Harry Potter Camps Bring A Little Magic to Your Summer

This year we launched a brand new summer camp offering – Harry Potter Magical Engineering. Our Arizona instructor, Jacinda, sent us an awesome little story about her experience running her first HP camp! We love awakening the inner engineering in our campers and one of the best ways to create lasting memories is to geek out together! Great job, Jacinda! Way to go the extra mile with these incredible name tags!

Harry Potter style name tags hand drawn by our AZ instructor!

“I had such an awesome week with this great group of very creative & skilled builders. This was my first Harry Potter-themed camp, and we had so much fun together! The kids and their grownups were so excited when they came in the first day and found their name tags that I handmade for them in H.P. lettering! They all wanted to save them! We had some very cool Hogwarts Express trains, one student made a huge Hungarian Horntail Dragon, dragon guarded mazes with rotating staircases, and each house dormitory was filled with a variety of magical additions (such as trophy cases, blue birds, and Hufflepuff bedspreads). We had STEM Challenge in the morning, and one student turned their gondola into a flying broom! I just wanted to share all the awesomeness!”

– Jacinda Cothrun
Phoenix, AZ Instructor

Hanging out at Hogwarts!
Creating some cool mazes.
Hungarian Horntail Dragon.
Hogwarts!

Building Human Spinal Columns out of LEGO with Stanford Neuroscientists

On December 5th, 2016,Stanford University Brain Development Department and Play-Well TEKnologies helped families in the Palo Alto community build human spinal columns out of LEGO.  The goal was to raise awareness about STEM education, as well as connect the Palo Alto community to the research being done at Stanford University.  Over 500 parents and kids from Palo Alto participated in the event.  As a group, they attempted to break two Guinness World Records.  One of the tallest LEGO spinal column and one for the most anatomically correct spinal columns.  They ended up building 86 anatomically correct LEGO spinal columns and one spinal column that was 9 Ft. 2 inches.

The San Francisco Chronicle covered the event.  SF Chronicle LEGO Spinal Column Event

Here is the article: Kids Use LEGO At Stanford Project to Learn About Tech Education

Check out video and pictures from the LEGO Spinal Column Event below.

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Under the Helmet: Derek Delivery

Another installment of Under the Helmet our Star Wars-inspired series where we reveal the true storm troopers beneath the mask. Todays edition is starring, Derek!

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At 16, Derek has a ways to go before he can be drafted into the Imperial Army. For now he is an honorary trooper and everyones favorite pizza delivery boy. He makes sure that all the troops get the freshest, cheesiest pies delivered in record time. Derek will even throw in free breadsticks from time to time. In honor of his hard work & dedication they’ve gifted him a trooper uniform and he’s even allowed to come to free combat days to start developing his skills. Good luck, Derek!

Check out all of the Under The Helmet Stormtrooper stories HERE.

Under The Helmet: Rudy Raspberry

Another installment of Under the Helmet our Star Wars-inspired series where we reveal the true storm troopers beneath the mask. Todays edition is starring, Raspberry!

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Being a Storm Trooper is a rough job but Rudy is one tough cookie. She’s an expert marksman, extremely talented at hand to hand combat and she has the reflexes of a hawk. Out in the field she might be a lean mean fightin’ machine but when she comes home she’s just ‘Mom’. Rudy loves playing dress up with her two daughters, Lynne and Valor. Her kids favorite character is Rudy Raspberry, a magical fairy that leaves candy hidden in their house.

Check out all of the Under The Helmet Stormtrooper stories HERE.

Under The Helmet: El Diablo Rojo

Another installment of Under the Helmet our Star Wars-inspired series where we reveal the true storm troopers beneath the mask. Todays edition is starring, El Diablo Rojo!

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El Diablo Rojo is a very special storm trooper because underneath his mask is, well, another mask! He has an outstanding wrestling record and is currently the galaxy champion in his division! Many say he earned his powerful name from the copious blood shed at each of his events. The true identity of this particularly impressive trooper luchador may never be known.

Check out all of the Under The Helmet Stormtrooper stories HERE.

Under The Helmet: Michael the Mechanic

Another installment of Under the Helmet our Star Wars-inspired series where we reveal the true storm troopers beneath the mask. Todays edition is starring, Michael!

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Michael is a real gear head. He loves spending his down time fixing up his podracer. All the troopers on his crew know where to go when they have any mechanical problems. Mike is their go-to-guy. The only thing he likes more than tuning up pods is racing them!

Check out all of the Under The Helmet Stormtrooper stories HERE.

 

Under The Helmet: Harold

It’s day two of Under The Helmet and there are only 6 more days until the release of the new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens! We have a seasoned vet named Harold for our big reveal Friday.

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Meet Harold, he’s made a career out of Storm Trooping. Like a fine wine, Harold has gotten better with age honing in his skills and mastering his craft. What does he attribute to his long standing success as a war machine? His morning routine! Harold starts off each day with the crossword and a hot, strong cup o joe.