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Playing Well with Clorox

On Wednesday, May 13th, staff from Clorox visited Play-Well Pleasanton for a unique team building event.  There goal was to build a Rube Goldberg project using 10 different types of LEGO projects.  Here is what they came up with in less than 3 hours.

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Started simply with one small project.

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They are hard at work.

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The start of their challenge is that they needed to trigger this device.

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From the initial device, they needed to connect through 10 additional projects. No small feat.

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This car needs to be incorporated. They are trying to figure out how.

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Towers need to be built.

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Trying to figure out the best way to create an automated tank.

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Creating a pendulum swing with pneumatic tubes. Genius.

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Projects are not only functional, but stylish.

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Determining the connections is one of the toughest parts.

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This is how they decided to trigger the first mechanism.

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Of course, Clorox needed to be made out of LEGO.

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Three connections within the span of two feet.

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Almost ready.

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This monorail is triggered with a touch barrier.

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The team accomplished the mission in less than 3 hours. This is their celebratory pose.


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Team Building with Mark West

We were lucky enough to host a Play Well TEKnologies team building event for Mark West Energy today.

Mark West managers and engineers from around the country came together to connect, plan for the future, and play with a little LEGO. Collaborating through play is where innovation can happen, and we definitely saw it today.

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Mark West Ticker in LEGO.

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The collaboration has begun. The focus and energy is definitely there. They are definitely playing well

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The towers are coming together.

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Now to test their durability.

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The next project took a bit of planning and visioning. Collaborating is key and notes needed to be taken.

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These engineers are analyzing different aspects of the project.

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Final touches need to be made on this project.

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They have completed one of their sections and now are bringing it over to connect with the others.

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Success. The projects have been combined.

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And the president has overseen the entire operation.

Thanks for having us MarkWest Energy.


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Celebrating Moms with a little bit of LEGO!

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” -Barbara Kingsolver.

We wanted to wish all moms out there a amazing Mother’s Day.  We believe every day should be Mother’s Day.  Thank you for all that you do!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Picture Source, Brian Bailey Flickr: http://bit.ly/1KyxuuS

Also, one of our staff announced her pregnancy with a lot of creativity and a little bit of LEGO on Mother’s Day.

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#LEGO #Prego #NewMom#HappyMothersDay#EveryDayShouldBeMothersDay


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Girls Only Engineering Day at Northglenn STEM High School

On April 28th, 2015, we provided a Engineering with LEGO workshop at Northglenn STEM High School’s Girls Only Engineering Day.  Here is a description of the event:

“The goal of GO Engineering Day is to provide opportunities for our female students at Northglenn STEM High School to learn about different fields in engineering, to meet and talk with professional engineers and engineering students, to learn about local engineering schools, and to participate in activities to develop skills involved in different engineering fields.  We are hoping that this event will be run completely by women, for women.”  

The project was a “System Engineering Build Challenge with LEGO”.  The girls had the challenge to complete 3 separate conveyor belts (1 horizontal, 1 inclined, and 1 vertical) and then try to move a brick across all three together.  Once done with the brick challenge they had to try it with a marble and 2 groups succeeded with the marble.  The girls learned about the PROCESS of engineering and what it takes to work successfully on an engineering team with their peers.

Check out some pictures from the event:

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