LEGO Challenge | Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota LEGO Challenge is a design competition that promotes the creative and original use of LEGO bricks.

Three finalists from each category will be exhibited at the Science Museum of Minnesota from June 7 to August 31, 2018. 1st place prizes will be awarded in each category on Wednesday, June 20.

Anyone is eligible to participate but all finalists must be able to transport their designs to and from Science Museum of Minnesota on the designated dates.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 11, 2018.

Judging will be based on the following categories:

  • 4 – 7 years old
  • 8 – 12 years old
  • 13 – 17 years old
  • 18 and older
  • Groups/Families (multiple people working on one design such as a class or a family)

Entries must adhere to the rules outlined below.

Timeline
April 6Design Challenge announced, registration begins
May 11Final day for submissions
May 14-17Judging
May 18Notification of finalists
May 21-30

Finalists drop off their LEGO creations at the Science Museum of Minnesota between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (by appointment)

June 7 - August 31

Finalists on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota

June 201st place awards announced
September 3-7

Finalists pick up their LEGO creations from the Science Museum of Minnesota between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (by appointment)

Rules and other details
  • One submission per individual or group.
  • Entries must be submitted through smm.org and must include a photograph of the LEGO creation.
  • Designs may not exceed 18”W x 18”L x 18” H.
  • All entries must be original designs, not based on LEGO-designed kits or instructions found online, in a magazine, etc.
  • Entries will be judged on building skill (based on entrant’s age category), creativity and originality.
  • Finalists must be able to drop off and pick up their submissions on the dates indicated in the timeline above.
  • Entries must consist entirely of LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks, or other LEGO-compatible plastic bricks and related pieces.
  • Gluing or otherwise affixing pieces to one another is permitted.
  • All possible care will be taken in the handling and display of the finalist’s creations. Finalists accept that the Science Museum of Minnesota is not responsible for loss or damage to any entry.
  • Science Museum of Minnesota staff, volunteers, and their family members are not eligible to participate.
  • LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group and does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this program.
Prizes

Finalists in each category will receive four complimentary admission passes to the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Submit your design

2018 Winners

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Titanic
Titanic
Jake Burth; Category: 4-7 years old

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Sushi
Sushi
Noah Olson; Category: 8-12 years old

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Winter Wonderland Ski Resort
Winter Wonderland Ski Resort
Anna Velin; Category: 13-17 years old

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Gnome Sweet Gnome
Gnome Sweet Gnome
Ryan Vien; Category: 18 and older

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Winter on Snelling Lake
Winter on Snelling Lake
Amber Krieg; Category: Group/Family
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