By Steven Petersen for INL Public Affairs
Atoms are everywhere. They are the building blocks of all things, including nuclear power. Lego bricks on the other hand, are the building blocks of, well, fun! So, what do you get when you combine nuclear power with Lego bricks? Atomic Town Power.
In this nuclear power based set, the wonders of clean, reliable energy are put directly into your hands. Composed of roughly 3,000 pieces, Atomic Town Power comes equipped with chemists, a control room and even a hot cell that can rotate inside its glowing reactor.
The set was inspired by Experimental Breeder Reactor I, which produced electricity using nuclear power for the first time in 1951 at what is known today as Idaho National Laboratory.
Pair Atomic Town Power Lego kit with any other set, and you will have a clean source of energy to power your entire collection!
Learn more about the benefits of nuclear energy by supporting Atomic Town Power and help us vote this one-of-a-kind set into reality.
Front left side view
Left side view with chem lab
Control room and lobby
Control room close up view
Removable second floor generator with signatures
Reactor core close up
If you are a Lego enthusiast or nuclear energy aficionado, you might want to check out this one-of-a-kind Lego set.
Atomic Town Power Lego design is nothing short of creative. With many components representative of those found inside a nuclear energy facility, it is educational and fun!
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Explore the gallery below to see how the bricks come together to form Atomic Town Power – also enjoy the Lego Science series to discover new ideas for playing with your legos at home!
See how the bricks come together to form Atomic Town Power, a fun and easy to build Lego set that puts the wonders of nuclear energy in the palm of your hand. Watch this Lego power plant come to life from top to bottom – featuring a nuclear reactor, hot cell and other things you might find in a real nuclear plant.
Learn how Cathy Riddle used Lego Digital Designer to design Atomic Town Power, and learn how you can use it yourself.
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LEGO “Atomic Town Power,” a tribute to Experimental Breeder Reactor I, which produced electricity from nuclear fission in 1951, is a 5,857-piece kit still in the concept stage that may one day be available commercially.
An Idaho-designed LEGO set could be coming to stores around the world — and it has a science theme designed to inspire kids to learn more about STEM fields.
LEGOs have been an essential toy in the lives of children all across the globe for decades. The simplicity and design of these building blocks will always appeal to kids, and sometimes even adults. In Dr. Catherine Riddle’s case, they are a tool for teaching STEM students about nuclear power and energy.
Catherine Riddle, PhD, is a research scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory. She developed the concept of EBR-I in LEGO as a product idea and posted her information about it at the LEGOs web site. Calling her project Atomic Power Town, it is a complete representation in LEGO of the EBR-I.