Legoland's new master model builder

March 13, 2012 9:49:35 AM PDT
Bartlett resident Andrew Johnson, 23, has been named the new Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago after competing for the job against seven other finalists during a public build-off event.

In his new role as Master Model Builder, Johnson will be responsible for developing new models for the thousands of children and families who visit the Center. Johnson, a student at DePaul University, said he realized his love for LEGO as an artistic and educational medium while working as an instructor at GreenApple Campus, a summer camp that uses LEGO to inspire young minds in architecture and engineering. Dozens of applicants for the Master Model Builder job applied online at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago's website by uploading a resume and a one-minute YouTube video. Staff at the Center narrowed down the applicants to eight finalists, who competed in the March 4 public build-off. Throughout the competition, candidates were challenged to build complex LEGO models based on various themes supplied by the Center and using only the piles of pre-selected LEGO bricks in front of them. A special panel of adults and children judged each candidate's performance based on their creativity, aptitude at building and ability to interact with guests.

Master Builder Academy

Under 18 and want a chance to experience life as a Master Model Builder? LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago has launched its second installment of Master Builder Academy, upcoming sessions include:

March 11, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advance registration for this event is required. To reserve your spot, call 847-592-9708. For more details on Master Builder Academy visit


out LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago (release) LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is an indoor family entertainment destination with over 3 million LEGO bricks and nine attractions including: Model Builder Workshop; Jungle Expedition; LEGO City Construction Site Play Zone; LEGO 4D Cinema; LEGO rides; Build and Test; LEGO Factory Tour; and MINILAND featuring iconic Chicago landmarks.

Located at the Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Rd. in Schaumburg, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is 30 minutes from downtown Chicago by car. Adult Admission is $19. Child Admission is $15. Special annual pass and ticket discounts are available at Last guest admission is two hours before closing. Extended hours are available on school vacation days and national holidays. Visit for updated daily opening times. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a part of the Merlin Entertainments Group.