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WPI’s Got What? . . . LEGO Club

LEGO Club

November 20, 2019
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IQP, MQP, HUA, SGA, and of course, WPI—acronyms are nothing out of the ordinary here, but there’s a new one being thrown into the mix: MOC.

“It’s LEGO terminology,” explains Jeffrey Wu ’22, “as in, ‘my own creation.’”

The term typically refers to freestyle creations made with those colorful little bricks we’ve all grown up with (and tried to avoid stepping on for just as long), but in this case, the new LEGO Club on campus could be considered Wu’s biggest MOC to date.

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Two members of the LEGO Club work on a project. alt
LEGO Foisie? LEGO Foisie.

Wu, Daler Kang ’22, and Marcus Chalmers ’22—the club’s president, treasurer, and vice president, respectively—created the LEGO Club late last year. Wu had plans back in high school to create a LEGO club at his future college. He was surprised to find that a LEGO club wasn’t already in place at WPI, a school with such a focus on hands-on culture, and after some investigation, realized that he wasn’t alone in his interest. In an effort to share his passion with his fellow students while also drawing attention to the skill, artistry, and attention to detail required of building, the LEGO Club was founded.

In a world where most people might consider LEGO building to be a solitary venture, Wu sees the exact opposite. “LEGO building has always been a social activity in my life,” he says. “...every MOC I’ve created seemed to not fulfill its purpose until I had it put on display among other builders.”

The club serves as a place for Wu to do just that. It’s a haven for LEGO enthusiasts across campus, so it only makes sense that WPI’s own LEGO Lady, director of residential services and assistant dean of students Casey Wall, is the club’s advisor. “I love that my passion for LEGO is shared with so many students,” she says, adding that while she likes to complete LEGO kits, her favorite thing is hearing about and seeing what club members build based on their own imagination and creativity piece by piece.

Some of those builds? 

They’ve already got a replica of the Foisie Innovation Studio (designed by Patrick Nieman ’23) under their belt; Wu himself has created a proportionally accurate model of British battleship HMS Nelson (which he finished among the papers, projects, and finals of last D-Term), and their pièce de résistance, a 1:300-scale model of the WPI campus itself. “It’s a long-term project,” he says, simply. 

We hope we’re not the only ones looking forward to seeing Gompei in LEGO form.

The club hosts regular building sessions on weekend afternoons, where attendees have access to hundreds of bricks and are encouraged to either create anything when inspiration strikes them or—for an added challenge—adhere to different themes or constraints set by their fellow members. Interested students may email the club for more information on upcoming builds.

OK, enough talking—let’s go build some LEGOs.

-By Allison Racicot

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Two members of the LEGO Club construct pieces during this year's Activities Fair.
Wu (right) and Kang made the club’s debut at this year’s Activities Fair.

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A LEGO R2D2 poses in front of a LEGO version of the Foisie Innovation Studio.
Club members are inspired by galaxies both near and far (far away).

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A LEGO Club member reviews the LEGO Design Method on a projection screen.
How do you even get started designing a LEGO building? Well…

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A LEGO version of the HMS Nelson.
There's no better time to complete a proportionally accurate LEGO replica of the HMS Nelson than D-Term, which is exactly what Wu did. (Photo courtesy: Jeffrey Wu)

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A close-up photo of a bucket of LEGOs.
There's a LEGO for that.

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