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I had an awesome opportunity this week to begin teaching a Lego class at my local library that will be going on infrequently for the next three months. In Dave Kaleta fashion, I started by having the kids build their names out of the bricks the library had available, teaching them basic SNOTwork and parts usage techniques. I had a blast, and can't wait for the next session.
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Before the class started, I had this little elderly woman randomly walk up to me and point her finger. "Are you Paul Vermeesch?" she asked. When I replied in the affirmative, she said, "I've been reading about you on the internet." That was that. Apparently my reputation precedes me. Scary.


I taught the kids some basic concepts about "outside the box" parts usage and some simple SNOT techniques. My SNOT jokes must have been terrible. I couldn't get any giggles out of any of them. Kids these days are hard to please...


In all seriousness, though, the kids were fantastic and a real joy to play Legos with.


That's me in profile there in the snazzy argyle sweater.


I also brought Fred along to show the kids. I think the parents, though, were more impressed.




I think the "H" is supposed to be an "A." Either way, I'm still not completely certain what this boy's name is.


Though he didn't take any of my SNOT advice, Matthew was a pro as far as legibility and color consistency were concerned.


Sarah surprised me when she came up with the idea for her "S" by herself. I think she was the only one to do a complete 180˚ SNOT connection.





Next class: An in-depth discussion of LDU displacement and ratios, particularly SNARL and SNIR˚27 which can be expressed by the formula (tan^-1 x 1/2 = 26.57˚) as well as a more philosophical disputation about 3D composition and color scheming with particular emphasis on contextualized detail as it relates to landscaping. Stay tuned.

Just kidding, but thanks for stopping by!

Soli Deo Gloria!



