Play-Well Staff Retreat

Our management staff had an awesome retreat in San Anselmo, CA near our Play-Well Marin Activity Center. We spent the week learning, exploring, connecting, and, of course, playing with lots of LEGO®! We discussed new programs, we hiked in the Redwoods, taught STEM concepts to three classes at a local school, shared ideas about new in-school programming for science classes, built a Giant Ball Contraption out of LEGO® and so much more. We’re excited to share what we’ve discovered with all of you! Here are some highlights from the retreat:

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PRESS ADVISORY: Building The City of Brighton out of 40,000 LEGO® Pieces

On Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating with the Brighton Recreation Center to build the city of Brighton out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks. Students can construct Main St. Brighton, mountains, their own home, school, playgrounds, parks all out of LEGO. Students will explore hands on architecture through learning about overlapping and how buildings are so strong! All LEGO will be provided by Play-Well. For safety all kids need to be bring an adult 🙂

Families will get the opportunity to build the city of Brighton as they would like to see it, as well as get the opportunity to answer these questions through play:

  • If you had the chance to design the city of Brighton, how would you design it?
  • What else would you add to the city that you currently think is missing?
  • How would you make Brighton even better than it is now?

The best part is that the event is FREE to the public.

Session 1- 10:00am – 11:30am​ ​

Session 2- 1:00pm – 2:30pm

(Both sessions will be doing the same builds)

This is a Free event for kids ages 5+. Only kids need tickets

Here are the details of the event:

Event: Building The City of Brighton out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks

Location: Brighton Recreation Center 555 N 11th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601

Date & Time: Sunday October 22nd, 2017 / Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Session 2: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

To register for the event please visit our eventbrite page here.

Brighton Recreation Contact: (303) 655-2200

Play-Well Contact: Brianna Laffey, brianna@play-well.org

Play-Well TEKnologies

Play-Well TEKnologies teaches LEGO-Inspired STEM Programs to approximately 100,000 kids/year around the U.S.  Their goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers, innovators, scientists, and inventors all through the power of play.  Kids dive into our classes and exercise their innate gift for building. They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate.  For more information, visit play-well.org.

Examples of other Play-Well City Builds:

Huddle Up For Autism with The Philadelphia Eagles

On Sunday, March 26th, 2017, we partnered with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital for their Annual Huddle Up For Autism Event.  We helped Eagles fans built mini-eagles, goal posts, and even the Philadelphia Eagles logo out of LEGO® materials.

If you’d like to build a Mini-Eagles out of LEGO® material, check out our directions here:

Press Advisory: Building Salt Lake Valley out of LEGO® Bricks

Creating Washington, D.C. out of LEGO® Bricks at the National Building Museum

Back in January, Utah tech leaders showed up to the Capitol to request lawmakers to help bring more talent to Utah to fill their STEM positions.  As National Engineering Week comes to a close, on Saturday, February 25th at the Gene Fullmer Rec Center, families get the opportunity to build Salt Lake Valley with over 50,000 LEGO® Bricks, as a way to introduce more kids to the world of STEM and assist in building that STEM talent pipeline for future.

Gene Fullmer Recreation Center is teaming up with Play-Well TEKnologies, an organization that teaches kids engineering concepts using LEGO, in a collaborative effort to introduce more kids to the world of engineering. Over 50,000 pieces of LEGO® and hundreds of families will be converging at Gene Fullmer Recreation, in an effort to build the Salt Lake Valley out of LEGO and get more kids interested in engineering and other STEM and STEAM-related fields.

Location: Gene Fullmer Recreation Center, 8015 South 2200 West, West Jordan UT 84088

Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 3 PM (For the best video and photos, we recommend press arrive near the end of each session)

Contact: Brianna Laffey, 720-515-7309, brianna@play-well.org

Here are examples of Play-Well’s City Builds around the country:

Atlanta, GA

Washington, D.C.

Hayward, CA

Here are additional examples of other large builds Play-Well has done around the country.

Play-Well’s World Record LEGO®-Inspired Builds

In the past few years, we have gotten the opportunity to collaborate with amazing organizations and families to break World LEGO® Records.  Here are some of those below:

Setting The World LEGO Record With SoulPancake For International Peace Day

Breaking The World’s Longest LEGO® Chain Record For Jamesy To Bring Awareness To Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Building Human Spinal Columns out of LEGO® Bricks with Stanford Neuroscientists

 

Breaking World’s Longest LEGO® Chain Record For Autism Awareness

If you’d like us to help you break a world record, visit our Special Events Page and fill out our special events request form.

Play Well!

We Built Alameda County District 2 & Hayward out of LEGO

On Saturday, October 1st, 2016, we helped Supervisor Richard Valle and the Hayward Area Parks and Recreation District build the District 2 Map out of LEGO, as well as the city of Hayward out of LEGO.  It was for Science In The Parka Biennial FREE family event that makes STEM and health compelling and accessible to children, families, and the general public in Alameda County District 2. 

Families were able to find where they lived in a map of District 2 and create their neighborhood out of LEGO.  They also were able to build Hayward out of LEGO, as well as play with other LEGO-Inspired STEM projects.  Check out the videos and pictures of the event below.  If you’d like us to run a similar event for your government agency, simply complete our Special Request Form HERE.

We are building Hayward out of LEGO at Science in the Park. #scienceinthepark #lego @alamedacountysocialservices

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Breaking The World’s Longest LEGO Chain Record For Jamesy

On Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 2 years from the day that 7-Year-Old James “Jamesy” Raffone was diagnosed with the rare disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), we, Play-Well TEKnologies collaborated with Jar of Hope, to break the record for the World’s Longest LEGO Chain.

With the help of many volunteers, Jamesy’s classmates, as well as devoted teachers and principals from both Clark Mills School and Milford Brook School, we were able to break the record by 12 meters. The new record is 3108 Ft. or 919.89 Meters.  Check out videos from the event below.

If you’d like to help Jamesy, please visit Jar of Hope at jarofhope.org.

The story got picked up by AJ+.

New Jersey Local News Channels also picked up the story.

Even LEGO recognized the effort.

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