We are a community of LEGO ® enthusiasts from all walks of life. Our community includes engineers, software developers, artists, teachers, coaches and LEGO involved parents. Our experience in LEGO includes preparation of FIRST LEGO League ® and FIRST LEGO League Jr ® teams, as well as World Robot Olympiad Teams. We are trained in Creative Problem Solving and LEGO Serious Play. We create curriculum that integrates themes with LEGO bricks.
We are currently at a 960 square feet creative learning, event and education space located in sunny Shoreline Village, Long Beach, California. We are committed to experiences involving LEGO ® bricks and the Maker Movement and are aligned with education through pop culture. We are a Makersville community, and are co-located with Makersville.
Our Philosophy: “Anything Can Start with LEGO Bricks”
Below you will find more information about our projects and about us. We are still updating our website post-covid, so some of the information may be out of date. Please be patient.
The Celebrate Art contest was slated for Summer 2020. We will rework it for some future time.
Visit and play with Open Design Studio or join us for meetings and classes or schedule your special event with us!
We’re calling it Camp Brick Brick. It ‘s a LEGO themed camp inspired by a chicken. “Brick, brick brick brick brick” she said as she gathered LEGO bricks for the camp. Then they made activities.
In this Learn to Build, Share and Teach camp, students will be presented with projects we have created as learning opportunities that involve LEGO bricks. Participants will learn and will be encouraged to share what they have built and what they know with others..
Sessions are $25. each and include the opportunity to bridge in case you need all day support.
Our Thursday AM session will be a multi-national session.
What is Brickersville? – Brickersville is an entertainment, discovery and learning space based around the LEGO(r) brick. To those who wish to engage as entrepreneurs we are also an entrepreneurship skills community space.
Do you have classes? Yes! Please see our current class schedule.
Join us for one of our everyday progressive projects. Your study begins with a tour, and you choose how you would like to join us!
MAKE COMIC BOOKS
Photograph Shoreline Village, create characters and photograph them. Older students learn to edit the characters and photos in GIMP (open source digital editing software) and put them together into comic book scenes using LEGO Story Visualizer. Lots of file format manipulation learned!
Shoreline Village’s BRICKERSVILLE: THE SHOW
Make animated videos using your own characters and ours, and stop motion animation techniques, then we post on our YouTube channels and you on yours!
SHORELINE VILLAGE AND PIKE HISTORY
We’re learning a little bit about the old pike and its rides and making a Contraption! The Long Beach Pike Jollyball Machine!
We’re building rides of our own!
BUILD SHORELINE VILLAGE’S BRICKERSVILLE
We’re working on building Shoreline Village, one building at a time. We’ll measure and draw and photograph and model.
We’re on a scavenger hunt for Long Beach history, starting with the Long Beach Pike and how it evolved over time. Students are encouraged to ask their parents and grandparents if they have memories of the Long Beach Pike before coming and bring photos to share. We will share those memories and talk about the rides and entertainment on the Long Beach Pike. Together we will craft a memory and/or make observations about the businesses on the pier, then share it on the living history site: http://www.longbeachinabox.com.
Field trips may be booked for 15 – 37 students at a time. The price is $10 per student.
Classes of more than 20 may be divided into two groups. One group will perform measurement andgather photos and information while the second group works in Shoreline Village’s Brickersville studio.
Teachers are asked to provide adult support in the ratio of 1:6 for students up to 8 years old, and 1:8 for students 8 and over. Adults will be provided with instructions for a specific task. For scheduling, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Trish at 562-225-9589.
I’m sitting in Brickersville, our LEGO(r) brick themed space at Shoreline Village, and my mind turns to the people I’ve met here since I started Brickersville with Jesse Miller, who we call “the Honorable First Mayor of Brickersville”. I don’t suppose there ever will be a second Mayor, he does the job so well.
Shoreline Village is indeed a village. It’s a community of some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s a down-to-earth group of people that tends to a variety of businesses and attractions… and the staff that supports them. The village plans festivities like the Pirate Festival. Maybe I can convince them to someday plan a LEGO(r) brick themed festival. Maybe we can call it 2×4 Day or All About Bricks. I’ll tell you about that some day.
A couple of days ago I was rearranging the shelving in the space. But, darn it, one of the little screws couldn’t come out of the poles. I took the pole downstairs, to the Pirate’s Cove souvenir shop, and a couple of the fellows there tried to help. It didn’t quite work, so we asked one of the handy folks who walk around in the bright blue shirts.
I’m not mentioning names, as I’m not sure they would want that much attention. Thank you! What would the village be without you?
Trish Tsoiasue is Squigglemom, the Game Master at Brickersville in Shoreline Village, California. Drop in for a free tour, or visit with us all afternoon for a small per person fee! 419 Q Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Busy day in the classroom! Brick Math is trending, so we did our own version, with everyone participating on the board. We learned about fractions with money, pizza (virtual) and bricks (real and virtual).
Built the hot rod in the Simple Machines LEGO(r) Education kit, invented an assembly for change of direction of motion and built part of Brick Bank!
Photos and cool video below!