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

On Saturday March 10th, 2018, Play-Well TEKnologies is offering a free and kid friendly, city of Anthem LEGO® build at the Caurus Academy! Families will build the city of Anthem out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks! Kids can construct the Adventure Playground, Daisy Mountain, their own home, school and favorite park all out of LEGO®. Students will explore hands on architecture through learning about overlapping and how buildings are so strong! All LEGO® materials will be provided by Play-Well.  For safety, all kids need to bring an adult.

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

  • What is your favorite part of Anthem?
  • How would you design your own house?
  • How would you make Anthem even better than it is now?

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 Anthem out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks

Location: Caurus Academy 41900 N. 42nd Ave. Anthem, AZ 85086

Date & Time: Saturday March 10th, 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

To register for the event, please visit our Eventbrite page HERE.

Play-Well Contact: Jennifer Gaona, jennifer@play-well.org602-317-7448

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:

 

Play-Well Featured On ABC15 in Phoenix

We were recently featured on Phoenix’s ABC15, as part of the Raising Arizona Kids Camp Fair.

We will be offering Spring Break Engineering with LEGO Camps at the following locations:

Challenger Space Center – Peoria (March 10th-14th)
Power Ranch Community Center – Gilbert (March 10th-14th)
Horizon Community Center – Scottsdale (March 10th-14th)
Snedigar Recreation Center – Chandler (March 10th-14th and March 17th – 21st)

For more information on these Spring Break Camps, visit:
http://bit.ly/2014PlayWellArizonaSpringBreakLEGOCamps

Giving Away LEGO on April 1st!

While doing inventory, we realized that our instructor kits have too much LEGO. So, we need to get rid of thousands of LEGO pieces. If you’d like some, just comment below. One last important piece of information: APRIL FOOLS!

LEGO Kit

Our Play-Well JEDI Engineering w/LEGO Program

We recently had so much fun running our new JEDI Engineering w/LEGO program.  Our instructors that are Star Wars nerds are really into teaching these programs, getting kids excited about the world of Star Wars, and answering what role engineers played in creating this world.

We ask our students, “who do you think built the X-Wing, Tie Fighter, Millenium Falcon, Death Star, Imperial Cruiser, Clone Troopers, and even the Jedi Academy?  Engineers.”  Then as engineers, we begin to reconstruct the world and story lines of Star Wars through our LEGO building.

Check out some pictures from a JEDI Engineering camp we recently held in Ventura County, CA.

Our staff member, Jared, with a group of mini Jedi Engineering builders.

Our staff member, Jared, with a group of mini Jedi Engineering builders.

A LEGO battle droid model and a X-Wing prototype welcomed these Jedi Engineers to the camp.

A LEGO battle droid model and a X-Wing prototype welcomed these Jedi Engineers to the camp.

If you’d like more information about our JEDI Engineering programs, click HERE.  We will be offering JEDI Engineering camps in various parts of the country this summer.  If you’d like to know if we are offering these camps in your area, simply click here and search for camps near you: http://www.play-well.org/summer/2013/.

PLAY WELL!

Play-Well Engineering w/LEGO Party & Swoop Bag Giveaway

We are collaborating with Swoop Bags to give away a 
Play-Well Engineering w/LEGO Birthday Party (Value: $300.00) and two Swoop Bags (Value: $96.00).

Details: Enter to win a Play-Well Engineering w/LEGO® Birthday Party (Value $300) PLUS two Swoop bags (Value $96). Expires 8/12/12

Who is Play-Well TEKnologies?
Play-Well TEKnologies provides project-based programs designed to teach the principles and methods of engineering to children, ages 5 – 14, using LEGO®. Play-Well has been growing future engineers since 1997.

What’s a Swoop Bag?
Swoop bags are the ultimate modern TOY STORAGE BAG + PLAYMAT in one.
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CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE!

Meet Our Play-Well Instructor, Briana!

Here at Play-Well, we are lucky to have a lot of super cool, smart, creative instructors! Briana is one of those instructors, teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area. She fits in great at Play-Well because of her passion for engineering, teaching, and challenging her students. As a woman engineer and instructor, she is especially interested in the roles women play in engineering and how to support and inspire our female students. Recently, we chatted with Briana about what inspired her to be an engineer and her thoughts on women in engineering.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ENGINEER?

I really like understanding how things work. For some people understanding how things work may take the magic out of it but for me, that’s what makes things magical. I love to understand how things work, how to change them and how the universe is.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WOMEN BRING TO ENGINEERING?

Women naturally work together, are very creative. They are able to think about things in a different way, which can lead to exciting and creative collaboration, creation, and engineering. Sometimes engineers bring preconceived notions of how things work and how they think things should be. They follow in the footsteps of other great engineers  which can prevent them from being as innovative as they could be. Many female engineers break this mold and innovate by thinking outside of the box.

WHAT ARE THE GIRLS IN YOUR CLASSES LIKE?

The girls in my class are very inquisitive and they are strong problem solvers. They approach problems in creative and flexible ways. They excel at teamwork, of course, and that’s what solves real world engineering problems after all. They are often excited to see that their teacher is a woman and I try to inspire them and recognize their efforts and victories so that they know how awesome they are and so they don’t slide back into their comfort zones.

We and Briana are both determined to create a fun and open environment where all of our students feel that they can learn and build together with the support and direction of our instructors. We encourage our instructors to engage all of our students while inspiring them to think and work creatively within an environment where they feel safe and comfortable. So we hope that you will send your boys and girls to learn, grow, and innovate with us!

For more information about our Play-Well camps this summer, visit: bit.ly/2012PlayWellCamps.