There is news from a world-renowned science museum, a suburban indoor amusement park, a library vendor, and a suburban public library. The Museum of Science and Industry opened the exhibit Brick by Brick, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is now showing the film The LEGO® Movie™ 4D: A New Adventure (2016), SirsiDynix announced that Henan University is now a customer, and the Glen Ellyn Public Library opened its S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Fair.
Brick by Brick opened at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago last week on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Last year, this writer wrote about the opening of this exhibit as an upcoming event (“Museum of Science & Industry to open ‘Brick by Brick’ exhibit”)
The 7,000-square-foot exhibit runs through February of next year. Admission will require an additional, timed-entry ticket ($9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-11), included in Explorer ticket packages.
Brick by Brick features a collection of giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a sixty-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, and the Roman Colosseum and more, all constructed by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker. “At the essence of innovation, science and engineering is creativity, and the simple act of ‘play’ is its catalyst,” said Kurt Haunfelner, Vice President of Exhibits and Collections at the Museum of Science & Industry (M.S.I.). “This exhibit explores that close relationship, using a very relatable and much-loved toy, the LEGO brick.”
“As I design and build, I gain a greater appreciation for the structure I am working on and try to capture the essence of the building in its sculptural form,” said Mr. Tucker. “My hope is that people looking at my work will also appreciate and learn about each architectural wonder and the creativity and imagination that’s possible with the LEGO brick.”
Tucker is one of fourteen LEGO® Certified Professional in the world and partnered with The LEGO Group to create LEGO Architecture sets. His structures contain up to 64,000 bricks.
They take hundreds of hours to design and build through trial and error. “As I design and build, I gain a greater appreciation for the structure I am working on and try to capture the essence of the building in its sculptural form,” said Tucker. “My hope is that people looking at my work will also appreciate and learn about each architectural wonder and the creativity and imagination that’s possible with the LEGO brick.”
MSI stated, “As guests view Tucker’s work, kids and adults can engage in various hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity. Guests learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; and learn how building beautifully uplifts us all.”
At exhibit stations, guests can build and test structures to determine if they can withstand earthquakes at the tremor table and heavy winds at the wind tunnel. Guests can walk on an I-beam to get an inkling of its strength.
One can us simple machines and engineering to lift one’s friends or one’s self; build one’s own LEGO® creations in an open build area; view time-lapse footage of the construction of real and LEGO® structures; and see futuristic LEGO® structures built by global architecture firms anticipating predicted challenges cities will face in the future, such as rising populations, climate change, and water scarcity. The architectural firms include SOM of Chicago, Adjaye Associates of London, Kengo Kuma and Associates of Tokyo.
On average, every person on Earth has eighty-six LEGO® bricks. In 2012, The LEGO Group manufactured 45,700,000,000 LEGO® bricks at a rate of 5,200,000 per hour.
Laid end to end, the number of LEGO® bricks sold in 2012 would stretch around the world over eighteen times. To reach the Moon, one would have to build a column of about 40,000,000,000 LEGO® bricks.
Two eight-stud LEGO® bricks (2×4) can be combined in twenty-four different ways and three eight-stud LEGO® bricks can be combined in 1,060 ways. Six eight-stud LEGO® bricks can be combined in 915,103,765 different ways. The LEGO® Architecture theme has twelve kits, including the Flatiron Building, Lincoln Memorial, Trevi Foundation, and the Louvre.
ArcelorMittal, the sponsor of the exhibit, is a Luxembourg-based conglomerate. It exists as the result of mergers between Indian, European, and American steel producers.
The world’s largest steel and mining company, ArcelorMittal has a presence in sixty countries and an industrial footprint in nineteen countries. Lakshmi Mittal, the largest shareholder, Chairman, and C.E.O., is an Indian business magnate who resides in London.
His company stated, “ArcelorMittal believes in creating a talented pipeline of scientists and engineers for tomorrow. These individuals are key to both its business and industry. The company also recognizes the importance of scientists and engineers in our communities. Yet, creating this pipeline is challenging when students in the United States are falling behind in the sciences. ArcelorMittal wants to be a part of the solution. To do so, all children must have access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences.”
ArcelorMittal and MSI stated, “ArcelorMittal invests in STEM education across the country. In the Chicagoland region, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is a dedicated partner. MSI is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors each year, including approximately 350,000 children on field trips. Since 2012, ArcelorMittal has invested $375,000 in programming with MSI. This partnership has funded the museum’s Institute for Quality Science Teaching. This helps more than 200 teachers from Chicago and Northwest Indiana train each year in STEM disciplines. In 2016, ArcelorMittal has expanded its work with MSI by sponsoring the Brick by Brick exhibit.”
STEM education is at the core of Brick by Brick. Museum guests practice the skills scientists and engineers use, including asking questions, developing models and designing solutions. Brick by Brick supports the type of thinking that all children need in an increasingly STEM-focused world.
“We are proud to expand our STEM partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry,” said Marcy Twete, Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility, ArcelorMittal Americas. “Through the exhibit, guests will have the opportunity to experience firsthand how architecture and materials shape our modern world. This partnership complements ArcelorMittal’s focus on STEM by facilitating hands-on educational experiences for thousands of museum guests. We are also excited to see the exhibit showcase many notable structures around the world that were made with ArcelorMittal or legacy company steel.”
MSI is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods.
The Museum is gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District, as well as sponsors, donors, and visitors. For more information, one can visit www.msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago in northwest suburban Schaumburg, Illinois is now showing The LEGO® Movie™ 4D: A New Adventure (2016), an all-new twelve-minute-long short animated film. It features characters Emmet, Wyldestyle, Benny, Captain MetalBeard, and UniKitty from The LEGO® Movie (2014) in an adventure at a theme park.
