The Des Moines LUG is a part of a network of LUG’s throughout the nation who come together to build with Legos. The groups can range from groups of TFoL’s (Team Fan of Legos) all the way to groups called SNOTs (Studs not on top). The group in Des Moines is an AFoL, which normally means Adult Fan of Legos, but founders of the group, Chris Hettinger and Scott Bowman, both say that for their group it’s a “AFoL, Any Fan of Legos”.
Bowman said that the idea for the group originated when Bowman and Hettinger’s wives first introduced them because of their mutual love for Legos. Hettinger originated the idea of having a group after having moved to Iowa from the Twin LUG in the Twin Cities. Bowman was able to reserve a space for them in the Science Center of Iowa, and the group was founded. The Des Moines LUG holds 24 events, and 18 of those at the Science Center of Iowa.
The experience of working with Legos can be both a tool for entertainment, but also a tool for learning. Playing with Legos is proven to increase tactile learning and motor skills, both of which are great tools for engineers and scientists.