A few years ago, we provided a LEGO engineering consulting challenge at Accenture for kids attending their parents’ Bring Your Kids To Work Day. Let us know if you’d like us to be a part of your upcoming Bring Your Kids To Work Day. Email Jeff at email@example.com.
Through our non-profit organization, Play-Well Outreach, we were lucky enough to work with children in March 2013, at Belle Harbor School in Rockaway, NY. Many of the families there had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The 55 kids, in attendance, helped rebuild part of Rockaway, in their own way, using LEGO.
We talked about the importance of the community, our engineers, construction workers, our leaders, and even how kids can help with the relief effort. Parents even joined in on the fun once we got started. We split the engineers into 3 groups, and kids chose what part of the Rockaway they wanted to build. It was rewarding to see the kids learning the importance of teamwork and being united, just as their families and community have learned during this time of need.
At the end of the day, all the kids combined their sections of the city to rebuild Rockaway, NY.
The families, who in some cases are still homeless, carried a level of resilience that is inspiring. Long after the storm, there are many families still working to rebuild their homes in Rockaway, and this gave the kids an opportunity to also contribute. If you’d like to help support the work being done to rebuild in Rockaway and surrounding communities after Hurricane Sandy, you can donate to these organizations:
Here is a video of the devastation that hit Rockaway:
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.
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/.
Meet Alex Gray Osborne, also known as AG. AG is our newest North Carolina engineering instructor, and a recent graduate from North Carolina State University. He told us that #4 on his bucket list was to get paid to play with LEGO. This job helped him cross off one of the items on his bucket list.
Last summer, AG worked in the Sierra Nevadas assisting the US Forest Service. He also found time to drive cross-country. Now AG hopes that some of the money he earns from this job can help him fulfill the next item on his bucket list: learning how to scuba dive. If you are interested in working for Play-Well TEKnologies and are in the process of fulfilling something on your bucket list, visit our Play-Well Jobs Page.
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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.