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Lego MSE Lab

Materials Science and Engineering Research Lab Custom Lego® Set

Designed for play and for use in Materials Science and Engineering education, these models introduce students (high school through graduate school) to current tools and instruments used in the research and characterization of materials

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To wield these tools effectively, an engineer or scientist must understand how the instrument works and the kind of information it provides.

These sets provide a great stepping-stone for students to learn about different materials characterization instruments. The main concepts of the instrument operation are developed as a student “builds” the device model. Fostering an intuitive understanding helps a student rapidly develop proficiency when it comes time to learn and use the instrument outside of Lego world.

The inspiration for many of these models came from the materials characterization devices housed in the Boise State Center for Materials Characterization (BSCMC).


Click here see our submission page at LEGO Ideas. …It’s too late to vote to support this IDEA so, unfortunately, we missed the chance to bring these sets to commercial production but the process was a great learning experience for all involved.


Ordering Instructions/Tips

  1. Pick a Model to build
  2. Order the bricks for that model
    1. If you are associated with BSU’s MSE Department, refer to “BSCMC LEGO Modules Ordering Information”
    2. For more efficient and reliable ordering, the preferred vendor priority is Bricks and Pieces, then Pick a Brick, then Brick Owl
  3. Build the model, taking notes as you go along.  Feel free to give us feedback regarding the success of your efforts (and the bricks you purchased for the model).  We welcome this information and any suggestions that you might have!

Which bricks should you order?
Great question!  Fortunately, when these models were designed using LEGO software they came with a list of bricks used, a useful thing for figuring out exactly which pieces you will need.  Downloadable by the following link, our modified Bill of Materials (BoM) lists the materials for each kit in its own tab, with alternative versions of a model provided when applicable.  Prices for each brick are included in the vendor ordering priority listed above.  Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change along with product availability, and we are unable to update our BoM when these changes might take place.  Ideally, we will be able to update this information once or twice per year.

Download the LEGO Model BoM
BSCMC LEGO Modules Ordering Information

Note: We have every confidence that the bricks listed for each model are the correct pieces for the accurate completion of that model.  However, Boise State University, its College of Engineering, the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and the Applied Electrochemistry and Corrosion Research Group will not be held liable for purchase(s) on the part of any individual or group of the incorrect LEGO pieces for the construction of a materials characterization device model.  This includes LEGO pieces purchased under the guidance of the Bill of Materials provided on this website.  Thank you for your understanding.


Further Information

All sets are scaled to LEGO mini-figure size, so any LEGO mini-figs will be able to operate them!

Thanks to Chris Olson for the great work designing and modeling the sets.

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