From the Perot Museum to a 12-year-old DeSoto NASA intern to a Dallas tech star who loves STEM and more ”Dallas innovates

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LEGO takes over North Texas, one primary color brick at a time. On September 24, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will unveil its new exhibit, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks. But that’s just one example of how LEGO stacks up in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The Perot exhibit will showcase 20 iconic skyscrapers from around the world, built from over half a million LEGO bricks. The product of more than 2,000 hours of meticulous clicking and clicking, buildings range from the Empire Site Building to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the Tokyo Skytree.

The LEGO architectural masterpieces were built by Ryan McNaught, one of 21 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world.

LEGO Towers of Tomorrow exhibition [Photo: Flying Fish Exhibits]

Cultivate interest in STEM

“In our commitment to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum strives to provide compelling exhibits that trigger those ‘ah-ha” moments, said Dr Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum , in a press release. “Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks is a hands-on experience for all ages and a fun way to cultivate this crucial interest in STEM. “

Le Perot says people of all ages can get creative while running the show. “Construction zones” will be set aside equipped with more than 200,000 LEGO bricks. Visitors will have the opportunity to help create their own tower of tomorrow based on a growing LEGO installation made up of thousands of colorful plastic bricks.

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks is a traveling exhibit of Sydney’s Living Museums and is the subject of an international tour by the Flying Fish Company.

LEGO Towers of Tomorrow exhibition [Photos: Flying Fish Exhibits]

Other tours in the exhibition include the Barangaroo Hotel Crown Resort in Sydney; Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta; 111 West 57th Street, Central Park Tower Building, Chrysler Building in New York; CN Tower in Toronto; Eureka Tower in Melbourne; Infinity Tower in Brisbane; Hong Kong International Trade Tour; Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; N Seoul Tower in Seoul, Korea; the Petronas Towers in Malaysia; Q1 in Queensland; Shanghai Tower in Shanghai; Taipei 101 in Taiwan; the Willis Tower (Sears) in Chicago; and Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles.

Presented locally by Highland Capital Philanthropies, the exhibit will run from Friday, September 24 to April 24, 2022, at the Perot Museum, located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas.

For a photo gallery from the Towers of Tomorrow exhibit, see the end of this article.

Arlington kicks off

Not to be outdone, Arlington also shows its own LEGO love, for some hilarious and bureaucratic reason.

The city made a point of explaining its 2022 budget to the city’s 400,000 inhabitants. But no one would read reams of paper cluttered with numbers.

Instead, as Governor.com reported, the city let the LEGOs tell the story:

It turns out Jay Warren, Arlington’s communications and legislative affairs director, is a lifelong LEGO fan. He has spent the past 10 years building his own LEGO Arlington as a personal hobby.

“Some of the LEGOs that have been used date back to my childhood in the ’80s,” Warren told Governor. “Fortunately, my mom didn’t get rid of these things, and when I was able to get them and start building again, I did.”

Now he’s putting his LEGOs to civic use by creating the video “Build, Unite, Create: Using LEGO Bricks to Explain Arlington’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022”. With 20 years of experience in the news, Warren shot the video himself using stop-motion animation techniques and his own voice-over narration.

The LEGO-based budget video has officially gone viral, garnering 836,459 views at the time of writing.

12-year-old DeSoto intern at NASA obsessed with LEGOs

The Perot Museum uses the LEGO Towers of Tomorrow exhibit to spark interest in STEM learning. If you think that’s overkill, see what the LEGO obsession has done for a DeSoto girl.

Alena Analeigh with Cecilia Qvist, Head of LEGO Ventures for the LEGO Group [Photo courtesy of Alena Analeigh]

12-year-old Alena Analeigh is a child prodigy who has already graduated from high school. This summer, she is doing an internship at NASA, before enrolling at Arizona State University with a double specialization in astronomical and planetary sciences and in chemistry.

Last month, Alena was a guest speaker at the ASU-Global Silicon Valley Summit in San Diego, where she was interviewed on stage by Cecilia Qvist, head of LEGO Ventures for the LEGO Group. Alena spoke of her life journey from a 4-year-old, a LEGO genius, to becoming the youngest person to intern at NASA.

Alena is also an aspiring entrepreneur with her own e-commerce site, thebrownstemgirl.com, which sells clothes, backpacks and fanny packs and offers STEM resources for girls. She updates her Facebook page with reports from her internship at NASA.

Even more impressive: Alena launched the Brown STEM Girl scholarship program for girls of color. The aim of the program is to help high-potential minority students to excel in their classes, achieve higher education and make a difference in the world through STEM. Applications for the scholarship program are open until October 1 and can be submitted here.

Alena appeared on “Good Morning America” ​​last spring and opened up about her obsession with LEGOs.

“Since I was 4 years old, I have loved playing with different types of LEGO,” she told GMA.

Alena Analeigh builds a LEGO spaceship [Photos: Daphne McQuarter]

Alena’s mother, Daphne McQuarter, told GMA that LEGOs are the way she knows Alena is good for the first time.

“She would organize the LEGOs by color, by size,” McQuarter said. “She’s always been strategic with her Legoes, and if you messed up her Legoes, that was a big deal. If you took one of her Lego out of the small box, she knew one of her Lego was missing.

DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor praised Alena for being “” the youngest African American as well as the youngest person in history to secure an internship for NASA:

A Facebook post from DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor congratulating 12-year-old LEGO-obsessed NASA prodigy Alena Analeigh [Image: Facebook]

If an obsession with LEGOs can help develop that level of genius, what can’t it do?

In fact, as a contributor to Forbes magazine last wrote. LEGO is arguably the largest education company in the world.

Local Master FOX LEGO

A native of Dallas and a Microsoft software engineer, Amie Danielle Dansby is called the “LEGO Cyborg Unicorn Hacker at Microsoft”.

The tech pioneer began her career as the first female intern in the video game department at Marvel Studios, where she worked on Captain America and X-Men Destiny before moving on to development work on Xbox and Playstation.

Dansby joined the LEGO royalty by appearing as a contestant on FOX TV’s “LEGO Masters”.

Dallas native Amie Danielle Dansby (center) appearing on FOX’s LEGO Masters [Image: FOX]

The LEGO star, who thinks “tech is hot,” launched and fully funds a scholarship for girls in STEM through the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, TX. She is also active in the maker, LEGO, hacker and cosplay communities.

“I am always learning and improving and improving my skills and I see that passion is not a plan, it is a feeling. And the feelings change. You create your life by living it, and my life is more than a game, ”Dansby says on his LinkedIn page.

Dansby has an amazing website, as well as an interactive LEGO wall right inside the front door of his house.

There might be more LEGO North Texas stories to tell, but we’re too busy building a LEGO recreation of our tornado-destroyed Thomas Jefferson High School to explore further. In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of images from the next exhibition at the Perot Museum:

International Trade Tower, Petronas Twin Towers and Q1

Central Park Tower, Chrysler Building and CN Tower

Shanghai Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Willis Tower

Comcast, Eureka and Infinity Tower

111 West 57th Street, Bank of America Plaza and Barangaroo Hotel Resort

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