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  September 24, 2012
wow its really good that your a role model to the kidz and hopefully the next generation of lego builders.
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  September 24, 2012
wow its really good that your a role model to the kidz and hopefully the next generation of lego builders.
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  September 13, 2012
It's people like you that do the LEGO community justice. Keep up the great work!
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  September 13, 2012
That's really neat that you do this, Paul! It looks like you all had a lot of fun!
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  September 12, 2012
Cool! :)
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  September 12, 2012
I would enjoy teaching a Lego class to kids, but maybe in the years to come. Looks like fun!! :)
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  September 12, 2012
Great work Paul! I'm going to be working with the Lego club at my daughter's school this year and we're hoping to display something for brickworld 2013! Can't wait to see your next entry! Keep up the good work! ~ Chris.
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  September 11, 2012
I might do that with my old Elementary school in a few years! Looks like fun!!
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  September 11, 2012
That looks like a ton of fun! Congratulations!
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  September 11, 2012
Man that sounds awesome, great work in teaching the kids
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  September 11, 2012
I remember way back in elementary, my art teacher had a bucket of legos for independant art. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to use them, I was always pushed out of the way. Fortunately, I had my own. I personally think kids these days need more hobbies like Lego, to excercise their minds. ^Blub^
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  September 11, 2012
My school needs a LEGO class. Then I can go in there and DOMINA--- I mean, err... peacefully build with the others in the class...
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  September 11, 2012
School was NEVER that cool when I was there. Attack!
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  September 11, 2012
Ooh, can I join your class?
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  September 11, 2012
Nice! Its great you are teaching the kids some stuff. I think its hilarious the old lady knew who you were before hand. :) Star in the making!
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  September 11, 2012
Where is this at?
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  September 11, 2012
Great job, looks like lots of fun!
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  September 11, 2012
This looks like a blast! They are lucky kids to be taught by you. I'd love to do something like this, and maybe I will one day. I like the granny story how crazy is that?
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  September 11, 2012
I'm thinking blake. Great opportunity for the kids, I wish I'd been taught by a pro when I was that young.
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Christian Hansen
  September 10, 2012
Like LukeClarenceVan said, I think some will join MP. Most likely that Internet-savvy girl...
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  September 10, 2012
I think the boy's name might be Blake.
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  September 10, 2012
Quoting Nick Doyle I did the same thing, except at a local elementary school as an after-school club sort of thing. I had the kids build a different thing every couple of days, and I showed them little techniques, and how to make little play functions and what not. We did things from ships, to castles, and I showed them tips and tricks for every different thing we they did. It was fun, but I haven't done it for two years due to several reasons. I actually did it for two years aswell, for a couple months a year.
Awesome Nick! This is pretty much the exact same thing; an after school club with some learning opportunities woven in here and there. It's great to see Lego being used so much in schools!
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  September 10, 2012
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Haha! I wish. No, this is just a volunteer gig. The kids smiling is payment enough. Thanks for the comment!
Ok, that's cool :) I love working with kids :D
  September 10, 2012
I did the same thing, except at a local elementary school as an after-school club sort of thing. I had the kids build a different thing every couple of days, and I showed them little techniques, and how to make little play functions and what not. We did things from ships, to castles, and I showed them tips and tricks for every different thing we they did. It was fun, but I haven't done it for two years due to several reasons. I actually did it for two years aswell, for a couple months a year.
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  September 10, 2012
Cool! I wish I could go to a LEGO class like that even though I'm 17. I'm sure there's still plenty of building techniques I have yet to learn.
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  September 10, 2012
Nice! And the kids name was BlaleE or BlhleE. Haha!
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  September 10, 2012
Wow Paul, I find it absolutely wonderful that you are helping kids learn how to have fun with Legos! I agree that the smiles on the kids faces are all the payment that is needed. I hope that your lessons to the kids will be a tremendous blessing to them. Cheers! ~Nathan
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  September 10, 2012
Haha. Even old grannies know your name. I'm tellin' ya, you're going places! :P LOL, seriously though, this is really cool. Well done! :)
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  September 10, 2012
I wish I was on of those kids, then I could learn from a pro:)
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  September 10, 2012
Wow, that's awesome Paul. Scary what people can find out about you through the internet O.o
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  September 10, 2012
Lovely Paul! You must be having a blast! I wish I could join, I could use some help in techniques! I think you are giving these kids a real blessing, and I am sure that they think the same! I love Fred too! I agree with Max, he is just missing something....wait....oh yeah, a argyle sweater!
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  September 10, 2012
Ha ha! I'm actually planning on teaching a 5-9 session building (specifically MOCing) class at my charter school next semester! Also, the name thing's a great idea... ...unless there's an Alexander Francisco III in the class! :D
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  September 10, 2012
Quoting The Timinater ! dude, this is awesome! I think its great what you are teaching these kids! are they paying you at all? :P
Haha! I wish. No, this is just a volunteer gig. The kids smiling is payment enough. Thanks for the comment!
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  September 10, 2012
Cool!
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  September 10, 2012
Paul, A perfect first session lesson! You did a great job, and I'm sure you'll continue to blow them away. Please let me know if you need any help (but it seems you have it well in hand). ~Dave
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  September 10, 2012
Why didn't my grade school have that?
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  September 10, 2012
"Blake" Perhaps? Looks like a lot of fun! Way to be an inspiration to these lucky kids!
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  September 10, 2012
dude, this is awesome! I think its great what you are teaching these kids! are they paying you at all? :P
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  September 10, 2012
Oh boy Paul, you've got a promising future by the looks of things! Can I come be in the class? I'm sure you're an awesome teacher. Switching gears, I'm surprised you've never showed me Fred before. How long has he been around? He needs a post of his own! Looks like a blast. Can't wait to hear more about it.
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  September 10, 2012
Looks fun, perhaps these kids'll join MOCpages sometime...
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  September 10, 2012
Looks like a blast! What a great opportunity you've been blessed with! Fred needs an argyle sweater.
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  September 10, 2012
Sounds like fun! Tut, tut, the price of fame. ;) -LB Senior
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  September 10, 2012
Darn i wish i could do that. that woman must be in disguise cause i do not know how she could work the net.
 
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