Press Advisory: Building Washington D.C. out of LEGO To Bring The Community Together

In the midst of all the saddening news around immigration, DACA, the pending Supreme Court decision regarding the travel ban, and discussion around what it is to be an American, there is an event on the outskirts of the politically divided beltway that represents the exact opposite of these storylines.  In Silver Spring, MD a community is deciding to come together by playing, despite their differences.
On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, at the Silver Spring International Middle School, recently resettled refugee families will be building the towns, villages, and cities that they recently left out of LEGO bricks.  The International Rescue Committee Silver Spring has been working closely with these families as they get acquainted with their new homeland.
Later that day, the IRC Silver Spring will be inviting local families from the Silver Spring Community to meet their new neighbors and together they will build Washington D.C. out of 40,000 LEGO® pieces. The event revolves around connection, community, and play.
Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Press Contact:
Preethi Nampoothiri, Deputy Director
International Rescue Committee Silver Spring
Here are examples of Play-Well’s other city builds:

Attendees Playing Well At VMworld 17

At VMworld 17, VMware’s largest thought leadership and education event of the year, attendees got an opportunity to not only learn, but also play.  When not in sessions, attendees got the chance to build with over 70,000 pieces of LEGO, as well as create their own LEGO Minifigure to take home.  Here are some of the highlights of what was created:

 

Celebrating The Golden State Warriors By Building With LEGO®

Because Play-Well TEKnologies is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, our staff are huge Golden State Warriors fans.  We are doing another Golden State Warriors Building Challenge where if you can create a Golden State Warriors Tribute out of LEGO® materials, you could win a Golden State Warriors Bow Tie made out of LEGO® materials.  We are giving away over 40 Bow Ties for fans to wear during these NBA Finals.  The best part is it is FREE to enter and you get to have fun playing with LEGO while creating an awesome Golden State Warriors Tribute.

Check the details on how to enter below.

Here are examples of what fans have built in the past to celebrate the Warriors.

Here are some of our Golden State Warriors Fan Recipients from the past:

To enter, do the following steps:

#1. Build a Golden State Warriors Tribute in LEGO and tag us one of our social media channels:

#2. Tag us on social media or email your picture to jeff@play-well.org.

Feel free to also tag the Golden State Warriors:

#3. Celebrate! You are done!

Deadline To Enter: The End of the NBA Finals

Enjoy the rest of the NBA Finals!

Press Advisory: Creating the City of Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks at The Thinkery

On Wednesday Night, June 14th, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating with the Thinkery to build the city of Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks.  Families will get the opportunity to build the city of Austin as they would like to see it.  They also get to tackle these questions through play:

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

Building The City of Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks takes place during Thinkery’s special Community Night hours (Wednesdays from 4–8 pm), when admission to the museum is by donation—meaning families are able to pay what they can. The suggested donation is $1.

Thinkery strives to provide a friendly, inspiring space to learn for the entire community, regardless of financial status. By providing experiences to underserved audiences, the museum broadens its ability to equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.

For information about Thinkery and its Community Night program, please click here.

For information about Thinkery’s STEAM on the Spot program, please click here.

Here are the details of the event:

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

Location: The Thinkery, Austin Children’s Museum, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 13th, 2017 / 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thinkery Contact:Taylor Grobelny, tgrobelny@thinkeryaustin.org.

Play-Well Contact: Miranda Urban, miranda@play-well.org

Thinkery

Thinkery is an evolution of Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.  For more information, visit thinkeryaustin.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 city builds in other states:

 

The City of Lafayette Staff Came Out To Play

On May 9th, 2017, the City of Lafayette brought together staff from their police department, economic development, firefighter core, recreation department, engineering department, and maintenance team together to connect through play.  We created a communication gap workshop where they needed to figure out how best lean on each other to accomplish a common goal.  Here are some of the highlights of the event: