Aloha! Play-Well Hawaii

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[Photo from Laurene J. on Flickr]

ALOHA!

We are excited to announce that Play Well is expanding to Hawaii! It’s Island time! Our amazing Play-Wellian, Wrenn is adding Hawaii to our list of Play Well states!

We’re kicking off Play-Well Hawaii with a few winter camps in Honolulu!

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Kama’aina Kids is our new partner in Hawaii!

 

We are working with Kama’aina Kids to create a unique camp experience at the Bishop Museum from December 21st-23rd.  Bishop Museum campers will have a 90-minute Play Well engineering class with over 20,000 LEGO pieces.

To sign up for camp at the Bishop Museum click here!

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The YMCA Mililani is also hosting winter intersession Play Well camps! We’re offering our Engineering FUNdamentals class, December 28th-30th from 12:45pm-3:45pm.

To sign up for camp at the YMCA Mililani click here!

If you’d like Play-Well to offer Engineering with LEGO classes at your school, complete our After-School Enrichment Request Form HERE.

If you’d like to have a Play-Well Engineering with LEGO Party, complete our Party Request Form HERE.

If you’d like to get on our special Hawaii only mailing list or have questions about our Hawaii programs, please contact Wrenn Okada at wrenn@play-well.org.

For more information about Play-Well TEKnologies, visit play-well.org.  Happy Holidays!

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We can’t wait to build, play and learn with you in Hawaii! 

TedX Attendees Playing Well in Colorado

At Tedx Mile High #IdeasAtPlay Conference, we created a play activation zone using LEGO for attendees.  Here is what we came up with.

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Attendees were excited to participate in our LEGO Battle Track Jousting Competition.

 

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TedXMileHigh Attendees got to build with over 20,000 pieces of LEGO.

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This is what they named our zone.

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We built a working LEGO Ferris Wheel for the event.

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And added a working LEGO conveyor belt and Nepalese LEGO Pagoda.

Let us know if you’d like us to add a LEGO play activation zone for your next conference or special event.  To request more details, complete our special request form here.

To see our other large scale LEGO build events, click here.  

Play-Well Adventure at Adobe

We were lucky enough to participate again in Adobe’s Field Trip for their families at their Utah, Seattle, and San Jose office.  There were dinosaurs, Hula dancers, gliders, clowns, and of course, we brought the LEGO.  Hopefully, we were able to inspire some future engineers in the process.

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Future Adobe Campus in LEGO. #adobelife #adobeideas #adobe #playwell

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Our booth is ready for people. We usually refer to the name though as LEGO.

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Even a dinosaur had to stop by our booth at one point to check out what was happening.

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Our jousting battles were in full swing. Some kids had returned from last year just to participate.

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We made the Adobe logo out of LEGO. 3 ft. by 3 ft. We used it as the starting point for our Adobe campus.

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One of our first additions to the Adobe Campus.

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The campus is coming along. People keep adding their office to the mix.

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Of course we were also racing cars.

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The campus is nearly complete.

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At the Seattle office of Adobe, we built LEGO right under the bridge.

 

Adobe – San Jose, CA

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For Adobe Field Trip in San Jose, we built the frame of an Adobe sign and kids finished the build.

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We even brought a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge in LEGO.

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We built a LEGO Minecraft world to go with the Adobe Sign.

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The Adobe sign is complete. Thanks for having us!

 

We Helped The Glide Community Build a 7.5 LEGO Logo

On Sunday, July 12th, we helped GLIDE and families in the Tenderloin neighborhood build a 7.5 LEGO Heart of their Glide logo for Sunday Streets.  A huge reason we were able to build so much of the sign was because of the awesome volunteers from Twitter For Good.  Thanks to everyone that helped make this idea become a reality. Check out some of the pictures from the event below:

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We began the sign at 11 AM and we only had until 3:30 PM to complete it. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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Kids from all around the tenderloin community came to help. Some simply got off their bicycles to help. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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By 12 PM, we had much of the lettering done and the complete bottom done. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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Here is the awesome designer of the sign, Marco, and Leah, one of the awesome volunteers from Twitter. Without their help, this would never have been completed. (Picture Source: Leah from Twitter)

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Now, the unconditionally part of the sign needed to be built. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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We are getting closer. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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This was one of our phenomenal helpers. She was able to do a lot of the hard part of build, filling in the letters with LEGO. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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One interesting challenge of making a sign like this is that pressure is applied to both sides of the sign, so it is much harder to get LEGO into the middle. She was able to do it with some friends. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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Almost there. (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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We even needed a few step stools to get those last pieces up at the top. (Picture Source: Adejire Bademosi from Twitter)

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We did it! (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

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The heart will be displayed at freedom hall at Glide Memorial Church. (Picture Source: Dori Caminong)

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Let’s just say the Glide staff was excited about it and the entire Sunday Streets event. Thanks for having us! (Picture Source: Alain McLaughlin from Glide)

Thanks again for having us Glide!  If you’d like to do a special LEGO event in your area, click HERE for details.

Play-Well’s Summer LEGO Build & Tell

During the summer, we always encourage our students to continue to build, play, and learn about the engineering world through LEGO.  So, we are conducting a fun summer project that kids and parents can participate in called Play-Well’s Summer LEGO Build & Tell.

It’s easy for anyone to participate.  Here’s how:

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1. Kids build a project, either something they learned to build at a Play-Well camp or a contraption that they have been inspired to build from their own creativity.

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2. Parents, make a short video of your child talking about their creation and any engineering or architecture concepts that have been incorporated into the project.  The video should not be more than 90 seconds.

3. Post your video on YouTube, vimeo, or your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page.

4. Submit the video link to our Play-Well Facebook, Twitter, Instagram page or email it to jeff@play-well.org.

5. Celebrate!  You are done!

Here are the prizes:

  • The first 30 submissions will receive a Play-Well LEGO Minifigure.
  • qqGYlp1 - Imgur10 submissions (selected at random) will receive a Play-Well LEGO Bow Tie.
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Kid President received one of our Play-Well LEGO Bow Ties and wore it recently at the Jefferson Awards: https://playwelltek.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/kid-president-wore-our-lego-bow-tie-to-the-jefferson-awards/

  • 2 submissions (selected at random) will receive a complimentary Play-Well Engineering Fundamentals Mine, Craft, Build LEGO Workshop for their child and their friends.  It has become one of our most popular new programs.

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All families that participate in this project can also be part of our Play-Well LEGO Build & Tell  compilation video, if interested.

The prizes are fun to receive, but in the end, the main goal of this project is to get kids to build more and realize what they are learning while building.  We believe that children learn a great deal through play and we hope to foster this type of learning through our summer camps, as well as at home.  If you have additional questions about the project, simply email jeff@play-well.org.

Also, check out our Summer Engineering with LEGO Camps happening near you.

Kid President Wore Our LEGO Bow Tie To The Jefferson Awards!

We recently gave Kid President and his co-creator of their awesome videos, Brad Montague, two of our Play-Well LEGO Bow Ties.  We found out that they wore them to the Jefferson Awards.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: Robby Novak (L) and Brad Montague, co-creators of Kid President appear at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 43rd Annual National Ceremony on June 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Jefferson Awards Foundation)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 18: Robby Novak (L) and Brad Montague, co-creators of Kid President appear at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 43rd Annual National Ceremony on June 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Jefferson Awards Foundation)

Article: http://entertainthis.usatoday.com/2015/06/19/kid-president-is-just-a-normal-kid-who-makes-amazing-videos/

We found out via twitter.

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We agree, they do look snazzy.

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Check out our other Play-Well LEGO Bow Tie Alumni.

Happy Father’s Day!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” Jim Valvano.Pic_FathersDay

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Clarence B. Kelland.

Happy Father’s Day!

Play-Well Summer Kick-Offs: Grown Ups playing with LEGO

At the beginning of every summer, we have our annual Play-Well Summer Kick-Off’s.  It is when we gather all of our instructors in the area to come together to play, learn, and share lessons learned throughout the year in preparation for running awesome programs during the summer.  We do role-playing, we tell stories, we of course build with LEGO, and we ultimately just have fun.  At this year’s kick-offs, we asked our staff “how many of you were that awkward, nerdy kid growing up?”  Almost all of our instructors hands go up.  So, we then tell them that in our camps this summer, we are going to have kids that are just like you, trying to figure out where they belong.  By simply being your full, nerdy self, we give that child permission to do the same.  And even better than learning about the world of engineering, that could be the most memorable lesson they learn that summer: To just be themselves.

Check out pictures from our many kick-offs around the country leading up to summer.

Play-Well Northwest Kick-Off (Seattle, Tacoma, Portland)

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Our Play-Well Northwest Staff recreating the Hadouken Meme, Play-Well Style.

Play-Well East Coast Kick-Off (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey)

It is tradition that we end each of our Play-Well Kick-Offs with the Rock, Paper, Scissors Competition.  This is the Play-Well East Coast one.

It is tradition that we end each of our Play-Well Kick-Offs with the Rock, Paper, Scissors Competition. This is the Play-Well East Coast one.

Here is our strange Play-Well East Coast photo.  Don't mind the person in the middle.

Here is our strange Play-Well East Coast photo. Don’t mind the person in the middle.

Two of our Play-Well Staff still trying to figure out what they built.

Two of our Play-Well Staff still trying to figure out what they built.

David has created a contraption that uses more LEGO Pneumatic tubes that we have ever seen.

David has created a contraption that uses more LEGO Pneumatic tubes that we have ever seen.

 

Our staffer member Michael is building a life size Iron Man Costume and brought in the helmet to show us.

Our staffer member Michael is building a life size Iron Man Costume and brought in the helmet to show us.  And yes, he is wearing the Game of Thrones emblem of the hand, which he 3D printed.

Play-Well East Coast Show & Tell.

Play-Well East Coast Show & Tell.

Play-Well East Coast Staff sharing stories.

Play-Well East Coast Staff sharing stories.

Play-Well Texas Kick-Off

The Play-Well Texas staff in the most calm state.

The Play-Well Texas staff in their most calm state.

This is normal attire at our kick-off meetings.  Play-Well Texas Kick-Off.

This is normal attire at our kick-off meetings. Play-Well Texas Kick-Off.

Still trying to figure what that is. Play-Well Texas Kick-Off.

Still trying to figure what that is. Play-Well Texas Kick-Off.

In Texas, they don't play around.  Everything they do, they do big.

In Texas, they don’t play around. Everything they do, they do big.

During our role-playing workshop, some people truly committed to their roles as kids.

During our role-playing workshop, some people truly committed to their roles as kids.

At the Play-Well Texas Kick-Off, this was a normal meeting.

At the Play-Well Texas Kick-Off, this is considered a normal meeting amongst colleagues.

Play-Well Chicago Kick-Off

Play-Well Chicago staff are quite normal.

Play-Well Chicago staff are quite normal.

At the Play-Well Chicago Kick-Off, Chris finds himself without words during our role-playing workshop.

At the Play-Well Chicago Kick-Off, Chris finds himself without words during our role-playing workshop.

At the Play-Well Chicago Kick-Off, LEGO art was on display.

At the Play-Well Chicago Kick-Off, LEGO art was on display.

Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Kick-Off (Maryland, DC, Virginia)

This is how you spell LEGO with human beings.  Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Kick-Off.

This is how you spell LEGO with human beings. Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Kick-Off.

Bow Ties are ready for staff to wear at the Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Kick-Off.

Bow Ties are ready for staff to wear at the Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Kick-Off.

At the Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Kick-Off (DC, Virginia, & Maryland), a few of us having a lot of fun with the LEGO inventions we made.

At the Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Kick-Off (DC, Virginia, & Maryland), a few of us having a lot of fun with the LEGO inventions we made.

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Play-Well Mid-Atlantic Staff (Maryland, DC, Virginia)

Play-Well Colorado/Utah Kick-Off

These are the normal faces of the Play-Well Colorado & Utah Staff.

These are the normal faces of the Play-Well Colorado & Utah Staff.

When we create stories with LEGO, every piece of furniture is fair game.

When we create stories with LEGO, every piece of furniture is fair game.

Time to hear Tim Talk.

Time to hear Tim Talk.

At the Play-Well Colorado Kick-Off, this team is combining all of the elements from the Avatar.

At the Play-Well Colorado Kick-Off, this team is combining all of the elements from the Avatar.