The fourth dimension in the 4D for this film includes water, wind, and fog. General admission is $18 per person. One can purchase special-rate tickets online.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is located at The Streets of Woodfield mall across from Woodfield Mall. The address is 601 North Martingale Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173.
Yesterday, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Lehi, Utah-based SirsiDynix announced that Henan University is now a customer. Under a five-year-long agreement, Henan University will implement Symphony®, a L.S.P. (Library Service Platform); Enterprise/Portfolio,a digital asset manager and discovery tool; and MobileCirc, an app that allows libraries to check out items, register users, process holds, and conduct inventories; to serve Henan University Library’s more than 60,000 full-time students and 4,300 staff members.
According to SirsiDynix, “The system will support the University consortium structure and facilitate future expansion and regional cooperation.”
Founded in 1912, Henan University is a public university in Kaifeng, Henan, China operated by the provincial government of Henan. It is one of the oldest Chinese universities.
Originally named the Preparatory School for Further Study in Europe and America, it was subsequently re-named Zhongzhou University in 1923, Henan Zhongshan University in 1927, Provincial Henan University in 1930, and National Henan University in 1942. Today, it has thirty-four schools, faculties, and institutes.
According to SirsiDynix, “Henan University offers its students a rich history but also a focus on the future, with goals to develop into a top national university and a comprehensive, research-oriented international university. Moving forward with these goals, Henan University Library selected SirsiDynix technology as the best solution to serve its library, students, and staff. As part of the selection process, the Henan Library undertook extensive investigation and noted SirsiDynix’s success in implementing other Consortia systems in China, both in academic and public libraries. Henan Library was also impressed by the open architecture of the SirsiDynix’s LSP, which will allow the Library to add new service facilities through Web Services.”
“We are excited by the opportunity to support Henan University as they accomplish their goals,” said Bill Davison, SirsiDynix CEO. “The flexible architecture behind Symphony is an excellent resource that can support the breadth of Henan Library’s goals and expand with Henan University as they grow.”
Located in the Central China Plain, Keifeng was the capital of the Chinese Empire under the Song Dynasty. Today, it is a prefectural-level city.
About 5,000,000 live in the metropolitan area. Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, lies to the west.
SirsiDynix serves over 23,000 libraries around the world. According to SirsiDynix, “Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. SirsiDynix technology is architected to be open, scalable, and robust, offering a complete out-of-the-box solution and unparalleled flexibility through APIs and web services. Complemented by the most experienced training, consulting, and support staff in the industry, SirsiDynix helps libraries create tomorrow’s libraries, today.”
The Glen Ellyn Public Library in west suburban Glen, Ellyn, Illinois is holding its 3rd Annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair in March, April, and May. It began on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
STEAM Teams is funded by the Curiosity Creates Grant from the Association for Library Service to Children (A.L.S.C.) that is made possible by a donation to the A.L.S.C. by The Walt Disney Company. “Designing with Glass: the Art of Geometry” will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
“Wearable Technology” will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016. “Painting Pottery” will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
“LEGO Mindstorms” is from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016. “Science Exploration Lab” is from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
These six events are for schoolchildren in fourth and fifth grades. Parents must reserve spots for their children.
“Steam Around the World” is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Hands-on activities will “celebrate a variety of languages and cultures while investigating elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math,” according to the G.E.P.L. This event is for children ages three-to-eight with an adult caregiver or chaperone.
Funding for the S.T.E.A.M. Fair comes from a Día Mini-Grant. A donation from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to the A.L.S.C., a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), makes the Día Mini-Grants possible.
The address of the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137. The phone number is (630) 469-0879.
 The Día Initiative, founded by authoress Pat Mora, Children’s Day began with the World Conference for the Well-being of Children held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. Each country selected its own day for the celebration of Children’s Day. Mexico and other Latin American countries chose April 30th. In an interview in Tucson, Arizona in March of 1996, Ms. Mora found out about Children’s Day in Mexico. She decided that in the U.S.A., Children’s Day should be linked with literacy and English-Spanish bilingualism: El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (The Day of Children/The Day of the Book). With assistance from members of REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, Ms. Mora planned the first celebration on Wednesday, April 30, 1997. She received further support from Santa Fe, New Mexico-based MANA del Norte, a women’s group, and librarians such as Oralia Garza de Cortés and Veronica Myers. REFORMA members voted to endorse Día throughout the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico. The first celebrations were held on Wednesday, April 30, 1997 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; and Austin, Texas. Later that same year, the Texas State Library, then led by Jeanette Larson, created a planning booklet to help librarians celebrate Dia. James Larson designed the first Día logo. The next year, the Kellogg Foundation awarded a grant to pay the National Association of Bilingual Education (N.A.B.E.) to formulate a plan for a campaign across the federation to disseminate information on Dia. By 1999, schools and public libraries across the U.S.A. were hosting celebrations. That year, Ms. Mora and her siblings created the Estela and Raúl Mora Award (in honor of their parents) to promote the Dia. In 2000, the Austin Public Library received the first Estela and Raúl Mora Award. In 2001, the A.L.A. supported Día when the A.L.S.C. received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote Dia. Consequently, the A.L.S.C. printed a tip sheet for librarians to create their own Día celebrations and a brochure for librarians to disseminate amongst parents. The next year, a second grant from the Kellogg Foundation resulted in the production of a Spanish-language Día brochure for parents. In 2002 and ’03, the Kellogg Foundation further funded Día projects in Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas. As a result, the University of Arizona hosted the Día National Advisory Committee meeting. El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) will be celebrated in the U.S.A. over the weekend of Saturday, April 30, 2016 and Sunday, May 1, 2016.