)

3rd Sunday National Ice Cream Day (President Reagan)

4    Independence Day






24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas Day

26 Boxing Day

31 New Years Eve


2×4 Day 2015

Our Global Day of LEGO(r) Play as celebrated here in Long Beach for the first time!

The Long Beach LEGO User Group celebrated 2×4 Day on April 2nd, 2015 at the Long Beach Sea Base.

It was attended by a few folks from our community.  Great fun was had by all!

I am attaching a link to the photos from the event (on our facebook page).

2×4 Day 2015

Sewing Little Houses

This Winter, several of our 3rd graders made fairy houses.  Just in time, because the fairies that had been made over Christmas break were quite cold!  This is an awesome pattern.DSC01062 DSC01063 DSC00093 DSC00094 DSC00095 DSC00096 DSC00097 DSC00098


Easy, Inexpensive DIY Drop Spindle

With a few dowels, some O-Rings, a rubber band, a metal hook and two old CDs, you can have your very own drop spindle!

Our Club Ten fiber club (Sea Base location) is run by Kathi Reyes. Kathi is an internationally known natural dye artist. She is an experienced drop and wheel spinner.

Kathi demonstrated to us how to make a drop spindle out of CDs a couple of weeks ago.

The instructions are detailed in the video:

Robots: Lifelike Arthur Robot by Hanson Robotics

I am no expert on Autism.  All information herein was taken from the lecture on 1/10/15 at the Robotics Society of Southern California meeting, recorded in the videos linked to at the bottom of this post.

Hanson Robotics visualizes a world where robots can help to care for Autistic children.  Current treatment for Autism recommends that a child be with a trained therapist for 40 hours a week for 2 years.  Doing this will greatly increase the capabilities of the child and possibly alleviate the need for care for the rest of his/her life.

That makes it worthwhile to invest in a high end, emotion-expressive robot with lifelike face and skin texture.  The skin is made possible through a new, patented material called Frubber (not Flubber, the subject of a Robin Willams, Walt Disney movie).  I touched it, and it is smooth, a little cool to the touch.

It is a very niche market, and Hanson Robotics is poised for it.

As CEO Jong Lee informed us, there will be an unveiling of their new competitor product to the NAO robot which is currently being used for Autism research (among other types of research) at a convention in Germany this week.  Under 10K it will be more expressive, and one would imagine also very frubbery.

Looking forward to new toys!


Club members Thomas Messerschmitt (Riverside Robotics Club), Bob Barboza (Kidz Talk radio), Walter Martinez (Robotics ++, Robotics City), Trish Tsoiasue (Handmade Penguin, Makersville) and Hanson Robotics CEO Jong Lee.