With a sudden solar flare, an enormous amount of heat was sent from the sun to Mars. The red planet began to thaw. The ice quickly became water, and Martians that had been trapped in the ice for centuries began to come to life. The heat from the sun was so great and so sudden the ice almost instantly became water thus flooding the planet. The once red planet was now blue.
Knowing that their planet would one day turn from ice to water, the Martians prepared by building boats before all was frozen. These boats would become their homes and means of transportation. Millions of Martian boys and girls floated around on their houseboats every day with nothing to do since all their toys where underwater.
One Martian, who was lucky enough to visit earth on a cow harvesting expedition before the big freeze, remembered coming across an amazing toy during his adventure. The toy was called LEGO®. In fact he recalled that it was much more than a toy, it was also a tool for learning and developing creativity. The lack of fun and creativity on their boats was sucking the joy out of all Martian kids so he decided to send earth an SOS. The message read, “Urgent! Our kids are falling into extreme distress from the lack of playing and creating. SEND LEGO building bricks as soon as Martianly possible!"
Being that Mars was completely under water and around 250 million miles away we had to get creative with our means of transportation. Needing a rocket and boat, with the help of my two daughters, we combined the two and created the LEGO Rocket Ark. The LEGO Rocket Ark is set to launch May 11th 2012. Our first stop is LEGOLAND® Florida where we will load the Ark full of LEGO Building sets and Minifigures. From LEGOLAND Florida we will launch into space. 13 and half hours later we will land on the Moon for an hour to see if the suspension on the Ninjago Skull Truck rivals the moon land rover. (Apparently Lord Garmadon and Darth Vader have a little bet going.)
Our third and final stop will be the fourth planet from the sun, Mars. We will land the LEGO Rocket Ark in the Valles Marineris, the largest canyon in the Solar System, and now the home of thousands of Martians. There we will open up our doors inviting any and all Martians, young and old, to board the LEGO Rocket Ark to build, create, learn, and play LEGO.
This entry was submitted by Ben Glenn in the 14+ age group.
You can enter the Build Your Dream Machine Challenge, too! Build a vehicle using LEGO® bricks for a chance to win a trip to LEGOLAND® Florida! Enter March 10–May 10, 2012. A car that becomes a sailboat? A sailboat that can sail through outer space? Use LEGO® bricks as a vehicle of your imagination. Where do you need to go? What does your vehicle need to do? You imagine the journey and the destination, then build the perfect means of transportation!â€¨â€¨
The LEGO® Travel Adventure exhibit is at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis through July 22, 2012.