Legos Are Not Just For Kids!

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Legos Teams With Chrome

The LEGO company has teamed up with Google to make something that I think is really cool. It’s called Build with Chrome, and you get to design things online with virtual LEGO bricks.  I play with the real ones as well.

I said Legos were for the kids when they were growing up.  <Insert evil laugh here>  They were for ME!

Please complete the Build Academy first before you do anything else.  There are also YouTube videos for projects that show you how to do additional things. In the meantime, here’s a short tutorial for you to enjoy  (Video Clip 28:20):

To get started, go to the Build with Chrome Website (will not work on other browsers as it is a collaboration between Google & Lego).

There are three modes:  Explore All Builds, Build Academy, and Start Build

Explore All Builds

  • Allows you to explore buildings, even 2D structures, vehicles, characters, and random objects on a Google Map
  • Each object is categorized
  • You are able to zoom in/out of the map
  • You can search by the most popular structures, your own structures, and publish them to Google Plus
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Master your skills first with the Build Academy

Build Academy

Allows you to master your building skills by completing challenges:

  • Provides practice and training to build structures in various locations
  • Will provide you with different tips and tricks to use for your structure

Start Build

  • Allows you to be a build a structure using your own creativity and imagination
  • Allows you to publish your structure to a Google Map using your account

This application will allow you to:

  • Select different color LEGO pieces
  • Select a variety of LEGO pieces to include in your structure
  • Rotate the pieces
  • Zoom in/out of the structure
  • Rotate and display your structure in 3D on a Google Map
  • Easy to add and remove LEGO pieces from your structure

Tips to know

Left click – place brick                               Mouse wheel – Zoom

Right Click – remove brick                       Arrow Keys – Rotate Brick

Spacebar + Drag – Rotate                         Ctrl + z – Undo

To change colors – Hover over the color swatch & select the color

Have fun! I know my class loved this as well as myself.

About the Author

Sherri Meinke

A long-standing Computer Geek with over 25 years of experience. Having owned her first Apple IIe and moving on up the ranks with a multitude of Windows-based pc’s to her latest toy, a Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet with Windows 10. Sherri repairs, upgrades, and recycles computers as well as consults, trains & designs Websites. She is a Former AOL Community Leader and loves forums as well as online training. She created the "Camp Wired" computer training program at the Medina County Library system, 8 years ago. It is a free computer education program teaching technology in a relaxed atmosphere where students at all levels get to mentor other students and grow in their knowledge and understanding of technology. This program runs year round with no signs of slowing down.