Tennessee Valley Lego Club Create Courthouse Model – w/video

Lego Color Bricks CC-BY-SA-2.0 via Wikimedia

Lego Color Bricks CC-BY-SA-2.0 via Wikimedia

Huntsville, Ala. — More than 80 hours of work and 15,000 lego parts later, the Tennessee Valley Lego club was able to prop up the Madison County Courthouse Lego model. But the model was merely a part of the downtown Huntsville model that Pete Campbell was working on, which was created for the benefit of Making Connections– a charity dedicated to helping individuals on the autism spectrum.

Campbell spent 40 hours planning the project, and about another 40 more trying to execute it. The project was made from all-blocks Legos, and no glue was used to put the pieces together.

The project was displayed at the Trinity Methodist Church, and three tables were allotted for youths with autism– where they were given the opportunity to build their own Lego models with virtually unlimited Lego bricks.

One of the youths at the event, Michael, a student at the Grissom High School, discovered that he has great talent in programming after building a Star Wars-inspired imperial walker which was actually capable of walking on its own. According to his mom, Renee Lowder,

“He making great grades, and it’s all because of exposure to robotics and technology with Legos. It’s all about creativity.”

Tennessee Valley Lego Club President Chris Bolton said that their annual Lego event used to be focused mostly on consumer products, but the club has decided to shift its focus after seeing an opportunity to make the event a community event.

According to Bolton, oftentimes they were approached by individuals on the autism spectrum to ask questions about their Lego models– which somehow inspired the club to partner with Making Connections.

The display raked in about 500 people, and all proceeds from the event were given to the Making Connections Charity.

The Tennessee Valley Lego Club is looking forward to doing a similar event next year, and is currently considering building a Lego Model of the former Central Bank.

Source: Paul Huggins on the Al.com website: See 15,000-piece Lego model of Madison County Courthouse, more downtown buildings from weekend’s Brick Blast

Contributed by Althea Estrella Violeta