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Adam Reed Tucker builds a LEGO model of the Museum of Science and Industry (photo by J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago).

New Museum of Science and Industry Exhibition Explores Foundations of Engineering in the Power of Play

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) invites LEGO enthusiasts this winter to explore the power of play with the temporary exhibit, Brick by Brick, opening March 10, 2016.

This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Colosseum and more, constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker.  These formations will be paired with hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity.

“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 and Industry. “This exhibit explores that close relationship, using a very relatable and much-loved toy, the LEGO brick. We want both kids and adults to come in this exhibit and leave motivated by the idea that play is a powerful thing, and that a new world can come from a single brick."

Throughout the exhibit, guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.Exhibit stations and challenges will allow guests to: build and test structures to withstand earthquakes at the tremor table and heavy winds in a wind tunnel; walk over a simulated city on a sturdy I-beam to feel its strength; collaborate to build a life-sized arch using simple machines and engineering to lift their friends, or themselves; and discover how Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO Certified Professional, became inspired to pursue architecture and build with the brick.

The exhibit will open March 10, 2016 and will run through April 2017. It will require an additional, timed-entry ticket.

For more details about the upcoming show or to attend, visit msichicago.org.

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