Tinker, hack, and invent with Nick Britsky

Brick Challenge Game Show

Nick Britsky is the host of Brick Challenge, a LEGO-themed trivia show that first debuted in 2012. The show was a hit with visitors to Maker Faire Detroit, so we brought Nick, and his alter ego “Nick Brickly,” back to The Henry Ford this month as part of LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition.

Make sure to check back to The Henry Ford’s blog for a preview on that month’s featured Tinker, Hack, Invent maker.

LEGO Imperial Flagship

Photo via http://shop.lego.com

What will you be doing during this week’s Tinker, Hack, Invent, Saturday?
We will be performing two shows of the Brick Challenge Game Show. For each event, we will select four kids ages 7 to 15 to compete. They will be quizzed on LEGO trivia and challenged at mini games. Every team wins a LEGO set but the winning team gets a bigger one.

Out of all the LEGO sets you own, do you have a favorite?
My favorite set is the Imperial Flagship. It was given to me by my wife very early in our relationship. It was proof to me that she was the one and would support and even encourage my passion with LEGO.

What other projects are you working on these days?
I’m designing a number of custom furniture pieces for my LEGO workshop and am developing an interactive zombie game made completely out of LEGO for an upcoming show.

LEGO Brick Storage

Nick has a lot of LEGO bricks on hand in his LEGO workshop.

What’s one tool you can’t live without?
Non-LEGO related, my “beep beep” – a Klein Tools Non-Contact Voltage Tester. This is the tool that keeps me from frying myself as I try to rewire things. I would never do an electrical project of significant voltage without it.

What are you looking forward to about Maker Faire Detroit this year?
Good question. For my own project, a couple of ideas are floating in my head. It could be a bigger better Brick Challenge, some type of electric vehicle, or it could be a project out of LEGO bricks.

You can catch the final Brick Challenge games of the season Saturday, Jan. 26, in Henry Ford Museum at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sign up to be eligible for the contestant drawing is 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

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